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Liposuction can remove excess fat from various areas of the body. It is ideally used to remove stubborn areas of fat that remain after dieting and exercise have been attempted. Loose skin, however, will not be improved by liposuction and further procedures may be required - in the tummy area for example, this may be in the form of a tummy tuck.




How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction can be performed under general anaesthesia, local anaesthesia or sedation, depending on the area requiring attention.

Small cuts are made near the fatty area to allow the insertion of a long hollow metal tube (cannula). The cannula is attached to a suction pump and, as the cannula is moved to and fro, fat is removed into the pump.

Tight bandaging, or a snug garment, will then be used to keep the area compressed and shapely until healing has occurred. This may need to be worn for up to six weeks.


When is the right time to have liposuction?liposuction of buttocks

Ideally, you will have tried to lose the fat through healthy eating and exercise. Once your weight is stable, and you find there is a stubborn area that can't be shifted, then liposuction could be considered.



What risks are involved with liposuction?

  • Bruising - this is a relatively common side-effect of liposuction, and can take about 2 weeks to settle.

  • Bleeding - the local anaesthetic and tight garment usually helps to prevent any such problems, although occasionally bleeding into the fat can still occur. This is usually of little consequence, although may rarely need a return to theatre.

  • Lumpiness - whilst the liposuction surgeon will aim to give a smooth contour result, the fat can sometimes heal to give a lumpy area, or some fat may remain giving a full-looking area. This could require further liposuction at a later stage. Very rarely the fat can heal to leave a depressed or 'dipped' area which can be revised, although can sometimes be difficult to treat.



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Any procedure involving skin incision can also result in unfavourable scarring, wound infection, or bleeding. This list of risks is not exhaustive, and you should discuss possible complications with your specialist. Whilst these risks will seem very worrysome, and indeed can be serious, it should also be borne in mind that many people have no postoperative problems whatsoever.

The information provided is as a guide only and you should discuss matters fully with your specialist before deciding if this is the right procedure for you. Please also read our disclaimer








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