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 handy 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 machine. Liposuction can be used on very localised areas (such as the hips/ outer thighs), or it can be used to suction broad 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 significant 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 a ‘tummy tuck’ procedure.
- Patient expectations are also crucial to the success or not of liposuction
Many patients are happy to accept some loose skin following liposuction if they have been warned about it and are keen to avoid a more involved surgical procedure.
Liposuction £2500 upwards
All inclusive costs for one year following surgery
Finance is available (subject to application and vetting) through a company working with the Spire Hospital. They offer interest-free loans up to a particular value. They can usually provide a decision online within 15 minutes.