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What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is one of the most popular procedures in cosmetic surgery in the UK, representing approximately 10% of all cosmetic procedures in 2022, according to the BAAPS Annual Audit.  

Liposuction is a surgical procedure which targets and eliminates persistent pockets of fat in areas which have been resistant to diet and exercise. Liposuction, sometimes referred to as fat removal surgery, sculpts the body, creating more defined contours and harmonious proportions. Popular areas to treat with Liposuction are the buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, chin, upper arms, breasts, and knees.  

Cadogan Clinic specialises in Liposuction procedures, our founder, Bryan Mayou having introduced fat removal surgery to the UK. We offer a range of Liposuction methods, including traditional liposuction, Body Jet Liposuction, Laser Liposuction and Vaser Liposuction. Under Mr Mayou's guidance, we've curated a world-class team of surgeons here at our Chelsea clinic, nurturing their expertise in this specialised field.  

As a result, we've emerged as the leading destination for liposuction in London, known for our commitment to delivering excellent results through minimally invasive techniques. The right Liposuction technique for you will depend on your individual concerns and desired results, our specialist consultant surgeons will discuss the different options available in a one to one bespoke consultation at our London based hospital.  

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The credit for introducing Liposuction, also known as 'lipo,' to the UK goes to our founder, world renowned plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou, who brought this transformative fat removal surgery to the UK four decades ago. 

Under Mr Mayou's guidance, we've curated a world-class team of surgeons here at our Chelsea clinic, nurturing their expertise in this specialised field.

What Are the Options?

We are world leaders in the field of liposuction, so we only offer the most up-to-date and effective techniques available. There are many different types of liposuction. We offer many of these options at the Cadogan Clinic, including: 

Traditional liposuction involves the insertion of a tube into the targeted area to suction out fat cells. This method is commonly employed for the removal of small fat deposits, often under local or general anaesthesia, such as in the neck or chin regions. 

Traditional liposuction is known for its high effectiveness and straightforward nature, boasting minimal potential for complications. We also utilise this technique to extract fat for fat grafting procedures.

 

Microliposuction is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anaesthesia, requiring minimal downtime. The name "microlipo" is derived from the tiny cannulas, measuring 0.9mm to 2.3mm in thickness, used to extract fat—a significant decrease from the industry-standard 6-8mm thick cannulas. This technique is particularly effective for areas like the chin, underarms, and jawline.

Laser-assisted liposuction employs lasers to heat and soften fat in the treatment area, facilitating its removal through liposuction. This process not only tightens the skin, as is common with liposuction, but also enhances skin tightening by promoting collagen production. The effects are especially noticeable in areas with thinner skin, such as the inner thighs and arms. Laser-assisted liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that results only in minimal swelling and bruising.

Power assisted liposuction (PAL) is a mechanically enhanced form of liposuction that utilises MicroAire and Lipomatic motorised cannulas. These cannulas move in multiple directions, making fat removal easier and faster. Recent studies indicate that PAL removes 30 per cent more fat than manual liposuction, with less bruising and a shorter recovery time. This technique is ideal for patients with a significant amount of fat to be removed or those who have previously undergone liposuction.

Also known as BodyJet liposuction, this method retains the benefits of traditional liposuction while excelling at targeting stubborn fat deposits, including those in the breast area. It allows for the efficient removal of larger fat areas and enables simultaneous injection of local anaesthetic fluid during the liposuction procedure.

Cellulaze is an advanced laser treatment designed to address underlying cellulite tissue and fat while simultaneously tightening the skin's surface.

Vaser liposuction is liposuction that uses ultrasound waves to break up and liquify fat cells in order to make them easier to extract from the body. VASER is an acronym for vibration amplification of sound energy at resonance. 


Liposuction
At a Glance

Surgery Time

1 - 1.5 hours

Time off work

1 - 2 weeks

Hospital Stay

Day Case

Shower

After 1 week

Reasonable Mobility

After 1 day

Exercise

After 4 -6 weeks

Bras & Garments

6 weeks

Sexual Activity

4- 6 weeks

Sleeping on back

1 -2 weeks

Full Recovery

4 - 6 weeks

Driving

1 week

Travel

1 Day


Before and After Liposuction

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Liposuction Cost

Liposuction cost from £3,950 at the Cadogan Clinic in London.  

