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Liposuction Surgery at the Belvedere Clinic London, Kent & Essex

Liposuction Surgery for Men & Women

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The aim of liposuction Surgery is to re-contour your body to produce a more proportioned and often aesthetically enhanced shape. The technique has many applications and the range of procedures is available to both men and women.

Women most frequently request liposuction to the hips, thighs and stomach. The most common area for men is the chest ‘Gynaecomastia’ and sides of the waist ‘love handles’.

The effect of the surgery should be highly noticeable in the treated areas. However, although the fat cells that have been aspirated do not regenerate, a small percentage of these cells are left under the skin and muscle and will continue to store fat if excessive weight is regained.*

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About Your Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed on both men and women to permanently remove fat cells from certain problem areas of the body. Small thin tubes with blunt tips, called cannulas, are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin and fat deposits are removed by suction from targeted parts of the body. Liposuction can be done using traditional methods or assisted by laser or ultrasound to help liquefy fat before suction. The amount of excess fat that can be removed has to be observed as too much may increase surgical risks and leave dents and lumps in the skin.

Liposuction is usually done on patients with a stable body weight who would like to remove unwanted deposits from specific areas in order to improve the shape of the body. The procedure does not remove cellulite, stretch marks, or dimples and is not an overall weight-loss method or treatment for obesity. The aim is more aesthetic and suits individuals who would like to re-shape and enhance the contours of their body by targeting problem areas that do not respond well to exercise or diet.

how-liposuction-worksProcedure Time: 1 -3 hours
No of proc needed: 1/area
Recovery Time: 8-10 weeks

Treatment applies to different body types and can be used to treat body areas below the neck, some of the most commonly treated areas are:

✓ Abdomen ✓ Flanks ✓ Back ✓ Arms ✓ Hips ✓ Buttocks ✓ Thighs ✓ Knees


Benefits of Liposuction

  1. It helps to reshape the contours of the body.
  2. Effects are long-lasting that helps prevent weight increase in the areas treated for a long time after the procedure.
  3. Improves the appearance of the body.
  4. Can help make the body look more natural by correcting abnormalities as a result of bypass or gastric band weight loss procedures.
  5. Results are almost immediate in most cases apart from swelling that may take a few weeks to subside.
  6. It can remove fatty breast tissue in men suffering from gynecomastia (excessive amounts of fatty tissue that develops in the breasts of men).
  7. It may help to completely remove lipomas (fatty tumours that develop in certain parts of the body).
  8. Helps in the treatment of lipodystrophy (a disturbance of fat metabolism that causes excessive fat to develop in some areas of the body and none in others).
  9. Removing fat cells can help to prevent chafing in areas like the thighs and reduce excessive sweating in the armpits.
  10. It encourages better health habits as the results of the procedure needs to be maintained with good dieting and exercise.
  11. Whilst it is not a substitute for healthy living, it can improve feelings of well-being when severe abnormalities and imbalances in the body’s appearance are corrected.

Liposuction Surgery Recovery

On the morning of your first appointment following your liposuction procedure you will need to have a bath and remove the white dressing. Your stitches will be removed at The Belvedere Clinic. Following this appointment your dressing and pressure garment should be kept on and in place for 7 days. You will then be able to shower but not bath until skin is healed. The pressure garment should continue to be worn for a further 6 weeks. Your surgeon will discuss this in detail with you however if you have any queries feel free to call us on the number below.

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*Please note individual results may vary, there is also a physical limitation to how much fat can be removed per session, your surgeon will be happy to discuss this with you at consultation prior to surgery.

Liposuction FAQs

If you are considering having liposuction, then you may have many questions that you would like to ask. Perhaps you are anxious about the procedure? Below we explore everything you need to know about liposuction.

What are the most common areas for Liposuction ?

Liposuction is among the top options to remove fat from body areas where fat is usually accumulated. These areas differ for men and women! For males the most frequently treated body areas are belly, flanks, breasts (in cases of gynecomastia) and chin/neck! For females the most frequent treatments take place at hips,thighs, arms, buttocks and breasts.

How much fat can be taken? Can you treat multiple areas at once ?

Only a doctor would be able to tell you how much body fat can be removed from a patient in one operation. Remember that this is not meant as a weight loss alternative. The idea behind the procedure is to create a more appealing silhouette. There may not actually be that much weight lost, but the slimmer profile is the promised reward.

How do I Choose a Reputable Surgeon?

It is important that the surgeon you choose to do your liposuction procedure is fully qualified and highly experienced in liposuction surgery. Make sure that the clinic you choose is reputable and registered with the CQC (Care Quality Commission) or the HIW (Healthcare Inspectorate Wales). Some surgeons are also registered with the GMC (General Medical Council). And registered as specialist surgeon and also BAAP (British association of aesthetic plastic surgery).  Ask the surgeon how many cosmetic procedures are performed on a daily basis which should give you an idea of how reputable the clinic is. A qualified cosmetic surgeon will have no problems showing you before and after photographs of recent procedures that he has done.

