What is liposuction?
Liposuction - commonly known as ‘lipo’ - is a procedure from Spire Cosmetic Surgery that reshapes the body by permanently removing fatty deposits. Stubborn fat that is difficult to shift through diet or exercise often occurs on the tummy, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees and chin.
The benefits of liposuction
For those who have lost weight through diet and exercise but still have areas where fat seems impossible to shift, liposuction could be the answer. The benefits that result from ‘lipo’ will depend from patient to patient, however common benefits reported after liposuction surgery include:
- Less body fat
- Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem
- Ability to wear clothes that were previously unsuitable
- Feeling that your body is now in proportion
What happens in liposuction surgery?
There are two main liposuction techniques: wet and dry. Both will normally be performed under general anaesthetic, meaning you will be asleep for the duration of the liposuction procedure. However, if only a small amount of fat is to be removed, a local anaesthetic may be used instead. Depending on the amount of fat to be removed, the operation should last between one and two hours.
After the anaesthesia has taken effect, your surgeon will inject a fluid mixture made up of a salty solution, local anaesthetic and adrenaline. This helps to reduce bleeding, bruising and swelling, and also makes it easier for the fat cells to be removed.
An incision is made in your skin to allow a vacuum pump or syringe to be inserted. This is moved within the fatty tissue to suck out the fat and fluid. Finally, the cut is then closed with stitches.
The dry liposuction method does not use an injection of fluid yet does use the suction of a vacuum pump in a similar way to the wet technique. Dry liposuction can often result in more bruising after the operation – your surgeon at Spire Healthcare will discuss the best option for your needs.
Liposuction aftercare from Spire Cosmetic Surgery
Fat removal through liposuction is not a treatment for weight loss and should not be considered as an alternative to losing weight through healthy diet and exercise. You can achieve much better results by having liposuction after you have hit your target weight, using it to help smooth out any sagging skin or stubbornly fatty areas.
The results of liposuction can be long-lasting if you maintain a healthy body weight and exercise regularly, but of course gaining more weight may reverse the effects of your liposuction operation.
Liposuction from Spire Healthcare
With Spire Healthcare you will see an experienced consultant of your choice at a time that suits you. You will be treated in a premium private hospital, not a clinic, and you can be assured of our commitment to the highest healthcare standards and infection control excellence. Read more about why Spire is the trusted choice for cosmetic surgery.
How much does liposuction cost?
If you would like to know the price for liposuction, simply call your preferred Spire location to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser, send us an online enquiry or request a callback and we will be in touch.
How can I find out more about liposuction surgery?
- Coming along to a free Spire Cosmetic Surgery open event or mini-consultation is a great way to find out more about liposuction and other cosmetic procedures.
- Call your preferred Spire location to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser, or request a callback and we will get in touch as soon as we can.
- Alternatively you can send us an online enquiry and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.