Liposuction, or 'lipo', was brought to the UK 30 years ago by our founder, world renowned plastic surgeon Mr Bryan Mayou.

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure to remove unwanted body fat, and involves sucking out small areas of fat that are hard to lose through exercise and a healthy diet alone.

Liposuction is a highly efficient solution in a variety of areas of the body, leaving a more defined shape and more balanced proportions. These include the buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, chin, upper arms, breasts and knees.

Since founding the Cadogan Clinic, Mr Mayou has assembled a world-class team of surgeons at our clinic in Chelsea, and overseen their development as specialist surgeons in this procedure. Consequently, we treat more liposuction patients than any other clinic in London and have perfected a technique that ensures excellent results via a minimally invasive procedure.

After carrying out extensive research into other techniques, the clinic has abandoned Vaser or Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction, as we consider it to offer no advantage and add unnecessary complications.

What is Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the five most common cosmetic surgery procedures in the UK, accounting for roughly 10% of all cosmetic procedures in 2019 alone.

Liposuction involves the removal of unwanted or stubborn areas of fat from specific areas of the body that do not respond to either a healthy diet or exercise.

Liposuction is particularly effective in areas such as the buttocks, hips, thighs, abdomen, chin, upper arms, breasts and knees. We offer the most effective liposuction techniques, all of which are suitable for both men and women: traditional liposuction, Body Jet liposuction and laser liposuction.

Introduction to Liposuction

Why do people have it

For many people, both male and female, their size and shape can cause unhappiness and insecurity, particularly if they are not responding to a healthy diet or exercise.

Liposuction is a short and highly effective procedure to achieve these changes and can deliver both an improved physical and psychological sense of wellbeing.

Who is suitable

Cadogan Clinic considers individuals fit for the procedure, if all of the following are true of them:

  • Physically and psychologically fit and healthy
  • Bothered by their size or shape
  • Have realistic expectations of what can be achieved by surgery

Types of Liposuction Procedure

As leaders in the field, we're highly selective in the types of liposuction procedure that we offer at Cadogan Clinic:

Liposuction for men

Men have distinctly different issues with fatty deposits, which women do not have.

Certainly, the basic principles still apply that in general, an adult male has a distinct number and distribution of fat cells which changes little. Therefore, the removal of fat cells changes the contour in that area for good and the overlying skin shrinks accordingly. The fat cells are a little more adherent than in women, but the effect can be just as good. 

Common Treatment Areas

What to expect


The first step for all of our patients is to meet with the surgeon we feel is best placed to perform your procedure for a consultation.

At the consultation you will be able to discuss with your surgeon what your hope to achieve from the procedure, as well as discuss in detail what may or may not be possible given your existing shape and skin and fat levels.

Having established how much fat will be removed, several key measurements will be made and standard clinical photography will be taken.

Finally a comprehensive discussion regarding risks and complications will take place, alongside a discussion regarding the post procedure and recovery phase. Your previous medical history will also be recorded (including previous surgery, medications, allergies etc.) and an assessment of your fitness for surgery.

If your surgeon feels you are a good candidate for surgery, you are then invited to consider whether you would like to proceed for surgery or otherwise following a two week 'cooling off' period.

Within this period you are welcome to come in and discuss your potential surgery with your surgeon as many times as you like.


If you choose to proceed with surgery, the next time you come into the Clinic after your final consultation will be the day of your procedure.

Before admission the following behavioural changes are recommended / required:

  • In the 6 weeks before your procedure we recommend smoking is discontinued as patients who smoke have a higher risk of healing more slowly and complications  
  • In the week before your procedure you must cease taking Aspirin or any medication that contains Aspirin
  • In the 6 hours prior to surgery you must not consume food or any drink, other than small sips of clear fluid (e.g. still water, black coffee, black tea) which are allowed up to 2 hours before admission 


On the day of your procedure we ask that you arrive for your admission an hour before the agreed start time of surgery. At this point a nurse will come and record blood pressure and other relevant vitals, you will meet with your anaesthetist and your surgeon who will make the final mark-ups.