Am I a Good Candidate?

As a surgical procedure liposuction comes with the normal risks associated with surgery. To reduce the potential risks you must be in good health, a non-smoker, be within 30% of your ideal weight, and have firm elastic skin. You must also have realistic expectations and not expect the procedure to get rid of cellulite or help you lose weight but rather enhance the appearance of the body. The procedure is not recommended for those with health issues such as heart disease, blood flow problems, a weak immune system, or diabetes.

How soon will I see my results? What is the recovery time ?

That depends on the extensiveness of the operation, how much fat is being removed as well as how many areas were addressed by a single procedure. Many patients have reported dynamic results within days of the procedure and many others had to wait 3 months and more. It will be important to consult a doctor before any realistic projections can be made.

Are the Results Permanent?

Although the procedure permanently removes fat cells, weight can be gained in different areas of the body. To maintain the new shape of your body you should follow a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. Regular exercise will help keep your body in good shape.

When will the Stitches be Removed?

Unless you had dis-solvable stitches, they should be removed after about 7 – 10 wks

What happens after my Lipo procedure ?

Depending on the type of surgery, you may not have to stay in a hospital, but there will be swelling, bruising, and soreness that will take a few weeks to subside. You will be given antibiotics to prevent infection and most patients are able to resume their normal activities within 2 weeks. You may be required to use a compression garment to control swelling for a month to two after the procedure.

How long do I have to take Off Work?

After the procedure, full recovery takes about two weeks for a small area and you will be able to return to work within a few days.  If the area was large you may have to take up to ten days off work. How soon can I resume my Exercise Routine? You will need to avoid any strenuous activity for up to four weeks, but walking and general movement should be fine. After six weeks you may be able to resume strenuous exercise again.

Are Liposuction Results Immediate?

A significant fat loss will immediately be noticeable following your liposuction procedure. At first, there will be considerable swelling for the first week or two but as the swelling goes down, more dramatic results will be seen. Gradual improvement will continue until the final results will be evident, about three or four months after the procedure.

Who Shouldn't Have Liposuction

The aim of liposuction is to remove stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to other methods of losing weight. It works best for people who are healthy, close to normal weight and with tight skin who have already taken steps to change their lifestyles. It should not be considered as a treatment for obesity and it will not help you lose weight or remove cellulite or stretch marks.

Is liposuction Painful?

People have different pain thresholds but generally, there is not too much pain involved. In rare cases where a patient experiences a high level of pain, it can be controlled with pain medication and usually subsides within a few days.

What Does the Procedure Involve?

The areas on your body where fat is to be removed will be marked by the surgeon. The procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic, but for lower parts of the body epidural anaesthetic may sometimes be used. During the procedure, the surgeon will inject the area or areas with a solution to reduce the risk of bleeding, swelling and bruising.  A small incision will then be made to insert the suction tube and the tube will be manipulated to loosen the fat and aspirate it out . When the surgeon is satisfied that the desired results have been met, excess blood and fluid will be drained out before stitching the wound. Afterward, the treated area will be bandaged and a pressure garment will be fitted.

How Long Will The Procedure Take?

The procedure can take anything from one to three hours, depending on the size of the area.

How Long do I need to Stay in Hospital?

Most people stay in the hospital overnight but sometimes a longer stay of up to three days is required, depending on the size of the area treated and how well the patient responds. How Long does the Pressure Garment Have to be Worn for? The pressure garment that is fitted after surgery must be worn between eight or more weeks. The period will depend on the advice of your surgeon based on your personal recovery. The pressure garment can be removed when having a shower.

What are the Risks and Complications?

Apart from the normal risks that surgery carries, there are risks of bruising, bleeding after surgery, loose skin, skin irregularities, and infection.  Your patient advisor will guide you through the risks associated with liposuction procedures.

What Side Effects Can I Expect?

It is common to experience a significant amount of swelling and some bruising after liposuction that could last up to six months. If there is numbness, it usually goes away in about 6 – 8 weeks. There may be a certain amount of inflammation in the area and scarring may occur depending on your skin type. Fluid may seep from the wound for a few days. Swelling in the legs or ankles may occur if those areas have been treated.

How much does Liposuction Surgery Cost?

The Belvedere encourage you to call in and speak to our team, as areas of the body are all different and require different surgery times.

How Much Weight Will I Lose?

It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight loss tool and should only be used to treat areas of resistant fat that a healthy diet and exercise have been unable remove. The weight of the aspirated fat removed is very small in relation to your total body weight. Your surgeon will remove just the right amount of fat to help you get the shape you desire.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction?

By targeting well-defined areas of fat, your body shape will improve, your figure will be more in proportion, and your clothes will fit better, the reduced weight can also help with mobility.

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