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Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction assisted lipectomy, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits. The unsightly distribution of body fat is usually due to an inborn tendency to deposit fat in one particular area of the body, most commonly the hips.

Other areas include; the neck, arms, tummy, loins, thighs, inner side of the knees and the ankles. The growth of a benign fat tumour (lipoma) can also be a disfigurement, and in men fatty swellings can develop under the nipples to look like breasts (gynaecomastia).

Areas of the body commonly treated

Areas of the body commonly treated

A narrow metal tube is inserted through a small incision in the nearby skin

A narrow metal tube is inserted through a small incision in the nearby skin

A snug pressure garment is worn after surgery around the lower part of the body to help reduce swelling

A snug pressure garment is worn after surgery around the lower part of the body to help reduce swelling

Key facts:

  • Reduce bulk of an area of fat
  • Bruising may be an issue after surgery
  • Swelling may also be an issue after surgery
  • Fat cells are thought not to be regenerated in adult life. Therefore their removal by liposuction will give a permanent change in contour and be independent of any changes in your body weight
  • Liposuction is not treatment for obesity
  • Surgery taken place under general anaesthetic