Many patients become self-conscious about abnormal concentration of fat that develop in certain parts of the body. Even an otherwise slender and fit person can have unwanted excess fat in specific spots such as the thighs, knees, hips, buttocks, abdomen, upper arms, under the chin, in the cheeks, and in the neck.

Liposuction, also known as “liposculpture” and “lipoplasty,” can help by removing the unwanted fat, leaving behind a slimmer and contoured body feature. Liposuction has helped many people finally be rid of their not-so-affectionately named “saddle bags,” “love handles,” “pot bellies,” etc. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss achieved by a healthy diet and appropriate exercise. The purpose of liposuction is to sculpt the body.

The ideal candidate for liposuction has a close-to-normal body weight. It is not a treatment for generalised obesity. We will be happy to discuss with you the various issues surrounding liposuction,

The age of the patient is not a major factor. However, a loss of skin elasticity can occur with age, and a patient with diminished elasticity may not achieve the same outcome as someone who has firmer, tighter skin to begin with. If there is loss of skin elasticity, patients may choose to undergo a skin tightening procedure such as abdominoplasty, thigh or arm-lift at the same time as liposuction.

Aims of Surgery

The aim of suction lipectomy is to produce an improvement in contour of a specific area by removing excess fatty tissue. This is achieved with the aid of a specially designed high powered suction pump through a very small incision, often no longer than 1 cm.

Areas of the body most commonly affected

The Thighs and Hips

These are the most commonly treated area and often bulging fat extends around into the buttocks.

The Knees

Bulges are often present on the inner side of the knees and these are amenable to treatment.

The Abdomen

Where the bulge is confined to the lower abdomen and there is no excess of the skin suction lipectomy is a satisfactory method of treatment. However if loose skin is present, perhaps an abdominoplasty is the preferable operation. And in some cases the two can be combined.

The Face

Suction lipectomy is often used to improve the contour of a fatty neck and is commonly used in conjunction with a face lift operation.

Commonly asked questions

Is the result permanent?

The fat cells that are actually removed during the operation can never return. Thus if you gain weight at some time in the future the weight gain is likely to be of a more even distribution.

How much fat can be removed?

On an average 1 to 3 litres of fat can be removed safely. Larger amounts of fat can be removed in some patients however this increases the risk of complications.

Are there any scars?

The incisions made are very small and the scarring is negligible.

What happens to the excess skin?

In younger patients the skin is sufficiently elastic to contract as it heals. Occasionally however a skin tightening procedure is necessary. In most patients this is obvious prior to surgery and we would recommend a skin tightening procedure at the same time.

Are there any complications?

No major complication is anticipated although occasionally swelling and bruising may be excessive. Complications are rare when the operation is carried out in a hospital environment. Lumpiness in the treated areas or unevenness is occasionally seen especially if the area treated is extensive. This usually resolves with massage. Should any permanent irregularity remain, a small secondary revision is required. Infection or excessive bleeding causing a haematoma (blood clot) is extremely rare?

Where is the operation carried out?

The operation is carried out in a reputable private hospital either at Liverpool or Warrington.

Meet Your Surgeon

Mr Juma is a Plastic Surgeon with 25 years of medical experience who has a long established reputation within his field. He is a Senior NHS Plastic Surgeon, a Medical Examiner and Honorary Lecturer who is renowned for being a perfectionist.

For your peace of mind, Mr Juma is GMC registered and a member of the Plastic Surgery UK membership bodies BAAPS and BAPRAS.

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