Liposuction

Body fat removal

A cosmetic procedure to remove excess body fat that can't be lost through diet and exercise

About

Sometimes, it takes more than exercise and a healthy diet to lose body fat - especially on the hips, thighs and stomach. Liposuction removes unwanted body fat to help give you the shape you want. It isn't a treatment for cellulite or obesity. Rather, it works best on people who aren't overweight.

Need to know

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    Liposuction is usually carried out under general anaesthetic which means you'll be asleep. But if you're only having a small procedure, you might be offered local anaesthetic to numb the area. Your surgeon will mark out the part of your body that needs treating before breaking down your fat with a low-frequency laser, high-pressure water jet or ultrasonic waves. They then put suction tubes into your body via small tubes (canulas) and vaccuum out the excess fat. Your surgeon will stitch the cuts and apply a bandage.
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    Your consultant will tell you how to prepare for your operation. If you're having general anaesthetic, they'll tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking for beforehand. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you and answer any questions you might have.
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    Depending on your treatment, you might need to stay in hospital overnight. Otherwise, as soon as the anaesthetic has worn off you're free to go. You won't be able to drive so please arrange for someone to take you home. It's normal to have bruising, swelling, numbness and soreness for quite a while. Use pain relief if it's necessary. If your surgeon put a corset or compression bandage around you, you should wear it for a few weeks after your procedure. Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine - but you should take at least a week off work and avoid anything strenuous for about four weeks.

Paying for medical treatment

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Our consultants

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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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