Liposuction / Fat Removal

Liposuction Surgery at the Belvedere Clinic London, Kent & Essex

liposuction-surgery-for-womenLiposuction Surgery / Fat Removal for Women


The aim of liposuction Surgery is to re-contour your body to produce a more proportioned and often aesthetically enhanced shape. The technique of liposuction Surgery has many applications and the range of procedures is available to women. Women most frequently request liposuction Surgery to the hips, thighs and stomach.

The effect of the surgery should be highly noticable in the treated areas. However, although the fat cells that have been aspirated do not regenerate, a small percentage of these cells are left under the skin and muscle and will continue to store fat if excessive weight is regained.


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Kerry Katona recently underwent cosmetic surgery at the Belvedere Clinic for a tummy tuck and liposuction. Carried out by our own UK Plastic Surgeon Dr Maurino Joffily. Kerry had liposuction to her arms, back, flanks, Stomach & thighs, she is very happy with her results. Read More …….


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About Your Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures performed on both men and women to permanently remove fat cells from certain problem areas of the body. Small thin tubes with blunt tips, called cannulas, are inserted through tiny incisions in the skin and fat deposits are removed by suction from targeted parts of the body. Liposuction can be done using traditional methods or assisted by laser or ultrasound to help liquefy fat before suction. The amount of fat cells that can be removed is limited as too much may increase surgical risks and leave dents and lumps in the skin.

Liposuction surgery is usually done on patients with a stable body weight who would like to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific areas in order to improve the shape of the body. The procedure does not remove cellulite, stretch marks, or dimples and is not an overall weight-loss method or treatment for obesity. The aim is more aesthetic and suits individuals who would like to re-shape and enhance the contours of their body by targeting problem areas that do not respond well to exercise or diet.

how-liposuction-worksProcedure Time: 1 -3 hours
No of proc needed: 1/area
Recovery Time: 8-10 weeks

Treatment applies to different body types and can be used to treat body areas below the neck, some of the most commonly treated areas are:

✓ Abdomen ✓ Flanks ✓ Back ✓ Arms ✓ Hips ✓ Buttocks ✓ Thighs ