Back Liposuction - How to lose back fat

Back liposuction is a straightforward medical procedure designed to remove fat from the back. Back fat is a common problem found in men and women who sometimes find that despite losing weight from the front of the body, stubborn fat pockets remain at the rear.

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Author: Mr. Bryan Mayou, MB ChB FRCS

Date: 6th January 2022

What is back liposuction?

Back liposuction is a straightforward medical procedure designed to remove fat from the back.

Back fat is a common problem found in men and women who sometimes find that despite losing weight from the front of the body, stubborn fat pockets remain at the rear. This type of excess fat can be quite noticeable as it tends to spill over clothing, such as the back of a bra strap and over the tops of trousers. This can have a huge impact on a person’s self-confidence and, in turn, can impact on clothing choices, as the presence of these bulges may lead to a person swapping tight tops for baggy t-shirts, for example.

But back fat removal surgery can help. Back fat liposuction removes stubborn fatty deposits by breaking them up before a special machine is used to suck them out. This leaves the back looking more sculpted and slimmer, with no fat to hang over the edge of clothing.

What does it involve?

Back fat liposuction is the quickest, most effective way of removing unwelcome lumps and bumps from this part of the body. Back liposuction can be used to remove fat from the upper back, mid back and lower back.

Your journey here at the Cadogan Clinic will begin with a consultation with one of our world-class expert liposuction surgeons. The procedure itself will be carried out as a day case at our award-winning Chelsea clinic.

Back liposuction is carried out under a general anesthetic. Once you have been sedated, the consultant will then make a series of tiny incisions in the relevant part of the back before inserting a fine tube called a cannula into the treatment area. The incisions are very small, meaning the risk of scarring is minimal. The cannula is moved around to break up the fat cells, ready for removal. If your surgeon is using a technique called BodyJet liposuction, or water-assisted lipo, fluid will be passed down the cannula to help dislodge this fat without destroying it, which means this fat could be used for a fat transfer if you have opted for this treatment alongside your back fat removal. High pressured suction is then used to suck out the unwanted fat cells. The treatment area is drained of any excess fluid and blood before being stitched and bandaged. You will be able to leave the clinic with a friend or family member on the same day as your back fat removal surgery.

Once these fat cells are removed from the back, they do not grow back, meaning your back will keep its new lean, toned shape, as long as you maintain a healthy weight.

After your back fat removal surgery you will be expected to wear a surgical garment for several weeks. The purpose of this compression garment is to reduce the swelling and help the body to adapt to its new slimline shape. It is important that you follow all the aftercare instructions issued by your surgeon in order to help aid the healing process. If you adhere to these instructions, you should expect a full recovery from your back fat removal surgery in six weeks.

You should start to notice the early results of your back fat liposuction from around six weeks, and can expect the final result anywhere between six and 12 months, post-surgery.

What are the benefits?

Back liposuction is a simple procedure, but it can produce life-changing results. The benefits of back fat removal include the following:

  • A leaner back
  • Improved muscle definition
  • Allows you to wear bras, swimwear, fitted tops and tight trousers with confidence
  • Rebalancing bodily proportions
  • Improve self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Improve mental wellbeing by reducing stress, anxiety and unhappiness
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Who is suitable?

Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for back fat removal surgery, if they meet the following criteria.

  • Are physically and psychologically fit and healthy 
  • Are a healthy weight and not obese
  • Are bothered by the appearance of back fat
  • Have back fat which cannot be removed by diet and exercise alone
  • Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved through back fat removal

What treatments can be combined with this form of liposuction?

Back fat lipo can be combined with other treatments, including liposuction on other parts of the body, such as the stomach, thighs, buttocks, hips and waist. 

Back liposuction can be combined with a fat transfer procedure, a form of surgery which sees fat transferred from one part of the body to another. Lipo removes the back fat and it can be transferred via injection to the lips, cheeks or breasts, for example, to give the treatment area a more voluminous, youthful appearance.

An arm lift, otherwise known as a brachioplasty, employs liposuction and skin excision to remove loose skin and excess fat from the arms. It is common for patients to combine this particular type of surgery with back fat removal in order to achieve an enhanced result.

To further enhance the shape at the rear of your body, you may wish to consider a buttock lift, a surgical procedure to lift and reshape the buttocks. During an average buttock lift procedure, the surgeon will remove tissue from the area where the lower back meets the buttock. As part of this procedure, any fat removed via lipo can be transferred to the buttocks to enhance youthful curves.

Cellulaze, a sophisticated laser treatment designed to treat cellulite, is routinely used on fatty areas when celulite has formed, including the back. It is also commonly used around the bra strap area. If you are having back fat removal surgery, you may also benefit from minimally-invasive Cellulaze treatment too.

Book an appointment with one of our expert consultants who can discuss the options which are available to you to help you reach your body goals.

Why come to Cadogan Clinic?

