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Liposuction / Fat Removal

Liposuction Surgery for men at the Belvedere Clinic London, Kent & Essex

Liposuction Surgery / Fat Removal for Men


Believe it or not, one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the UK is currently male liposuction.

In previous years, liposuction was a surgical procedure typically associated with females with a tummy tuck being a popular method for females to quickly regain their physique and confidence. However, more males in the 21st century are turning to cosmetic procedures such as liposuction, to gain the appearance they desire and overcome any body image issues.

What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure aiming to remove any stubborn body fat from the patient, and male liposuction forces specifically at the male body. The majority of men have problems losing fat from different areas of their body despite eating healthily and gaining regular exercise. This fat can be due to genetic factors or even the result of medical conditions, such as gynecomastia.

If you are considering liposuction for men in London, Essex or Kent, or have any questions regarding this treatment, then please give us a call on: 020 8311 4464, email us on:, or fill in our contact form.

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:

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

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About Your Liposuction Procedure

Procedure Tppe: Performed under anaestheticHow does liposuction work?

Procedure Time: 1 -3 hours

No of proc needed: 1/area

Recovery Time: 8-10 weeks


Both males and females present with two layers of fat beneath the skin, and it is liposuction that targets the deeper layer of fat. During a traditional procedure, the cosmetic surgeon will make small incisions into the body and utilise a thin tube known as a cannula to disintegrate the fat. The breaking up of the fat will prompt removal of the fat and this is then removed using a surgical vacuum or syringe. This is a simple procedure and can be done quickly, but it can take longer if the patient requires fat removal from multiple areas.

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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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 Benefits Of Liposuction For Men?

In recent years, liposuction has grown in demand among males who are attempting to look younger and gain the body they have always desired. Traditionally, females were concerned with their appearance; however, an increasing number of males are more conscious of their bodies and have gained an understanding of how liposuction can benefit them.

Male’s bodies differ significantly from female bodies when it comes to fat burning as they store fat in different areas. Women present with fatty deposit around the mid-section, whereas males struggle with fat collecting around the upper abdomen and the loins. The fatty deposits around the loins are typically known as ‘love handles’. Liposuction procedures performed specifically on these areas will assist males in achieving their ideal body.

Liposuction is a permanent treatment removing the unwanted fat cells completely. This is particularly beneficial for individuals who are unsure of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle; however, it should not be utilised as a treatment for obesity and must not be used as a substitute for healthy living.

What Are The Risks Of Liposuction For Men?

As with all things in life, liposuction presents with risks as well as benefits. Some typical side effects of the process include inflammation, numbness, bleeding, bruising, and skin burns in the affected area. More severe complications can be the development of infections, blood clots, or kidney problems.

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

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 weight loss. 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, sometimes giving the appearance of significant weight loss.

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