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Surgery to to remove unwanted fat that is proving difficult to lose through traditional diet and exercise.
Fat is most commonly removed from the stomach, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, arms and chin to create a more even and streamlined silhouette. An experienced plastic surgeon inserts a thin metal tube (cannula), attached to a strong vacuum pump, into the targeted area of excess fat to remove it.
Liposuction works best in men and women who are generally a healthy weight, but have particularly stubborn areas of excess fat that they haven’t been able to shift through diet and exercise.
Liposuction is therefore typically advised for men and women who:
Liposuction is generally performed under general anaesthetic, but local anaesthetic may be offered if only a small amount of fat is being removed. The surgeon will begin by making a small incision in the targeted area, after which the fat is broken down by means of a low-frequency laser, high-pressure water jet or ultrasonic waves.
The surplus fat is then removed using 1 of the following methods:
Involves the injection of a fluid mixture made up of a salty solution, local anaesthetic and adrenaline to help reduce bleeding, bruising and swelling. It also makes it easier for the fat cells to be removed.
The dry liposuction method is similar but does not use an injection of fluid. The process leaves your small blood vessels and nerves intact, although it can result in more bruising than wet liposuction.
Whichever technique is used, the surgeon will insert a suction tube into the fatty area via a cannula that is connected to a strong vacuum pump. Using a back-and-forth motion, the excess fat is drained from the body.
The cut is then closed with stitches or a simple Elastoplast dressing. A firm support garment must then be worn to add pressure to the newly formed shape and assist with the early reduction of swelling and tissue healing
The procedure will take approximately 1 to 3 hours.
Guide price: £2,000
**Guide prices may vary following consultation
|What’s included?||Hospital Only Fixed Price Package|
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Expected length of stay: Day case procedure