The procedure itself is straightforward and takes place under general anaesthetic over the course of between one and three hours. The surgery involves the placement of a cannula into the area of the body where the fat is to be removed. The tube is moved back and forward to break the fat down, and high pressure suction is then used to remove the loosened fat cells out of the body. The incision sites are very small (several mms) due to the fineness of the cannula, and scarring will be very minimal.

Following the procedure, you will recover in our ambulatory recovery rooms for between two to three hours, dependent on the scale of the procedure. Once our specialist nursing team are happy that your initial recovery is complete and you are safe to return home, you will be allowed to leave the Clinic accompanied by a friend or member of your family.


Once home you will have access to our dedicated on-call nursing team 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This team of specialists are dedicated to your comfort and pain control and are there to field any questions you may have in the immediate post-operative phase.

Liposuction recovery is relatively quick and any residual pain should subside in a matter of days. We advise total rest for several days after treatment, as well as strict adherence to the wearing of a compression garment to support healing and comfort levels, as well as the redistribution of the remaining fat cells in the area affected. We recommend at least 1 week off work to allow adequately for this process. We also recommend avoiding UV light for 2 -4 weeks to aid the scarring process.

We ask that you come in and see our nursing team 1 week after surgery to ensure your incision sites have been properly reviewed. At this juncture, we also recommend you meet with one of our on-site aestheticians to discuss ongoing treatment to support the healing and scarring process, in particular massaging of the treated areas.

We ask that you come in to see your surgeon after 6 weeks for a post-procedure for a final check-up.

What can I expect from my surgery?

What are the risks

Complications are unlikely. That said, as with all surgery, some complications are possible, your surgeon will discuss each of these risks comprehensively at your consultation.

Why come to the Cadogan Clinic for your Liposuction?

  • Cadogan Clinic is an award winning specialist cosmetic clinic, with a track record of delivering safe, high quality cosmetic surgery  
  • 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 
  • Unlike many of our competitors, we use the latest anaesthetic technologies to minimise your downtime, and allow you to return home on the day of your procedure 
  • Our nursing team provide a dedicated 24/7 oncall service during recovery – whatever your question, we can provide the answer 
  • We offer a complimentary consultation and treatment with our onsite team of aestheticians to ensure you heal and scar quickly and efficiently 

Before & After Gallery

Liposuction Results

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. For the right patient and with the correct planning, a tummy tuck and liposuction can be carried out simultaneously.

o Cadogan Clinic was founded by Mr Bryan Mayou, the surgeon responsible for introducing liposuction into the UK more than 40 years ago. As such, he and his team have more experience of the various techniques available than anybody else in the country and we now have the country's leading team of liposuction experts working here at our Clinic.

We carefully evaluate all available liposuction techniques and are able to offer different kinds, depending on your specific condition and needs. We currently offer Lipomatic, MicroAir, BodyJet and MicroLiposuction techniques. We also offer SmartLipoMPX, which is liposuction done via ultrasound.

After carrying out extensive research into other techniques, the clinic has abandoned all laser liposuction techniques (such as Vaser) as we consider them to offer no advantage and add unnecessary complications.

We perform more liposuction surgeries than any other private clinic in the UK.

Everyone has a genetically predetermined distribution of body fat cells. Some have wide hips and other thick ankles. Eating more increases the size of these cells and diet or exercise decreases the size. However, the relative proportions do not change. We often call the areas that we do not like and cannot diet away 'stubborn' areas of fat.

It is this fat that can be so successfully removed by liposuction. Very often, we remove multiple areas of stubborn fat at one operation.