Liposuction cost varies depending on how many areas of liposuction are performed. To find out more about how much liposuction is, speak to a member of our team today. 

Cadogan Clinic has collaborated with Chrysalis Finance to offer a variety of payment choices for our patients including:
12 months 0% Interest-free - APR
24 - 60 months at 12.9% APR
Flexible Finance

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Included in this treatment

Up to two 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

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

Comprehensive post-operative aftercare courtesy of our specialist cosmetic nurses


Why Do People Have It?

For many people, regardless of gender, dissatisfaction with their size and shape can lead to insecurity, especially when conventional diet and exercise efforts fall short of achieving desired results. This can lead to self-consciousness around wearing certain clothing, such as anything tight, or taking part in certain activities. 

Liposuction is an effective solution to reduce these areas of fat and sculpt areas of the body for a more toned appearance, offering not only enhanced physical appearance but also a profound boost in psychological well-being. As part of your surgical journey, your surgeon will take before and after photos to document the changes to your body and show you the improvements. 

Who is Suitable?

Why do people have it & Who is suittable

As part of your consultation, your surgeon will assess and discuss with you, your suitability for Liposuction surgery. You must be over 18 years old to have this procedure. Your surgeon will also make sure that you understand that Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, and that you must be a healthy, and stable weight to undergo Liposuction and achieve the best results. 

What to Expect

Below you will find some key information to help you prepare for surgery and make necessary arrangements to ensure you have the support you need and that everything runs smoothly on the day.

Your journey with the Cadogan Clinic begins with up to two consultations conducted by one of our esteemed specialist surgeons at our renowned Chelsea premises. These consultations typically last between 30 and 60 minutes.

During these consultations, your surgeon will engage in a comprehensive discussion about your expectations for your liposuction. They will provide insights into the procedure itself, including its impact and the expected recovery process. Open and honest communication about your desired surgical outcomes is crucial for achieving the best results, so feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Your surgeon will look into your medical history and perform a thorough physical examination to ensure your suitability for the procedure. If your surgeon determines that you are a suitable candidate for the surgery, you will then have a two-week "cooling off" period to reflect on your decision before proceeding.

 

If you decide to move forward with the surgery after the cooling-off period, you'll return to the clinic on the day of the procedure. To prepare effectively, please consider the following steps:

  • Quit smoking: It's essential to quit smoking, as smoking can hinder skin blood flow and impede the healing process. Your doctor will recommend that you stop smoking six weeks before surgery and throughout the recovery period.
  • Adjustment medication: Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements in the week leading up to your surgery, as they can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Avoid alcohol: Refrain from consuming alcohol for 48 hours before surgery, as alcohol can negatively affect the healing process.
  • Organise post-surgery assistance: Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after leaving the hospital.

In the six hours before surgery, abstain from food and most drinks, except for small sips of clear fluids, such as still water, black coffee, and black tea, which are allowed up to two hours before your admission to the clinic. 

 

Upon the day of your scheduled procedure, we kindly request your arrival at least an hour before the agreed-upon surgery start time. During this time, a nurse will take your vital signs, including blood pressure and other relevant measurements. You will also have the opportunity to meet with your anesthesiologist and surgeon for final preparations and mark-ups.

The liposuction procedure itself is a straightforward process conducted under general anaesthesia, typically spanning one to three hours. It entails the insertion of a cannula into the targeted area where fat removal is needed. The cannula is gently moved back and forth to break down fat, and high-pressure suction is then employed to safely extract the loosened fat cells from your body. Thanks to the fine cannula, incision sites are exceptionally small, often measuring just several millimetres, resulting in minimal scarring.

