Liposuction may be an option for you if you have stubborn areas of fat that you cannot shift with weight loss or exercise


Liposuction or liposculpture is a technique in which localised deposits of fat are removed to recontour one or more areas of the body. It can be very effective for stubborn areas of fat accumulation which have not responded to weight loss or exercise. We have been using liposuction in Edinburgh for over 25 years and commonly use it to treat areas such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, back, knees, legs, ankles and the neck (see facial liposculpture).

A narrow tube (cannula) is inserted through tiny incisions and is used to vacuum the fat that lies in a layer between the skin and the muscles. The cannula is carefully passed (multiple times) through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and suctioning them using a special machine. Liposuction can be used on very localised areas (such as the hips/ outer thighs) or it can be used to suction wide areas of fat (such as the abdomen/ back). Depending on the extent of the procedure and patient wishes, it can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.

The success of liposuction relies on several factors:

  • The technique is user dependent 

A skilled surgeon is required to delicately ‘sculpt’ the areas being treated. When performed incorrectly, liposuction can leave the treated areas feeling lumpy and looking uneven.

  • Certain parts of the body respond to liposuction better than others

For example the hips/ outer thighs respond much better than the inner thighs.

  • Another very important factor is the quality of the patient’s skin

Dramatic improvements can be achieved when the skin is of good quality and has not been overly stretched in the past. Skin quality often determines whether liposuction alone will suffice or whether a combined surgical procedure will be needed. For example, when the skin is of poor quality and there is excessive skin then abdominal liposuction often needs to be combined with some kind of ‘tummy tuck’ procedure. This also applies to neck liposuction where excess skin may need to be corrected with a neck/ lower face lift.

  • Patient expectations are also crucial to the success or not of liposuction

Many patients are happy to accept some loose skin following liposucution if they have been warned about it and are keen to avoid a more involved surgical procedure.

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Before and after tummy liposuction (results will vary from patient to patient)


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Before and after back liposuction (results will vary from patient to patient)


Prices from

Liposuction £2500 upwards

Consultation £150

All inclusive costs for 1 year following surgery


Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) by Zebra Health Finance (formerly First Medical Loans). They offer interest free loans up to a certain value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.


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Before and after liposuction (results will vary from patient to patient)



Ttype of Anaesthetic
Local (smaller areas) General

Length of Surgery
1-3 hours

Nights in Hospital

Few days to 2 weeks off work 4-6 weeks before strenuous exercise


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