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Stomach Liposuction - How to lose stomach fat

The question of how to get a flat stomach is one that many people seek to find an answer for.

Stubborn fat sitting around the stomach is a common problem. Many people find that exercise and diet alone won’t get rid of this unwelcome bulge, so they turn to stomach liposuction.

Stomach liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure in which a qualified surgeon will remove these stubborn pockets of fat using a special suction tool, leaving the stomach looking flatter, more contoured and more in proportion with other parts of the body. Stomach lipo can be used to remove fatty deposits on the upper and lower parts of the abdomen, either individually or as part of the same treatment. Stomach liposuction is also a great way to rid the body of a so-called ‘muffin top’ - a roll of fat which is visible over the waistband of tight trousers.

Stomach liposuction can sometimes be confused with a ‘tummy tuck’, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, but these are both very different procedures. Stomach lipo removes excess fat, while a tummy tuck is concerned with removing excess skin.

Stomach liposuction is not a cure for stretch marks, including those which have developed on the stomach during pregnancy.

What does it involve? 

So how do you get rid of stomach fat through liposuction?

Stomach liposuction is carried out under a general anesthetic. Once you have been sedated, your consultant will make small incisions in the stomach before inserting a small tube called a cannula into the part of the stomach which is going to be treated. This tube is moved around, loosening and breaking up the stubborn fat pockets in the stomach area before high pressured suction is used to suck out the unwanted fat cells. The area is drained of any excess fluid and blood before being stitched and bandaged. You will be able to go home on the same day as your stomach liposuction.

Once these fat cells are removed from the stomach area, they do not grow back. This means the stomach looks flatter and more sculpted and will keep it’s new slimline shape as long as you maintain a healthy weight.

After you are discharged, you will need to wear a compression garment on your stomach to reduce the swelling, redistribute the remaining fat cells and allow your new shape to settle. You should start to notice the result of your stomach lipo from around the six week mark. It can take between six and 12 months for the final results of your stomach liposuction procedure.

You can expect a full recovery from stomach fat removal in six weeks if you follow the post-operative aftercare instructions as issued by your surgeon. Because the incisions we make for stomach lipo are very small, there is a very minimal risk of scarring.

Here at the Cadogan Clinic, we offer the most effective stomach liposuction techniques currently available, namely traditional liposuction, Body Jet liposuction and laser liposuction. We no longer use Vaser or Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction for stomach lipo, as we consider this method to offer no advantage and add unnecessary complications.

What are the benefits? 

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

Who is suitable?

Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for stomach liposuction, if they meet the following criteria.

What treatments can be combined with this form of liposuction? 

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

Stomach liposuction can be combined with a fat transfer procedure, which sees fat removed from one part of the body and transferred to another, for example to the lips, cheeks or breasts, to increase volume.

Sometimes following stomach liposuction, loose, excess skin can be left behind. To combat this, the surgeon can combine stomach lipo with abdominoplasty, or ‘tummy tuck’, to remove this excess skin, resulting in a flatter, tighter stomach. Excess sagging skin after stomach liposuction is often caused by pregnancy.

Stomach liposuction can also be incorporated into ‘mummy makeover’ surgery. A 'mummy makeover' is a combination of surgeries involving the breast, abdomen, waist, hips and thighs designed to restore a woman’s body to its original contours and appearance prior to childbearing. The procedures typically involved are a breast augmentation and breast lift, a tummy tuck and liposuction on various areas of the body, including the stomach if desired. All of these can be combined into a single surgical procedure. The desire for a flatter stomach postpartum makes stomach liposuction a popular procedure in this particular treatment.

Cellulaze, a sophisticated laser treatment designed to treat cellulite, is routinely used on fatty areas when celulite has formed, including the stomach. If you have stomach lipo, you may also benefit from minimally-invasive Cellulaze treatment.

Men who come to the Cadogan Clinic for stomach lipo often choose to combine this treatment with male breast reduction surgery (gynaecomastia) for an enhanced result.

If you would like to have another treatment alongside your stomach lipo, book an appointment with one of our expert surgeons to discuss which options are open to you.

Why come to Cadogan Clinic?

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

How much does stomach liposuction cost?

Stomach liposuction costs upwards of £3,950 at the Cadogan Clinic. If you are having other areas of liposuction at the same time as your stomach 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 stomach 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.

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

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

Why do we get stomach fat? 

It’s important to understand that there are two main types of fat: visceral and subcutaneous. 

Visceral fat surrounds the liver and other organs in the abdomen. High levels of this particular type of fat can increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Subcutaneous fat, fat that can be ‘pinched up’, sits directly under the skin and this is the type of fat which can be removed via liposuction. Visceral fat cannot be removed with liposuction.

There are two main causes of stomach fat - poor diet and a lack of exercise.

A poor diet may include a large amount of sugary foods and drinks, such as soda, and lack in sufficient amounts of protein and fibre. Eating foods which are rich in fibre, such as whole grains, fruit, beans, nuts and seeds, can help to prevent stomach fat from forming. Alcohol consumption is known to cause stomach fat. This is because alcohol contains a high number of calories and many types of alcoholic drinks are high in sugar too.

Physical inactivity is a major contributor to the formation of stomach fat. The NHS recommends  that we do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity a week. Ideally this should be spread evenly over four or five days. But even if you are doing the recommended amount of exercise, if you have an otherwise sedentary lifestyle, this can still cause stomach fat to form. For example, you may sit at a computer all day for work or spend a lot of time sitting in front of the TV in the evening. 

Although diet and inactivity are two of the main causes of stomach fat formation, the issue is not always quite so clear cut.

Menopausal women are more likely to develop fat caused by the sharp drop in oestrogen levels experienced. And there is also evidence that genetics may play a part in the appearance of stomach fat.

High stress levels and poor sleep may also prompt us to make poor lifestyle choices, such as eating sugary foods or drinking more alcohol than is recommended, thus making us more likely to develop stomach fat.

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

When it comes to how to lose stomach fat, the answer is simple - making fundamental lifestyle changes can help to get rid of stomach fat and prevent it developing. Introducing more fruit and vegetables, fibre and protein to your diet, while eliminating food and drinks packed with sugar, will help to bring your fat levels down. Cutting alcohol consumption will also have an impact on your waistline. Currently the NHS recommends that men and women should not drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

As mentioned above, you should increase your exercise levels to at least 150 minutes a week and try to ensure you get up from your desk regularly and break up periods of inactivity.

Some people use weight loss pills, tablets or supplements to help tackle stomach fat. These work in a variety of different ways: some act to speed up your metabolism, increasing the rate at which you burn fat, while others suppress your appetite. These are available over-the-counter, from health food shops or they may be prescribed by your GP. However these should not be treated as a stand alone approach to weight and should be used alongside a healthy diet and exercise programme. Weight loss pills are not for everyone and should not be viewed as a quick fix solution to weight loss.

Unfortunately, not all stomach fat can be easily lost through exercise, a healthy diet and lifestyle changes alone. Despite making all the changes listed above, you may find that some stubborn stomach fat remains. Stomach liposuction is the answer to the question of how to get rid of stomach fat. Stomach lipo is the best way to safely and effectively remove the fat which cannot be shifted by a healthy diet , exercise and positive lifestyle changes. Contact the Cadogan Clinic to book an appointment with one of our expert surgeons to discuss how we can help get rid of unwelcome stomach fat.

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