Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion. Liposuction may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Back, chest area, upper arms
- Inner knee
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite or loose saggy skin. At 152 Harley Street, you will receive a full assessment and consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons to determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate for Liposuction.
At 152 Harley Street, liposuction is carried out under Local Anaesthetic & Sedation in our state-of-the-art day case theatre. You will be able to leave shortly after your procedure, but still receive the same thorough and excellent aftercare that you would expect with a general anaesthetic. For those living outside of London, we are able to personally arrange for you to stay in our partner hotel in Marylebone, just a few minutes from 152 Harley Street.
“Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body”
Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion.
The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
The small incisions usually result in fine scars that are barely visible once healed. At the end of the procedure an elasticated garment is worn over the area treated. The garment is worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery to maximise compression and remodelling of the skin.
Bruising and some swelling is to be expected after liposuction. Some people bruise more easily and so will see more discoloration in the skin than others.
Some irregularity in the skin is occasionally seen. It is not uncommon to see some irregularity in the contour of the skin caused by swelling immediately after the operation. Occasionally this may take 2-3 months to resolve.
There is also a small risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clot in the deep leg veins) after liposuction. Mobilising after surgery can lower its risk and this will be encouraged following your operation.