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What are liposuction side effects?

Liposuction side effects are limited due to the relatively straightforward nature of the procedure. That said, liposuction side effects and risks do exist and it is important to be aware of them before going ahead with surgery. 

Liposuction side effects and risks, include (but are not limited to):

We have over 40 years of experience of liposuction at the Cadogan Clinic and we take extensive steps to manage these.

Our 24/7 nursing on call service is available for anyone who experiences liposuction side effects following surgery.  




What are the more common side effects of liposuction?

There are a range of potential common side effects following liposuction.

Before you decide to have liposuction with the Cadogan Clinic, it is important that you understand there are common side effects you may experience.

These include:

What are the less common side effects of liposuction?

Very occasionally liposuction can cause:

Any type of operation also carries a risk of excessive bleeding, developing a blood clot in a vein, infection or an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. However, the risk of any of these happening during your treatment is small.

Your consultant will discuss all the risks with you comprehensively at your consultations before you undergo your treatment.

How long is recovery for liposuction

At the Cadogan Clinic, the procedure can be done under general or local anaesthesia, and as a result, puts your body under relatively little stress. It’s always done as a day case procedure and you should be reasonably mobile straight after your surgery.

After a week you should be recovered enough to drive and return to work. Restricted sexual activity can be resumed after two weeks.

You can expect a full recovery from surgery in two weeks. However certain activities, such as exercise and going to the gym, should be avoided for up to six weeks.

You will need to wear compression bras or garments for six to eight weeks after surgery to control swelling.

You can read our comprehensive article on liposuction recovery here.

What is the safest liposuction procedure

All approved surgical liposuction procedures are safe, and have been honed over 40 years of practice since our founder Mr Bryan Mayou pioneered the practice in the UK.

We carefully evaluate all available liposuction techniques and are able to offer different kinds at the Cadogan Clinic, depending on your specific condition and needs.

We currently offer Traditional Liposuction, MicroAir, BodyJet and MicroLiposuction techniques. We also offer SmartLipoMPX and Cellulaze, which is liposuction done via laser technology.

What happens to your body after liposuction

Up to 10 pounds of fat cells can be removed during the procedure. However, you will experience fluid retention and swelling, which can make you look temporarily bloated. This swelling will soon go down and you will be able to see the results.

Liposuction may leave you with loose skin in the treatment area, but this can firm up over time. You should also expect to see some bruising following the procedure.

Once the swelling has settled, your targeted region(s) should look more sculpted, more toned, and firmer to the touch.

For examples of results achieved, see our Before and After gallery on our liposuction treatment page.

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