After the procedure, you'll recover in our specialised ambulatory recovery rooms for a duration ranging from two to three hours, contingent on the procedure's scope. Your recovery is closely monitored by our expert nursing team. Once our specialists are confident in your initial recovery and deem it safe for you to return home, you will be discharged. We strongly recommend having a friend or family member accompany you on this return journey.

Upon your return home, you will gain access to our dedicated on-call nursing team, available around the clock, seven days a week. This specialised team is committed to your comfort, pain management, and addressing any immediate post-operative questions or concerns.

Recovery following liposuction is generally quick, with any residual discomfort usually subsiding within a matter of days. We advise complete rest for several days post-treatment, along with strict adherence to wearing a compression garment. This garment supports the healing process, enhances comfort, and aids in the even distribution of remaining fat cells in the treated area. To facilitate recovery, we recommend taking at least one week off from work. Additionally, we advise avoiding exposure to UV light for a period of one to four weeks to support the scarring process.

Approximately one-week post-surgery, we request your presence at our clinic for a thorough review of your incision sites by our nursing team. During this visit, we also encourage you to consult with one of our on-site aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatments aimed at promoting healing and minimising scarring, including targeted messages of the treated areas.

Finally, at the six-week mark, we'll schedule a post-procedure check-up with your surgeon to ensure your recovery is progressing as anticipated and address any remaining questions or concerns. 

Common Liposuction Treatment Areas


Liposuction for Women

Liposuction is a very popular procedure for women who are wishing to contour their bodies and remove fat from areas such as:  

  • Arms: 'Bingo wings,' or loose fat in the upper arms, can be a common concern, even among those who are not overweight. Liposuction contours this area, rejuvenating the appearance of the arms. Arm Liposuction is often carried out as part of an Arm Lift to further enhance the desired results.  
  • Back: Back Liposuction effectively addresses excess fat that may spill over around bra straps, a common concern among women. 
  • Buttocks: Despite the popularity of larger bums, Liposuction remains a sought-after treatment for this area. It can help to harmonise buttock proportions with the rest of the body and reduces the appearance of dimpling. Many women also wish to treat their banana rolls underneath the buttocks, at the upper thigh with Liposuction.  
  • Calf / Ankle Liposuction: Calf liposuction is a highly effective treatment for ‘cankles’.  
  • Chin/Face: Liposuction is an excellent approach for addressing concerns related to excess cheek, chin, and neck fat. Combining facial liposuction with other facial or neck treatments can further enhance the overall outcome. 
  • Hips and Waist (Flanks): For those seeking a classic 'hourglass' figure, Liposuction offers a reliable way to sculpt the hips. It also effectively addresses 'love handles,' which can be resistant to diet and exercise alone. 
  • Knees: Knee Liposuction can be used around the knees and targets stubborn fat deposits in this area, often combined with Thigh Liposuction to enhance the overall appearance of the upper legs.  
  • Thighs: Thigh Liposuction serves various purposes, from eliminating 'saddlebags' on the outer thighs to creating a 'thigh gap' by sculpting the inner thighs. It also helps contour the back of the thighs, enhancing buttock definition. 
  • Stomach: Stomach Liposuction can be used to target both the upper and lower sections of the abdomen. It can effectively tackle persistent fat accumulation between the belly button and rib cage. Additionally, it's a versatile method for addressing the notorious 'muffin top' in the lower abdomen.  

Liposuction for Men

While it is a well-known and popular cosmetic treatment for women, liposuction for men is the fifth most popular cosmetic surgery choice amongst peers. 

Men commonly encounter unique challenges associated with fatty deposits that differ from those faced by women. Popular Liposuction for Men areas include:  

  • Abdomen: An expanded waistline can result from either fat within the abdominal cavity or fat beneath the skin. Liposuction in this area effectively targets the subcutaneous fat, helping men achieve a more contoured midsection.  
  • Facial contouring: Men often contend with fatty deposits in the chin and neck regions.  The simpler and more precise the liposuction technique is, the better in these areas, as male skin tends to be thinner and less elastic due to facial hair. 
  • Gynaecomastia: Among the various liposuction procedures offered at Cadogan Clinic for men, Male Breast Reduction for Gynaecomastia stands as the most sought-after. In some cases, this procedure includes direct excision of the firm breast tissue located behind the nipple, resulting in a more enhanced chest. 
  • Flanks: Loins or flanks pose another common concern among men, often causing bulges that spill over the waistband of trousers. Liposuction is highly efficient at addressing this issue; however, older patients may experience some residual loose skin.