There are a number of reasons why you should come to Cadogan Clinic for your back fat liposuction treatment.

  • Cadogan Clinic is an award-winning specialist cosmetic clinic, with a track record of delivering safe, high quality cosmetic surgery
  • We successfully carry out hundreds of cases of back fat removal surgery every year
  • Our back liposuction specialists have the highest levels of training and qualifications
  • We were founded by Mr Bryan Mayou, the surgeon who first brought liposuction the UK, and he has trained the next generation of specialists at the clinic
  • We treat more liposuction patients than any other clinic in London
  • Cadogan Clinic’s expert surgeons use only the most effective liposuction techniques
  • We use the latest anaesthetic technologies to minimise your downtime, and allow you to return home on the day of your back liposuction procedure
  • Our nursing team provide a dedicated 24/7 oncall service during recovery
  • We offer a complimentary consultation and treatment with our onsite team of aestheticians to ensure you heal and scar quickly and efficiently
  • We work with major bodies and organisations to ensure standards are maintained. These include Royal College of Surgeons (RCS), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Our purpose-built clinic is conveniently located off Sloane Square, Chelsea, London

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Why do we get back fat?

There are a number of reasons why we get back fat. The main culprits for the accumulation of fat in any part of the body is a lack of exercise and a poor diet. In the case of diet, it’s not just eating a diet packed with sugary and unhealthy foods which is causing your back fat, but foods that cause your stomach to bloat can also enhance the appearance of fat around the back.

Genetics play a huge part in the appearance of back fat as this may make you prone to storing areas of fat in various parts of the body. Pregnancy can also cause stubborn back fat to form as carrying a baby can alter the shape of the back.

Women also experience a shift in their body shape when they reach menopause, with a drop in oestrogen causing the fat stored around the lower portion of the body to move the mid section, affecting the stomach, waist and lower back in particular.

Despite not being the cause of back fat, poor posture and ill-fitting clothes can make back fat look worse by highlighting this unwelcome body bulge.

How much does it cost?

Back fat liposuction costs upwards of £3,950 at the Cadogan Clinic. If you are having other areas of liposuction at the same time as your back lipo, then you can expect to pay more.

Two areas of liposuction costs £6,000 and three areas of liposuction costs £6,900.

The cost of back lipo includes up to two 30 minute – 60 minute consultations with a leading specialist plastic surgeon at our award-winning premises in Chelsea, your procedure carried out at London’s leading specialist cosmetic surgery centre of excellence, 24/7 on call nurse assistance, a dedicated patient co-ordinator, as a personal point of contact through your journey with Cadogan, a pre-operative medical assessment to ensure you are fit for surgery and a comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses.

All quoted costs online are guide prices only, and subject to confirmation following your in person consultation. Costs are also dependent on whether you have your liposuction under local or general anaesthetic.

Back liposuction cost in the UK is not subject to VAT as it is a medical procedure.

Back fat liposuction cost is rarely available on the NHS for cosmetic purposes.

What else can I do to reduce fat in these areas?

In answer to the question how to get rid of back fat, the two biggest things you can do to lose fat from the back or any other area of the body is to have a healthy diet and exercise.

A healthy diet consists of plenty of vegetables and fruit, foods that are high in fibre such as wholegrain and protein-packed lean meats and poultry. Foods and drinks which are packed with sugar, such as cakes, sweets and soda, should be avoided in order to bring fat levels down. If your alcohol intake is higher than the NHS-recommended 14 units a week then you should cut back to reduce back fat bulges.

As well as upping your exercise levels to at least 150 minutes a week, you should also start doing regular strengthening exercises to help to shape and tone the muscles in the back, thus reducing the appearance of back fat. There are a number of exercises for the back which can help you achieve this. 

Lateral raises using dumbbells or an overhead press exercise help to build strong, tight shoulders, with the area directly below the shoulders appearing smaller as a result. This is particularly good for reducing the appearance of bra fat. If you include lat pulldown exercise in your workout regimen, this will help to tighten and strengthen the lats in the middle of the back, which also help to lessen the appearance of back fat. Waist exercises, such as a side bend, can help to strengthen the side of the body, adding more definition to the lower back.

Working on your posture can also help to lessen the appearance of back fat, as slouching can make the problem more noticeable. If you are a woman and notice that the back fat is particularly obvious around the bra strap, you may want to check whether you are wearing the right sized bra. A correctly fitting bra can help to lessen the appearance of back fat, so you should consider going for a bra fitting.

Weight loss pills and supplements are available over-the-counter, at health food shops and on prescription, but these are not intended as a stand alone answer to weight loss. 

Despite our best efforts, some fat cannot be lost through diet and exercise alone. Sometimes people are unable to lose back fat at all. This is where back fat liposuction can help. Book an appointment with one of our expert liposuction surgeons to discuss how the Cadogan Clinic can help you.

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