What is Liposuction?

Liposuction or liposculpture is an operation to remove areas of subcutaneous fat.

    The procedure is usually performed under a general anaesthetic (you are asleep) and is a daycase. The areas to be treated are injected with saline and local anaesthetic and then small incisions allow the instruments to extract fat from beneath the skin. The wounds are closed with dissolving stitches and then simple dressings applied.

    You will usually be placed into a compression garment which you will wear for a few weeks, this helps to reduce swelling and improve comfort.

    The wounds can sometimes ’leak’ bloodstained fluid for a couple of days, this is usually very minor if at all. You will return after a week for the dressings to be removed and the wounds inspected. It is likely that you will return to light activity or work after a week, the swelling will continue for several weeks and the final result is likely to take up to three months.

    Liposuction is a very widely performed procedure, it is safe and has high patient satisfaction, there is a limit to the total volume that can be removed at any one time as this can result in fluid balance problems. However, all surgical procedures come with a degree of risk and it is important that you thoroughly research the procedure before committing to the operation. Further information on this can be found here


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General or Local
Procedure length
1 -2 Hours
Return to work
1 week or less
Return to exercise
4 - 6 weeks
No drains. No suture removal

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