Liposuction is suitable for fat removal from virtually any part of the body, but popular areas include:

+ ankles (cankles)
+ breasts
+ buffalo hump
+ chin and neck
+ front of thighs
+ gynaecomastia (man boobs)
+ hips
+ inner thighs
+ knees
+ loins
+ mons pubis
+ stomach
+ upper and lower back
+ upper arms

We can remove fat from anywhere so long as it is not too deep. That is subcutaneous fat, which is accessible. So, for instance, we can reduce the bulging abdomen, the beer belly, by removing the fat you can pinch between your fingers, but the visceral fat inside the abdominal cavity around the bowel remains. We can dramatically reduce the jawline and neck (double chin), but fat cheeks may require the surgical removal of the deep Buccal fat pads of Bichat.

Another concept is body sculpting, where we change the whole silhouette rather than just removing a bulge. A good example is to change the shapeless lower back, loins and buttocks of middle age back into the sinuous lines of youth.

Sessions may include multiple treatment areas at one time and can be added onto other surgery, such as an Abdominoplasty, breast augmentation or face lift. Most surgeons do have a limit on the amount of body fat that can be lifted from the patient’s body in total, to a maximum of 5 litres. This is for the patient’s safety. The length of surgery is not so important.

Liposuction provides a quick, safe and effective solution for permanent removal of unwanted excess fat deposits from the body. When you lose weight, by diet or exercise, all your fat cells shrink in size, but they do not disappear. Liposuction is perfect for exercise-resistant fat deposits in areas like under the chin, in the cheeks, saddlebags, ankles, and others.

The fat cells themselves are removed by liposuction and are therefore not available to become enlarged again under any circumstances. Even if you put on a lot of weight the new relative shape remains. This procedure makes your clothes fit better, gives you a more ideal shape, and uses small incisions that will not leave major scarring.

The amount of weight you lose is directly proportional to the amount of fat removed from your body. This means if you have a single procedure removing five pounds of fat, your weight will be down by five pounds.

The liposuction operation targets a specific area of the body, but if you are looking for significant reshaping in multiple areas on your body, you can address multiple problem areas during one larger procedure.

Liposuction is a predictable and low-risk solution for fat removal. 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 done as a day case procedure and you’re able to go home afterwards to rest.

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 expert surgeon. Consult with your surgeon if you are looking for major weight loss. Liposuction may be part of a long-term treatment plan.

Make sure you follow all directions provided to you by your surgeon at the Cadogan Clinic to ensure you see the best results. These may be as simple as wearing your specialized compression garment, staying hydrated, and maintaining a healthy diet.

Whilst liposuction is not a major operation, recovery should be taken seriously.

Most of our patients prefer the comfort of being asleep so the case will be performed under general anaesthetic (although small areas can be treated under local anaesthesia). We use TIVA (Total IntraVenous Anaesthesia) which allows you to be monitored to be just asleep and to wake up sooner than traditional anaesthetic and with less nausea.

In the immediate post-operative phase, the area treated will be lightly bruised and swollen, and generally quite numb to the touch and dusky grey in pigmentation due to the bruising. This is particularly the case in the thigh and ankle areas, but will fade in the following weeks.

The ankle treatment is the longest to settle and you will need support stockings for a few weeks until the swelling has subsided. Whichever area treated, you will be issued with a compression garment to reduce the swelling, and provide support and protection to improve long-term liposuction results. It should be worn for a minimum of two weeks. Most patients can shower after 2 to 3 days but bathing is normally discouraged and the compression garments should not be worn during showers.

Pain is not significant. Roughly half of our patients do not need painkillers and others usually take simple ones such as paracetamol (Panadol).

You can usually commence normal daily activities and exercise as soon as you are comfortable, but in general, the only restriction is to wait until your stitches are removed (7-10 days post-surgery). Most patients return to work after a week, but slight variations may occur depending on the extent of liposuction and the number of areas that have been treated. Strenuous activities are discouraged for a minimal period of two weeks. Light walking before your procedure prevents blood clotting and minimizes swelling.

If a lot of fat is to be removed, you could become anaemic. We would advise taking iron for a couple of weeks before and after surgery. Infection is exceptionally rare.