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A Word From Our Founder Mr Bryan Mayou, World Renown Plastic Surgeon and Pioneer of Liposuction

"As the pioneer of liposuction here in the UK, this is a procedure that holds a special place in my heart, representing a large part of my life’s work.  I am immensely proud to be associated with such a significant innovation in plastic surgery, and continues to give me great joy to see the transformative effect liposuction has on each and every one of our patients at the Cadogan Clinic.  

We are fortunate to work with a group of dedicated and exceptional surgeons, and liposuction is performed to the very highest global standards here at the Cadogan. It is a source of profound satisfaction and pride to say that we are the liposuction centre of excellence in London and the UK."

The Patient Journey. A breakdown of what you can expect on your journey with us

We are deeply invested in ensuring that every step of your surgical journey with us is as informative and reassuring to you as it can be. This article outlines what you can expect at each stage of the journey

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Frequently Asked Questions

Liposuction, often referred to as "lipo," is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove stubborn fat deposits from specific areas of the body.

During the procedure, fat cells are broken down using either vibrations or a high-pressure water jet. Small incisions are made to introduce a cannula, which is used to loosen and suction out the fat. Where a larger area requires treatment, multiple incisions may be necessary. Excess fluids and blood are carefully drained before the treatment site is sutured and bandaged.

After undergoing liposuction, patients are provided with a compression garment to wear for several weeks, helping to reduce swelling and bruising.

The Cadogan Clinic was founded by Mr. Bryan Mayou, a pioneer who introduced liposuction to the UK over 40 years ago.

Today, we house the country's leading team of liposuction experts, boasting unparalleled experience in various techniques. Our extensive expertise allows us to offer diverse liposuction methods tailored to your specific needs. Currently, our offerings include Lipomatic, MicroAir, BodyJet, MicroLiposuction, and SmartLipoMPX, utilising ultrasound for liposuction.

Liposuction offers a quick, safe, and effective solution for permanently eliminating stubborn fat deposits that resist diet and exercise. Unlike weight loss, which shrinks fat cells, liposuction removes fat cells entirely. 

This means that even if you gain weight in the future, the treated areas will retain their relative shape. The procedure enhances body proportions, improves clothing fit, and minimises scarring thanks to small incisions.

You should be aware that liposuction is not an effective solution to cellulite or obesity. If you need treatment for cellulite you should discuss combining procedures with your surgeon. Consult with your surgeon if you are looking for weight loss advice, where liposuction may be part of a long-term treatment plan.

Liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. While local anaesthesia may be suitable for smaller areas like the neck, it can be less comfortable and more time-consuming. 

At the Cadogan Clinic, we prefer Total Intravenous Anaesthesia (TIVA) for most procedures. TIVA ensures a more comfortable and quicker wake-up experience, allowing patients to return home on the same day.

Both men and women undergo liposuction each year to achieve various goals. Liposuction can effectively address gynecomastia in men and common areas like the stomach, hips, and thighs in women.

Consider liposuction if:

  • You have stubborn fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise.
  • You seek improved body proportion and contour.
  • Your skin is in good condition.
  • You have realistic expectations.

Liposuction may not be suitable if you have loose, sagging skin or require significant weight loss. Cellulite treatment may also require a different approach.

Selecting an experienced and qualified surgeon is crucial for your liposuction procedure. A good surgeon will provide in-depth explanations of the procedure, recovery, and potential risks. They should have a portfolio of liposuction before-and-after photos and offer patient testimonials. Your surgeon should prioritise your physical and psychological well-being.

