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What is liposuction?

Liposuction, or ‘lipo’ as it is sometimes known, is a cosmetic procedure used to remove unwanted body fat.

What are the different types of liposuction?

Yes, a thigh lift is likely to leave a scar. The location and length of the scar are dependent upon where the incision is placed and the extent to which skin is removed. Your surgeon will try to hide this in the natural creases and folds of your thigh region.

These scars will heal over time and can heal faster with the use of over the counter treatments. You should expect most scars to be well hidden with particular underwear or clothing.

What is Vaser liposuction?

Vaser liposuction breaks apart fat cells and loosens them from deeper tissues. Vaser claimed to be quicker, more effective and less painful than other techniques. However, used elsewhere, we have seen lumpy results and occasional burns. The frequent complication is the development of seromas or collections of fluid requiring drainage. The Cadogan Clinic does not recommend this method of liposuction.

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

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Why do we not use ultrasound liposuction, such as Vaser, as the Cadogan Clinic?

After years of research in the US, the founder of the clinic and pioneer of liposuction in the UK, Bryan Mayou, determined ultrasound liposuction carried 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.

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. Mr 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. This does not occur with traditional liposuction, and it is only Vaser that is still producing them. The Cadogan Clinic does not recommend its use.

Which different types of liposuction are performed at the Cadogan Clinic?

There are several different types of liposuction performed here at the Cadogan Clinic.

There are also ultrasound techniques, but we do not use these at the Cadogan Clinic. We consider that it has no advantage and adds unnecessary complications.

How does lipo work?

Lipo works by sucking out small areas of fat that are hard to lose through diet and exercise. It's carried out on areas of the body where deposits of fat tend to collect, such as the buttocks, hips, thighs and stomach.

The procedure is carried out under general anesthetic. The surgeon will mark out on the body the areas of fat to be removed. They then inject this area with a solution containing anaesthetic and medicine, to reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling. The fat cells are broken up, the surgeon makes a small incision and a suction tube attached to a vacuum machine is placed in the cut. The tube is moved back and forth to loosen the fat and suck it out. Excess fluid and blood is drained and the treated area is stitched and bandaged. The whole process usually takes between one and three hours.

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

You can lose a few pounds or kilos of weight with liposuction. The aim of the procedure is less about losing weight, however, but more about giving the body a more sculpted look. Maintaining a healthy diet after the procedure is essential to help keep this new shape.

Can Liposuction get rid of belly fat?

Liposuction can be carried out on the stomach and is an effective method for getting rid of belly fat. That said, liposuction is more of a sculpting tool for the belly region, than a tool for completely getting rid of belly fat.  

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