At our plastic surgery clinic in London, liposuction is a specialty for men and women patients. Liposuction—also known as Liposculpture, Suction Lipectomy, or Body Reshaping—is a Plastic Surgery operation to reshape areas of the face and body by removing excess fat that does not respond to diet and exercise in order to achieve a more aesthetic facial or body shape.
Abnormal or excess fat deposition can arise from a familial trait or simply as a result of the changes of aging. Fat deposition in the lower body and legs (Lipodystrophy) commonly has a genetic link and can prove difficult for the patient to reduce with diet and exercise but is suitable for Liposuction, Liposculpture. Fat deposition in the male chest (Gynaecomastia) is relatively common and rarely responds to diet and exercise but is suitable for Liposuction, Liposculpture, or PAL Liposuction, VASER Liposuction.
What is Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Liposuction is a technique for fat removal using a minimal incision and a thin cannula. Many methods have been developed to assist or improve the efficiency of fat removal.
Different Types of Liposuction
Traditional Liposuction uses the manual movement of the cannula with suction, while Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL), uses a rapidly vibrating cannula to remove fat. Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) and VASER utilize ultrasonic waves to disrupt fat cells before suction. LASER Assisted Liposuction achieves a similar effect as UAL but is less selective to the fat cells. BodyJet utilizes high-flow water to disrupt fat while removing it with suction.
It is important to understand that all techniques require fat to be removed by suction. Many claim to be better than “Traditional Liposuction” but no scientific data has been published comparing these techniques. Like many surgical procedures (Liposuction is a surgical procedure) the results are determined by the skill and training of the operator more than the technique used.
What are the Benefits of Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Liposuction – Liposculpture is performed to remove excess fat that does not reduce following exercise and diet. Liposculpture or Liposuction aims to improve body shape and self-image enabling you to wear the clothes you want. Liposuction – Liposculpture is carried out to correct abnormal fat deposits; under the chin, neck, male chest (Gynaecomastia), and lower body (Lipodystrophy).
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Liposuction, Liposculpture?
There are many great candidates for liposuction. But it’s important to consider these factors. Loose skin in the area of concern will reduce the benefit of Liposuction and some form of skin tightening treatment or procedure may be necessary for combination with Liposuction. Below, are some of the best candidates for the surgery:
- Patients should be on a good diet and be on a healthy workout regimen.
- Candidates should not smoke. If you do smoke, it’s important to stop a few weeks prior to surgery
- If you’re close to your ideal weight and are stable, you’re a great candidate.
- If you’re concerned about stubborn fat around the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, neck, or arms then Liposuction can improve your body shape and self-image.
Common treatment areas of Liposuction
The surgery can be done in multiple areas. Below, we’ve provided some of the more popular:
- Abdomen/midsection — oftentimes to reduce a “muffin top” look.
- Chin — to reduce a double chin, and provide a slimmer face
- Breasts — Many patients get liposuction in their breasts, as part of a reduction or gynecomastia
- Arms — It’s common for patients to get liposuction in their arms, to provide thinner arms with less drooping
- Thighs — Many of our patients get liposuction in their thighs, to achieve slimmer legs.
What’s the First Step?
The first step is to get in touch. By filling out a contact form or giving us a phone call, our compassionate team will schedule a consultation to meet one-on-one with Mr. Inglefield. During your consultation, you’ll be able to express your aesthetic desires. Mr. Inglefield will provide a full assessment, and based on his examination, he’ll provide you with his expert recommendations.
During your consultation, it’s important that you’re as open and honest as possible. Good communication with your surgeon will lead to the best possible results.
If you’re comfortable with the consultation and want to move forward with the operation, surgery will be booked. The team at London Bridge Plastic Surgery will provide you with full preoperative instructions. Smoking must be avoided before and after Liposuction to avoid complications such as infection or poor healing. You should also avoid any blood thinning medication or supplements. Mr. Inglefield will also want to know your medical history and any medications you’re taking. Again, openness and honesty are key and will lead to exceptional results.