The results of liposuction typically come in stages, varying by individual. You’ll likely see some results immediately after surgery, but swelling and bruising are normal and can take weeks to resolve. Most people see good results from 6 weeks but final results 6 - 12 months after surgery.

The Cadogan Clinic is proud to work with some the top liposuction surgeons in UK, in a team led by Mr Bryan Mayou, the surgeon responsible for introducing liposuction to the UK over 30 years ago. For this reason, you can rest assured you are in the best hands possible and will be getting the very best in quality and procedure, with no compromise whatsoever.

Liposuction procedures are quoted depending on the number of areas being treated and the length of your procedure. Typical liposuction procedures start from £3,950, but you will be quoted an exact price depending on your needs. Our costs are fully inclusive, so the quotes price you'll get will include your surgeon fee, theatre fee incl. anaesthetist and sedation costs, prescription medication and compression garments. It also includes all aftercare follow-ups ups with your Patient Adviser, Nurse or Surgeon and our full surgical aftercare plan, which includes scar management sessions and one lymphatic drainage massage session.

Additional treatments that can complement your liposuction surgery and assist with healing can be purchased separately. These include laser scar management, a course of lymphatic drainage massages and accent laser skin tightening.

The procedure can be done under local or general anaesthesia, but can be uncomfortable, slower and more difficult to obtain good results under local anaesthesia.  We would reserve this for small areas, such as the neck, or smaller pockets of fat.  We use a variant anaesthesia called TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) that is delivered by our team of top anaesthetists.  Intravenous delivery enables our anaesthetic team to monitor the depth of anaesthesia more closely using a measurement of the brainwaves.  The result is that you will wake up feeling much better than traditional anaesthesia and will be ready to go home the same day. 

Both men and women undergo liposuction every year to achieve a variety of different goals. For men, liposuction can often successfully treat gynecomastia and other fat areas around their chest and torso, while women use it more commonly around the stomach, hips and thighs. If one or more of the following apply to you, liposuction is an option to consider:

1. You have excess fat deposits on your hips, belly, thighs, neck or chest that won’t respond to diet or exercise.

2. You feel like certain areas are out of proportion with the rest of your figure. Reducing excess fat on one area of the body can bring it into better balance with your natural features.

Liposuction is excellent for reducing areas of fat and sculpting a beautifully natural contour, and using liposuction to remove excess fat on one area of the body can make you seem more in proportion. The ideal liposuction patient has localised fat deposits & good skin tone.

However, it’s important to have realistic expectations about what liposuction can achieve. If any of the following apply to you, then liposuction may only offer limited success in helping you achieve your goals. Your cosmetic surgeon can recommend the options best suited to your needs.

1. You have loose, sagging skin. Liposuction is designed specifically to target fatty tissue, it will not significantly improve the appearance of loose skin. Other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck or body lift, may be better options for you.

2. You want to lose a significant amount of weight. Liposuction can improve your shape, which can help you look thinner and more fit, but it’s not a weight-loss method. While some overweight patients can benefit from the reshaping effects, the most satisfied patients tend to be happy with their weight prior to surgery.

3. You are just looking to address cellulite. While liposuction can remove fat, it cannot always remove the appearance of cellulite. If it is just cellulite and not fat removal that is your main concern, we recommend Cellulaze.

Liposuction removes fat cells, which cannot regrow and therefore permanently changes contours. It also tightens skin a little, perhaps around 10%.

Alternatives include surgical fat excision. The fat is removed, but it is not easy to thin large areas via this technique without multiple operations, each with a significant risk of complications and an uneven result. This is really only useful if one is also removing the skin as in a breast reduction.

Another approach is to inject a chemical which destroys fat. Steroids destroy fat but generally regard this as an unwanted side effect. Desoxycholic acid, (Kybella, Lipodissolve, Aqualyx) has been popular, but can be painful, have side effects and needs multiple treatments. Everyone has a different response to medications, however, and it is impossible to know how much effect the injection will have. The other is that there is no control as to where the injected drug will spread, again potentially causing irregularities. We do not use them at the Cadogan Clinic for these reasons.

