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Ivan Foo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon

MBBS (London), FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS(Plast).

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Liposuction


Fat removal,

weight loss surgery, liposculpture,

body reshaping



What are the aims and benefits of performing Liposuction?

Liposuction is a specialist cosmetic surgery procedure performed to permanently remove localised areas of excess fat. Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures worldwide and when performed appropriately, it specifically changes body outline and contour.

Why is Liposuction performed?

This procedure is usually performed on areas around the hips, waist, abdomen and knees, where the fatty deposits are more resistant to dieting and exercise. This procedure is not a short cut to weight loss, as the best candidates for liposuction are those whose weight is normal, have good skin elasticity but have a body shape that is out of proportion. The ultimate objective of Liposuction surgery is to produce a well contoured and improved profile to the treated area.

How is Liposuction performed?

This procedure is usually carried out under general anaesthetic as a day case, but when larger areas are treated, an overnight stay in hospital may be necessary. In selected candidates, small areas can be treated under local anaesthetic.
This procedure is carried out by inserting fine cannulae, (3-4 mm diameter) under the skin via keyhole incisions, through which, unwanted fatty deposits are sucked away.
Not all the fat can be removed as it is important to keep a thin layer of fat on the under surface of the skin.
There are several methods of liposuction, but all involve removing fatty deposits by a suction technique, known as aspiration.

Liposuction:

As the name implies, subcutaneous fat is aspirated through hollow tubes called cannulae, which are attached to a vacuum pump. The cannulae used in Liposuction procedures tend to be larger in diameter than those used in other methods.

Liposculpture:

Here, finer cannulae are used and suction is either by a vacuum machine or specially adapted syringes. This procedure is also performed in conjunction with the administration of a dilute adrenaline solution, which cuts down bleeding and allows better refinement of the area. The fluid is known as tumescence.

Ultrasound & Laser Liposuction:

Other methods of liposuction have also been developed, using ultrasound or laser to break down the fat before applying suction, although Mr Foo favours the Tumescent Liposculpture technique described above.

Important advice to follow before surgery

If you have dimpling in your skin (cellulite) will it be be improved?

No, if you have dimpling in the skin, this may be more noticeable after liposculpture.

Will the fat return?

It is important to maintain your weight after treatment. The body does not make additional fat cells after birth but the remaining fat cells after liposuction will swell if you gain weight and affect the result. However, once treated, the fat removed with Liposuction or Liposculpture does not return.

Are there any risks or complications associated with Liposuction & Liposculpture surgery?

Although every care is taken to minimise complications, these can occur.
This list is not exhaustive and will be discussed in more detail at your consultation. Most scars heal well and are easily covered by the hair.

Minor complications:

More serious complications

Guide to recovery after Liposculpture.

                              Activity                                Timescale

                   Return to work                             1-2 weeks  

                         Driving                                  1-2 weeks  

                        Aerobics                                 4-6 weeks  

                       Swimming                                  6 weeks  

                         Flights                                    6 weeks  

                    Remove corset                            4-6 weeks  


Most patients are completely mobile but tender, swollen and bruised for up to 4 weeks following surgery. Following liposculpture patients are fitted with a close fitting pressure garment (corset) immediately after surgery, which they must wear for 4-6 weeks. The firm pressure applied by this corset helps the skin conform to its new shape. After surgery swelling will take longer than bruising to resolve and the new shape and final result is not seen for up to 3 months. It is common for a sensation of numbness to occur around the treated area, which usually recovers after 3 months.

Special note to all patients considering Liposuction or Liposculpture

This is a general description of Liposuction and Liposculpture and its typical recovery.

However, recovery times and risks will vary between individuals and Mr Foo will discuss this in more detail with you at consultation.