Liposuction is a procedure that can slim and reshape parts of the body, and is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide. 


There are a variety of abdominoplasty procedures available, and operations can be tailored to suit a patient’s wishes and needs. Generally speaking, however, tummy tucks are most commonly carried out to remove excess skin, unwanted scars, stretch marks and fat, and to tighten the stomach muscles. The ideal patient is someone whose weight is normal, particularly those who have been overweight and have lost the excess weight.

Abdominoplasty is not an operation for people who are overweight, or as an attempt at losing weight. In appropriate patients abdominoplasty can have a very marked effect and is associated with high patient satisfaction. 



Areas of the body commonly treated

Areas of the body commonly treated

For patients thinking about liposuction, it is important to remember that this treatment is not a cure, but can help to correct and improve bodily contours in areas that are resistant to weight loss. As a surgical technique, liposuction works by removing pockets of fat in areas that are beyond the reach of diet and exercise. It is most effective for people who are near normal weight and have firm, elastic skin. It should not be thought of as a substitute for losing weight.

The areas that are most commonly treated by liposuction are:

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


Liposuction is carried out using a thin, hollow tube called a cannula that is inserted through the skin through tiny incisions. The cannula is then used to loosen the fat and create a nicer shape within the body part being treated. A special vacuum or suction device is attached to the cannula, and the fat is sucked from the body, with any incisions being sewn up at the end of the operation.

The procedure takes between one to three hours to perform, depending on the size of the treatment area(s). Various kinds of anaesthetic can be used and the decision on which is best depends upon your preference, along with the size of the areas to be treated. In most cases, patients will only need to be in hospital for a few hours, but an overnight stay may be recommended if a large amount of fat is to be removed.

There are various liposuction techniques available, but no single technique works for all patients. Each liposuction procedure will be tailored to a patient’s needs and physical condition. At the end of the operation, tight bandages or elasticated clothing will be applied to the area to minimise swelling and help the body conform to its new shape. With the exception of showering, this garment should be worn both day and night for at least two weeks and thereafter for another four to six weeks.

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


Complications are infrequent, although there can be considerable pain following this procedure, particularly if a large amount of fat has been removed. The following are commonly experienced by patients: 1. Introduction 2. Where should I go for more information and support? 1. Introduction Guide Sections

  • Stiffness and pain
  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Numbness
  • Unusual sensations
  • Fine thread veins
  • Lumpy appearance as remaining fat settles

If a small amount of fat is removed during an operation, patients should be able to return to work within a day or two. However, you may need extra time off if the liposuction was more extensive. Patients can usually return to their usual routines within three to four weeks. The effects of the operation should be long-lasting, so long as a patient’s weight remains stable. 

Consultations & Clinic Info

Consultations, Clinics, Directions and Accommodation

Live outside Hull & East Yorkshire? Here's some useful information if you need to travel and stay over as part of Liposuction cosmetic surgery.

Mr Riaz's patient support team will arrange with you which of the three main (Hull, Grimsby & Doncaster) clinics your consultation and cosmetic surgery procedure will take place. We have detailed below useful information for each of the locations, which will assist you during your cosmetic surgery journey.

Mr Riaz's Patient Support team can be contacted during office hours on 01482 841228 & 01482 841229.

Spire Hospital

Lowfield Road
Hull & East Riding
HU10 7AZ
01482 841228

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St Hugh's Hospital

St Hugh's Hospital
Peaks Lane
DN32 9RP
01472 898725

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Park Hill Hospital

Thorne Road
South Yorkshire
01302 553355

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Mr Muhammad Riaz (, once again voted as one of the UK's best cosmetic surgeons for Breasts, Tummies and intimate areas. Thats 5 consecutive years running.

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