Liposuction involves minimal access removal of fat through small incisions. It is particularly useful for removing stubborn areas of fat that persist after weight loss, for example in the thigh and hip regions.

Treatment details

Liposuction can be used to contour the body into a more feminine or more masculine shape. Liposuction is also used to treat men with excessive breast tissue (gynaecomastia).

The benefits of liposuction will be maintained as long as there is not general weight gain following the operation.

Liposuction surgery can be performed on any area of the body and the technique is often used as part of other cosmetic surgery procedures such as Abdominoplasty/Tummy Tuck, breast reduction and male chest reduction.

Surgery can be performed on areas such as the arms, inner and outer thighs, stomach/abdomen, hips, knees and/or chin.

Our technique

I make a small incision in the area being treated before inserting a thin tube called a cannula. The other end of this cannula is attached to a powerful vacuum device which removes fat quickly and efficiently.

Liposuction requires the input of energy to achieve fat removal. In its simplest form this may simply be manual liposuction or an automatically moving liposuction cannula (‘power-assisted liposuction’). Other techniques include ultrasound-assisted, radiofrequency-assisted, water-assisted and laser-assisted liposuction.  Some of these are aggressively marketed to patients. I would urge you to seek in-person professional advice on the best kind of liposuction for your particular concern, rather than necessarily insisting on the latest trend.

Surgery is usually performed under general anaesthetic but can be performed under local anaesthetic with sedation, and is often treated as a day case. This means that you shouldn’t have to stay in hospital overnight. The procedure usually takes between one and two hours depending on the area being treated and how much fat is being removed.

Fulvio's advice

Liposuction is designed to help remove areas of fat and reshape particular areas of the body. For most people, losing weight, toning up and achieving the figure they want requires a combination of healthy eating and regular exercise, but some people can be left with pockets of fat that exercise or dieting cannot shift. Liposuction is a bad option for general weight control but a great option for those ‘stubborn fatty pockets’ that don’t respond to a healthy lifestyle.

If you have a large volume of stubborn fat it may not be possible to remove all of it in one go. Under those circumstances you could require more than one procedure to achieve the results you want.

  • Analgesia (pain relief) – Ibuprofen and paracetamol can be taken
  • Complete rest will be necessary for 48 hours
  • Daily tepid showers will be possible after 48hours
  • Surgical skin tapes should be left in place for 2 weeks
  • The hospital or surgeon should be contacted if you develop a temperature
  • The hospital or surgeon should also be contacted immediately in rare cases of bleeding or rapid swelling
  • Patients should take care not to over exert themselves in the first few weeks and to keep pressure off the wounds
  • Wounds will be checked and sutures removed normally at 1 week
  • I will see you routinely at 1, 2 and 6 weeks after surgery
  • Dressing care nurses may see you more often
  • Swelling reduces after a few weeks
Procedure statistics

General Anaesthetic or Local with Sedation

Reasonably mobile: Next day

Garments: Compression garments to be worn for 4 weeks

Hospital stay: None

Washing: Immediately

Full recovery: 2-3 weeks

Surgery time: 1-2 hours

Driving: 1 week

Time off work: 1-2 weeks

Exercise: 4-6 weeks

Price: £3400 to £6200

Before and after procedure

  • Dear Fulvio, Thank you so much for the fantastic Lipoabdominoplasty and breast reduction surgery that I had two weeks ago. The results have exceeded all my expectations that I had and I am so happy. I can’t stop looking at my new body in the mirror. As you know I had wanted this procedure for a long time but I was extremely nervous. From my first consultation with you, you allayed all my fears. Throughout, your calm, professional manner fill me with confidence that I was in safe hands and I was doing the right thing. At no time did you ever make me feel under any pressure. I would highly recommend you to anyone who is having similar surgery. You’ve change my life and I love my new breasts! See original

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