Ensure your surgeon is a registered doctor or surgeon on the General Medical Council (GMC) online register. Membership in professional associations like BAAPS or BAPRAS may also be indicative of expertise, but it's essential to consider the surgeon's qualifications and experience.

Yes, in certain cases, a tummy tuck and liposuction can be performed concurrently.  

While liposuction primarily targets fat removal, a tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, focuses on excess skin removal, resulting in a firmer, flatter abdomen. Abdominoplasty can also address other concerns, including stretch marks, weakened abdominal muscles, and uneven fat distribution. 

Abdominoplasty is known for delivering impressive results with minimal downtime. 

Liposuction recovery is relatively quick, thanks to the procedure's simplicity and you should be active within 6-8 weeks. 

Liposuction recovery begins as soon you awaken from sedation, with advanced TIVA anaesthesia techniques ensuring a quicker and more comfortable wake-up experience. We recommend taking approximately one week off from work to allow for mild bruising and swelling to subside.  

Pain is typically minimal, and most patients can resume their daily activities and light exercise within a few weeks, avoiding strenuous activities during this period. Wearing a compression garment for six weeks aids in reducing swelling. 

Liposuction recovery is finally complete in around six weeks when results should start to be visible. Full results will take between six to 12 months.   

Liposuction London cost starts from £3,950.  

Liposuction costs can vary widely across the UK, influenced by several key factors such as reputation, experience, and the quality of the clinic, surgeon and nursing staff, as well as the quality and track record of the pre-and post-operative care.  

When choosing a provider or surgeon for your liposuction procedure, safety and quality of care should be your top priorities. The level of experience that both the clinic and surgeon have with liposuction procedures is essential.  

The cost of your liposuction surgery is also an important critical factor to consider when selecting a clinic. At the Cadogan Clinic, we exclusively collaborate with top-tier surgeons and nursing staff at our specialised facilities in Chelsea. Our primary focus is on delivering safe, high-quality surgery, whilst providing exceptional value for our patients. 

Please note that the liposuction prices quoted online are approximate and subject to confirmation during an in-person consultation. The Liposuction London cost may vary depending on whether you choose local or general anaesthesia. 

It's important to mention that liposuction costs in the UK are exempt from VAT as they are considered medical procedures. 

While liposuction is the preferred method for substantial fat reduction, there are some liposuction alternatives. These include: 

  • Surgical Fat Excision (effective for smaller areas) 
  • Chemical Injections (multiple treatments, limited control) 
  • Non-Surgical Options (less effective, limited results) 

You can expect minimal Liposuction scars due to the small incisions typically used during the procedure. At the Cadogan Clinic, we prioritise minimising these scars by using as few incisions as possible and employing gentle techniques to minimise trauma. 
For those prone to severe scarring, we also offer a comprehensive scar management program utilising high-energy devices and lasers. 

While liposuction is a relatively low-risk procedure, it's essential to be aware of potential liposuction side effects, including numbness, infection, embolism, oedema, and allergic reactions.  

At the Cadogan Clinic, we have over 40 years of experience in liposuction and take extensive precautions to manage these risks. Our 24/7 nursing on-call service is available for any post-surgery concerns. 

You can see liposuction before and after photos at the top of this page or on our dedicated liposuction before and after photo gallery.


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What Are the Risks of Liposuction?

You can mitigate the majority of liposuction risks by selecting a reputable clinic and surgeon with cutting edge and comprehensive post operative recovery and aftercare protocols.  

There are some common liposuction risks, however, that include: 

  • Bruising: a normal phenomenon post-liposuction, especially if you are prone to bruising; typically resolves within a few days. 
  • Swelling: an expected part of the healing process; wearing a compression garment for at least six weeks should aid the reducing of the swelling. 
  • Saggy Skin: skin needs time to contract after fat removal surgery and can sag, especially at high volumes of fat removal; compression garments can aid use and accelerate the healing process. 

Some less common complications can include: 

  • Contour irregularities 
  • Lumpy and uneven results 
  • Blood clots  
  • Numbness  
  • Infections 
  • Bleeding  
  • Pain  
  • Scarring  



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