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What areas are treated by liposuction?

Liposuction is commonly used to treat patients who are near normal weight and have firm elastic skin. It is not a substitution for weight loss. Common areas treated are:

  • Stomach
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Neck
  • Upper arms
  • Male breasts

What happens during liposuction?

Your consultant will assess your overall health, skin quality and the amount of fat to be removed before talking you through what approach will be used. 

Various types of anaesthesia are used during liposuction. If only small areas of fat are to be removed you may have local anaesthetic. More extensive surgery may require general anaesthetic. The length of your liposuction procedure will depend on the amount of fat being removed. 

Your surgeon will make a small incision in the skin. Using a thin, hollow tube they will break up the fat cells beneath the skin surface and remove them with a special suction or vacuum. Several incisions may be required for larger areas. Any incisions will be stitched at the end of the procedure. The area will be bandaged for support.

Recovering from liposuction

Depending on the extent of your surgery, you may be able to have the procedure as a day case. You will need pain relief medication once the anaesthesia wears off. You may need to wear an elastic support garment for two to six weeks after surgery. Remember to ask a friend or relative to drive you home. 

You will need to have your stitches removed five to ten days following your surgery. You may need to take one to two weeks off work depending on the extent of your procedure. For the first few weeks you will need to rest and avoid any strenuous activity. 

Once the swelling has decreased you will notice a difference in your body contour. However it may take up to six months to the area to settle.

This chart is only a guide to stages of recovery post liposuction. Everyone heals differently so your results may vary.

Day 1 – 3
Day 4-7
Day 7 – 10
Two weeks

Except when bathing an elastic support garment must be worn day and night around the operation site (does not apply to facial surgery)

Walking may be uncomfortable if your procedure was in the lower part of your body.

Gradually increase your activity.

Any stitches or staples are removed.

Return to work if approved by your surgeon

Three weeks
Two months
Six months
12 months

Normal activity level resumed.

You may need to continue to wear support garment.

You no longer need to wear a support garment

It can take 6 months for any swelling to disappear.

You may feel some numbness in the area

Final result can be judged as long as your weight has remained stable.

The results of liposuction appear gradually as swelling and bruising subside. The overall appearance will be visible within two to three weeks and most of the remaining swelling will have gone within six to 12 weeks. However, your shape will continue to improve over the next six months to a year, as long as your weight is stable.

What are the complications of liposuction?

Every surgical procedure has a risk of complications. Be sure and discuss any concerns you might have about these risks with your surgeon.

Specific complications of liposuction may include:

  • Stiffness and pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Unusual sensations
  • Fine thread veins
  • Lumpy appearance as remaining fat settles.
Find your nearest hospital that provides this treatment
Bournemouth  

67 Lansdowne Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1RW

01202 291866
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Brentwood  

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8EH

01277 695695
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Bristol  

3 Clifton Hill, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1BN

0117 906 4870
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Cambridge  

4 Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AF

01223 370 922
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Cardiff and Vale  

Cardiff Bay Hospital, Dunleavey Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN

02920 836700
Cheltenham  

Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6SY

01242 246 552
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Chester  

Wrexham Road, Chester, CH4 7QP

01244 680 444
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Chichester  

78 Broyle Road, Chichester, PO19 6WB

01243 530600
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Derby  

Rykneld Road, Derby, DE23 4SN

01332 540100
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Exeter  

Wonford Road, Exeter, EX2 4UG

01392 262110
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Glasgow  

25 Beaconsfield Road, Glasgow, G12 0PJ

01413349441
Guildford  

Stirling Road, Guildford, GU2 7RF

01483 555 800
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Hereford  

Venns Lane, Hereford, HR1 1DF

01432 355 131
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Ipswich  

Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP4 5SW

Enquiries 0300 1311419
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Leeds  

2 Leighton Street, Leeds, LS1 3EB

01133 882 067
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Leicester  

Scraptoft Lane, Leicester, LE5 1HY

Enquiries 0300 1311416
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Newcastle upon Tyne  

Clayton Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 1JP

0191 281 6131
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Oxford  

Beech Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7RP

01865 307777
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Plymouth  

Derriford Road, Plymouth, PL6 8BG

01752 775861
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Shrewsbury  

Longden Road, Shrewsbury, SY3 9DP

01743 282628
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Taunton  

Staplegrove Elm, Taunton, TA2 6AN

01823 286991
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Tees  

Junction Road, Norton, Stockton on Tees, TS20 1PX

01642 367439
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Tunbridge Wells  

Kingswood Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4UL

01892 531111
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Warwickshire  

The Chase, Old Milverton Lane, Leamington Spa, CV32 6RW

01926 427971
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Wessex  

Winchester Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 2DW

02380 266 377
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Woking  

Shores Road, Woking, GU21 4BY

Switchboard 01483 227800
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Wolverhampton  

Wood Road, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, WV6 8LE

01902 793 269
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York  

Haxby Road, York, YO31 8TA

01904 715000
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