There are also non-surgical treatments that are useful for patients, who really do not want an operation. We found that external ultrasound systems do not work sufficiently. The two techniques that do work, reducing fat equally well are freezing (CoolSculpt) and laser (Sculpsure). We prefer SculpSure, which is free of awkward complications. Coolsculpt is more painful with longer treatments and slower results. The worst problems, however, that we have seen, are that CoolSculpt sometimes leaves patients with a hard lumpy result and the occasional patient actually has an alarming growth of fat, which we need to treat by liposuction.

If you are looking for substantial fat reduction of several areas then we would strongly recommend traditional liposuction.

Our founder, Bryan Mayou, pioneered Liposuction and introduced it into the UK 40 years ago. The basic technique remains, but he has continued to develop and refine the procedure so that now the Cadogan Clinic offers various liposuction techniques, but only those, which are considered safe and effective and have specific uses.

Traditional liposuction

We generally use traditional simple liposuction to remove small areas of fat and usually under local anaesthesia, such as a bulge or lipoma. It is particularly useful for treating the neck and the chin, as it is at least as effective as any other technique, is simple and has the fewest potential complications. We use this regularly to harvest fat for processing and re-injection as fat grafting.

BodyJet or Water Assisted Liposuction (WAL)

This is an enhancement of the traditional technique with the added ability to inject local anaesthetic fluid at the same time as carrying out the liposuction. This fluid pulses from the end of the cannula like a low-pressure washer helping to mechanically dislodge fat. Large volumes can be removed quickly and efficiently. It is particularly good with more difficult areas such as the breast, where the fat is more firmly fixed.

Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL).

MicroAire and Lipomatic are two of several mechanically enhanced techniques. They remove the fat as the motorised cannula moves back and forth, sideways or rotates. It is very effective and popular amongst surgeons, primarily because there is less physical effort involved.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)

The most successful of these techniques is the Smartlipo, now in its third generation, Smartlipo Triplex. We are lucky to have the pioneer of this treatment, Mr Al-Ayoubi, with his huge experience using the technique in all areas. As in all liposuction, there is skin tightening, but the laser enhances this, particularly around the inner thighs and arms where the skin is thin.


Subcision is the standard minor surgical technique in which tethering fibres are cut through tiny stabs. It has been recently popularised by an expensive adaptation called Cellfina. Cellulaze however, does all this by laser, but in addition, has a second laser which shrinks the skin. It can also treat large areas at a single session.

We do not use ultrasound techniques, popularised in the UK such as Vaser, as we consider that it has no advantage and adds unnecessary complications.

Why do we not use ultrasound liposuction?

The founder of the clinic, Bryan Mayou, carried out two years of research in the early days of ultrasound liposuction and developed the technique which became the most popular in the United States. There were, however, many potential risks and it was recommended that ultrasound should only be used for short periods of time necessitating the use of traditional liposuction to complete the procedure.

Ultrasound liposuction in Bryan Mayou's opinion was merely a marketing tool and he did not adopt it himself.

Since this time ultrasound has reappeared in different forms of which the most popular in the UK is Vaser. As a centre for liposuction, the Cadogan Clinic has built up huge experience and therefore does see a number of poor results from elsewhere, requiring reconstruction. Almost all of these are where Vaser has been used. Bryan Mayou believes that trained surgeons can make different techniques work well for themselves, but it remains our experience that Vaser has problems. It is claimed to be quicker, more effective and less painful than other techniques. This is simply not true. We see lumpy results and occasional burns. The frequent complication is the development of seromas or collections of fluid requiring drainage. He has never seen this in the thousands of treatments that he has carried out, and it is only Vaser that is still producing them. The Cadogan Clinic does not recommend its use.

The liposuction procedure is performed with a tiny incision which will leave tiny scars. We aim at the Cadogan Clinic to make even these tiny scars as inconspicuous as possible. This is how we do it.

