Liposuction is the cosmetic surgery procedure to remove unwanted fat
deposits from your body. Liposuction abroad is becoming one of the top procedures for medical tourists
wishing to find lower prices.
With Liposuction, the most commonly targeted areas of the body are the abdomen, buttocks, hips and thighs, but
the chin, neck and cheeks, upper arm and shoulders, knees, calves and ankles can also benefit from the liposuction
procedure. What these areas have in common is that they often do not respond well to diet and exercise.
Suction assisted lipectomy, or liposuction, should not however be used as merely a weight control measure or a
substitute for exercise and diet control as weight reduction options. In addition to the financial cost,
liposuction is potentially risky.
Medical tourism is one option for reducing the cost of Liposuction. Getting Liposuction abroad can be
as much as 50% to 70% cheaper than in the UK. So, even if you add travel and hotel costs, you still end up with a
bargain. Just make sure you choose the doctor and the clinic after checking their track record, specifically in
Check the registration and credits of both the doctor and the facility, especially if you are going abroad, and
check the quality of service they offer, as well as the infrastructure. Alternatively, a reputable cosmetic surgery
referral service can be very helpful.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
What is Liposuction?
Who Can Benefit from Liposuction?
How is Liposuction Performed?
What Options Do I Have?
How Much Fat Can Be Removed?
Can I Combine Lipo with Other
How Permanent are the Results?
What Are the Risks?
How Long Does it Take to Recover From
How Much Does Liposuction Cost?
The Liposuction procedure is a way to remove localised fat deposits that don’t respond well to normal diet and
exercise regimes. Because of the loss of volume, some loose skin can be expected with a more extensive liposuction
treatment. Many people choose to combine liposuction with a tummy-tuck or a buttock
lift for the maximum results. Liposuction is also sometimes used as part of the Neck Lift surgical procedure, to remove excess fat deposits from the neck
and lower chin.
A typical candidate for Liposuction will have already tried dieting and exercise to get rid of fat deposits on
the body, but without success. Some less reputable clinics may take on a patient who has not made serious attempt
to lose weight, but it is not to be recommended.
Liposuction is an increasingly popular procedure, among men as well as the women who have traditionally been the
biggest market for cosmetic surgery. The procedure can trim all the unseemly areas of flab that nothing seems to
get rid of, and enhance both the way you look, and the way you feel about yourself.
Liposuction, in its most basic form, is performed with a hollow tube, called a cannula, and a
suction device, known as the aspirator. All liposuction techniques use this set-up, but with
variations to facilitate the process.
Anesthesia is required, and may be general or local, depending on the extent of Liposuction. The liposuction is
performed through a small incision, with the cannula moved back and forth to break up the fat cells, which are then
sucked out by the aspirator.
Originally, there was the one kind of Liposuction, which was dry liposuction. This is rarely
used nowadays, and all Liposuction is a variation of wet liposuction, where fluid is injected into
the fat, to assist the fat breakdown. The fluid injected is a mixture of local anaesthetic, saline solution and a
chemical to contract the blood cells, to minimise bleeding. Tumescent Liposuction falls under
For higher-volume Lipo, super-wet liposuction is the preferred choice, as it minimises the
trauma to the patient.
You will see several different options and names given to liposuction, such as Vaser
Liposuction, Ultrasound, Smart Lipo, and Laser
Lipolysis. These methods of Liposuction are becoming extremely popular at home and in many countries
abroad, although there are those cosmetic surgeons who question whether they are much more effective than
traditional methods, or whether they are an excuse for increasing the price tag.
The principle of technologies such as Smart Liposuction is that thermal or photomechanical energy is better for
localised areas of fat, and also for tightening the skin, while Ultrasound Liposuction and Laser Liposuction are
believed to help break down fat cells, effectively melting them before they are suctioned out.
The is a limit to how much fat can be safely removed by liposuction, and a reputable Lipo doctor will not exceed
this. Any more than 5 litres should be regarded as too much, and there is evidence that the fat removed by
Liposuction should not exceed 3 litres.
The more fat that is removed, the greater the risk of the Liposuction procedure.
Liposuction is one of those surgeries which is frequently combined with other procedures. After Liposuction the
patient may be left with loose skin in the area operated on, so abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), thighplasty (thigh lift), or Brachioplasty(arm lift) are all commonly performed after the Liposuction
procedure. However, because this dramatically increases the risk of complications, it is advisable to wait until
you are fully recovered.
The Brazilian Butt Lift is actually the removal
of localised fat deposits, which are then implanted into the buttocks, for a larger butt, while some experimental
breast enhancement procedures also transfer fat to the breasts. This technique is technically known as
"autologous fat transfer".
Liposuction is also sometimes combined with Bariatric or Weight
Loss Surgery, which allows the patient to remove unwanted fat, while helping to prevent weight-gain afterwards.
It stands to reason that combining procedures can greatly increase the risk of complications, so you must
discuss this with your surgeon.
It is possible to make the results permanent, if you stick to sensible eating, and get enough exercise on a
regular basis. At the end of the day, it is down to the patient how permanent the results are.
In general, liposuction is now a safe and reliable process, with a low rate of complications. However, it is
important to understand that no surgery is completely without risk, and you should make sure that your surgeon
discusses these with you, thoroughly. Also see our article "Risks of
Cosmetic Surgery", for general advice.
Liposuction usually has a fast recovery rate. Hospitalisation is short, and you can often resume a normal
schedule in a few days. Sometimes it is possible to go home on the same day, if the anaesthetic used was a local
one. Bruising and swelling should be expected, which will often subside within a couple of weeks.
For a period of up to four weeks after Liposuction, you will wear bandages or a compression garment, and you
will need to keep the area of incision clean and dry.
The actual cost of liposuction depends on a number of factors, such as the area of liposuction, and also
the amount of fat being removed. However, within the UK, the costs for liposuction are high. For UK citizens,
wishing to save on costs for Liposuction, European countries like Poland, Hungary, the
Czech Republic and Croatia are particularly popular destinations.
Cosmetic Liposuction surgery abroad is a viable option for people who do not mind travelling to find lower
rates, and many places further afield, like South Africa,
Mexico and Argentina are now firmly on the UK medical tourism map.
A fairly typical price for Liposuction in the UK is around £3,400, whereas if you shop around it is possible to
get the same treatment for closer to £1,000, if you are prepared to travel abroad.
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