Do I need to lose weight before my Liposuction, Liposculpture?
We recommend that you should be as close to your ideal body weight as possible before you undergo Liposuction, Liposculpture. However, many patients find it very difficult to exercise effectively. It is important even in this circumstance that you eat a good diet and are losing weight before your surgery.
What to Expect on the Day of Surgery?
The time of a London liposuction procedure will vary depending on the amount and areas to be treated ranging from 30 minutes to up to 5 hours.
Liposuction, Liposculpture in small areas can be performed under local anaesthetic in an outpatient setting without the need for hospitalisation. However, larger or multiple areas will require a day stay procedure under sedation or general anaesthesia.
During surgery, Mr. Inglefield will create a small incision used to insert a narrow cannula that will loosen the fat layer and vacuum it out. Our world-class surgical team will make every effort to make the incisions as inconspicuous as possible in well-hidden areas.
After returning home from surgery, we suggest that our patients take time off work. Most patients are able to return after approximately one week. During the first few days, we recommend taking it easy, catching up on Netflix show, and resting. Light walking is recommended as it will reduce swelling and complications.
As for scaring, unfortunately, it is necessary to have a scar or scars as a result of Liposuction—as this is a surgery. However, we make every effort to minimize the scars and ensure that these are as inconspicuous as possible. Scars will be placed in the least visible areas as much as possible or in previous scars or within tattoos. We avoid symmetric scars on the body as these are more associated with cosmetic procedures than asymmetric scars.
Full post-operative instructions will be given to you by our surgical team. It’s vital that you follow these guidelines as close as possible, as it will help reduce complications ensure that you have the best outcome.
While there can be some minor pain and discomfort, the recovery process won’t be too bad. We can prescribe medication to help with recovery. Medication should be taken as prescribed.
What are the Risks of Liposuction, Liposculpture?
Common to all surgical procedures there are always risks associated with surgery. However, Liposuction, Liposculpture is a safe procedure when performed by a fully qualified and trained plastic, a cosmetic surgeon in Hospitals with a high standard of care. The common risks are bleeding (rare -less than 0.5%), infection (rare -less than 0.5%) delayed skin healing, seroma collection (fluid under the skin), irregularity of the skin, numbness in the area, and poor scarring – hypertrophic or keloid scarring. Each of these risks may require revision surgery. Other risks that may occur are blood clots – DVT and PE (0.5%), asymmetry. Damage to internal organs (bowel, lungs) is extremely rare.
How Much Does Liposuction Cost in London?
The cost of liposuction in London can vary on a number of factors, as the surgery is tailored individually for each patient. During your consultation and discussions with Mr. Inglefield, you’ll determine the best surgical plan and specific targeted areas. At that point, we’ll provide you with a full breakdown of the costs. We offer financing options, which can help ease the payment for our patients.
Your questions answered
Can I combine liposuction with other procedures?
Absolutely! Oftentimes, liposuction is combined with a tummy tuck for optimal results in the stomach area. Liposuction can also be paired with breast surgeries, such as breast enlargement, breast lift, or breast reduction. We have many mothers who desire surgery after pregnancy. While the joys of childbirth can be amazing, it’s no secret that the transportation of life can take a toll on women’s bodies. We offer a mommy makeover for patients who desire multiple breast and body surgeries to get their pre-pregnancy bodies back.
Why Choose London Bridge Plastic Surgery?
Mr. Christopher Inglefield is a London-based world-renowned plastic surgeon operating in one of the best surgical facilities in the world. Mr. Inglefield is widely recognized by patients and colleagues as one of the top UK liposuction surgeons with expertise in aesthetic surgery. His patient reviews on RealSelf speak to his excellence. Beyond Mr. Inglefield’s wide array of knowledge, he prides himself on his relationship with patients and his bedside manner.
Schedule Your Consultation
Many of our London liposuction patients find that the procedure can be life-changing. If you’re interested in finding out more information, asking questions, or want our surgeon’s expert opinions, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.