We make the scar as small as possible. We use very fine cannulas. We avoid techniques which demand a wide cannula such as the ultrasound methods like Vaser.

We use as few incisions as possible. This is mainly possible with experience, but also use long and sometimes curved cannulas to reach further, avoiding the second scar for the same area.

We are gentle in technique avoiding trauma at the incision. Some techniques generate heat causing burns(ultrasound) and others abrasions. Trauma and heat delay healing and produce bad and sometimes pigmented scars.

Some people make bad scars naturally. These are the keloid and hypertrophic scar formers.

We cannot prevent this, but the Cadogan Clinic is the first clinic in the UK to offer a genetic test to determine whether you are one of these people. If you do have this gene, then it will probably not stop you undergoing liposuction, but we will be prepared and have our Cadogan Clinic Scar management treatments available.

The incisions necessary for liposuction do not present a problem that cannot be overcome and should not deter you from treatment. You just need to know about them and discuss them with your surgeon.

The risks of surgery are:
+ Numbness: it's a temporary condition which the affected area will feel numb for a while.
+ Infections: there is zero probability that a skin infection will occur after liposuction surgery. Sometimes, it can be treated surgically, with the risk of scarring.
+ Internal organ punctures: among other side effect internal organ punctures are extremely rare.
+ Death: Anesthesia can lead to death in rare cases.
+ Kidney or heart problems: The change in the body's fluid levels may cause kidney or heart problems when fluids are injected or suctioned into the body system. This is very rare.
+ Pulmonary embolism: It's life-threatening when fat gets into the blood vessels and transports to the lungs, blocking the distribution in the lungs. This is very rare.
+ Pulmonary edema: it's the accumulation in the lungs when fluid is injected into the body. This is very rare.
+ Allergic reaction: The medications or materials used during surgery may be allergic to the patient.
+ Skin burns: The skin or nerves might be affected by the cannula movement which may cause friction burns. This is rare.

At Cadogan Clinic we have 40 years experience pioneering liposuction treatments and have developed the best protocols for the best results with the lowest level of risk. Whilst there are always minimal risks associated with all types of surgery, we take direct steps to mitigate these:

We treat all our patients in our own dedicated hospital in which we control and maintain standards to the highest levels.

All procedures are carried out as day cases, allowing patients to get home to their own home environment and reducing the risk of infection. Our post-operative infection rates are among the lowest in the country.

We only allow surgeons to practice who have demonstrated a track record of being amongst the most skilled in the country. With carefully selected techniques, we avoid uneven results.

We avoid techniques such as ultrasound Vaser which can burn the skin and cause collections of fluid (seroma) which have to be drained.

We provide comprehensive post-operative care at the hands of our expert team of cosmetic nurses.

All techniques of liposuction tighten the skin, but it is not a solution for already sagging skin. The tightening will be more significant where the skin is thin, such as in the neck and arms. Elsewhere, where the skin is heavier, it will generally be sufficient to take up just the extra laxity due to the removal of fat.           

In areas where the skin is already hanging in folds, such as the hanging bottom or abdominal apron, these folds tend to remain, as liposuction cannot repair already significantly loose skin. However, where there are folds of heavy fat over the lower back, liposuction can make a very significant improvement. If your skin has good elasticity at the time of the liposuction procedure you will see immediate tightening results once the fat is removed.

Where large amounts of fat are removed and the skin is loose, such as the abdominal apron, or where there has been significant weight loss, a combination of liposuction and skin excision may be the better option. Liposuction will not remove already existing stretch marks.

Body contouring includes non-surgical procedures as well as liposuction and skin excision. Non-surgical fat removal (Sculpt-Sure and CoolSculpt) does not however significantly shrink skin.

Other non-surgical options can be used to tighten the skin and improve quality. Stretch marks are now treatable at the Cadogan Clinic.

During your initial consultation at the Cadogan Clinic, your surgeon will go over all treatment options available to you for achieving your desired results. Whether it be non-surgical or liposuction, with or without skin excision, will be determined with your surgeon.


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