Who will liposuction benefit?
Liposuction is a body contouring procedure and not a weight loss procedure suitable for patients who are grossly overweight. Liposuction is extremely effective in removing stubborn fat deposits that do not respond to exercise or dieting. Patients considering liposuction should think in terms of changing their shape as opposed to losing weight.
Areas that are eligible for Vaser lipo are: the jawline, neck, upper arms, male chest, stomach, love handles, back, buttocks, inner and outer thighs, knees. Liposuction is useful for those looking to kick start a body contouring programme. You can telephone us or book online (online form) to arrange your consultation with our clinicians and see if you are a suitable candidate for liposuction.
How is liposuction performed?
There are different types of procedures that remove fatty tissue. Liposuction can be performed:
a) Under general anaesthetic, whereby the patient is asleep. A tube is inserted into the target area and the solid fat cells are broken up and then sucked out. This is traditional liposuction.
b) Under local anaesthetic, whereby the patient is awake but given injections to numb the area. The fat is melted using a laser after making a small incision. This procedure is called Vaser lipo. The melted fat can be broken down by the body over a period of time.
c) Alternatively, the majority of the Vaser melted fat can be aspirated (sucked out) at the time of the Vaser lipo. At Skin Medical we have been performing different body areas since 2008. The procedure carried out under local anaesthetic and has many advantages over the general anaesthetic mainly due to reduced downtime and affordability.
How long will liposuction take?
Traditional liposuction requires general anaesthetic, so an overnight stay is required in hospital.
Vaser lipo requires a local anaesthetic, so you can go home straight after the procedure. Patients are able to return to their normal activities including driving at their convenience. With Vaser lipo patients will typically be in the clinic for 1.5-3.5 hours, with actual times depending on the size of the area(s) being treated.
What results can I expect from liposuction?
Patients can expect to have a slimmer, more shapely neck or body as a result of liposuction, giving them more confidence in their appearance. Browse before and after pictures of liposuction here.
How long is the recovery period from liposuction?
Traditional liposuction will create considerable bruising that with remain for 2-3 weeks and strenuous activity should be avoided for 3-4 weeks. Some discomfort is felt for a few weeks. A support garment will be prescribed to aid recovery. An overnight hospital stay will also be required.
Vaser lipo will create minimal bruising, and strenuous activity should be avoided for at least two weeks. A support garment is recommended to be worn for six to eight after the procedure to promote skin tissue shrinkage, aid optimal body contouring and prevent seroma. Patients will be able to return to their normal daily activities 48 hours after the procedure.
Are there any side effects after liposuction?
With traditional liposuction it is normal to experience soreness in the operative area after surgery for 2-3 weeks. Expect to have bruising. For Vaser lipo with aspiration there is little discomfort and a minimal amount of bruising is expected. Aside from post-operative discomfort, side effects following Vaser are rare.
Side effects that patients may experience include:
- Post-procedure bleeding or oozing.
- Bruising at the treatment site: This typically lasts for 10 – 14 days.
- Infection: This is very rare. Patients will be given a low dose of antibiotics for 7 days post-procedure.
- Swelling: Common post-procedure. An anti-inflammatory is prescribed.
- Scarring: The incision site may result in a small scar.
- Assymetry/contour irregularities: Are very rare and usually occur when patients do not correctly wear their compression garments.
- Burn: The ultrasonic energy from the handpiece may cause a slight burn around the incision site.
- Seroma: Collection of fluid is high risk on the abdomen but can occur in any area. The wearing of the compression garment is particularly important to prevent seroma. Patients may be advised to have lymphatic drainage massage should seroma occur.
With traditional Liposuction in some cases a degree of unevenness in the smoothness of the skin can occur. We offer a comprehensive and extensive post-operative care programme, which includes detailed post-operative instructions and follow-up appointments with our clinicians at our clinic.
Should patients experience any unusual conditions in the interim period experience, they are encouraged to get in touch with the clinic so we can investigate and take corrective steps.
Our comprehensive aftercare programme will be explained at the time of the consultation.
Who performs the Vaser?
At Skin Medical we enlist the services of leading NHS Consultation Plastic Surgeons who are registered on the NHS Specialist Register, and experienced NHS Surgeons who are experienced in the use of Vaser technology. Our NHS Plastic Surgeons are not only experienced in cosmetic surgery but also reconstruction surgery and post-trauma treatment.
When having Vaser or any surgical procedure, it is important to ensure that the practitioner is fully qualified and has the relevant experience in the particular procedure being performed. Full CVs of our surgeons are available upon request.
Can I combine liposuction with other treatments?
Patients who decide to have liposuction often are suitable for tummy tuck surgery. Women seeking to improve their figure substantially may also opt for breast augmentation, assuming they are a good candidate. These options can be explained and explored at consultation should this be something that patients are interested in.
How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of traditional liposuction is typically upwards of £4000. Vaser liposelection prices start from £2000 for some areas. In all cases, precise quotations can only be given at time of consultation with our clinicians.
How do I arrange to have liposuction?
The next step to finding out more about liposuction is to arrange a consultation is by either telephoning 0161 839 766 or by booking online.
At our consultation, we ascertain your medical history, listen to your requirements and assess your suitability. Our clinician will advise on pricing and answer all questions. Patients will have able opportunity to reflect on the information provided to decide on the best course of action. The medical consultations with a clinical practitioner typically take 45 minutes however could take longer depending the number of questions patients may have. We understand that this is a big decision and we want patients to be totally satisfied that it is the right thing for them before committing to booking the procedure.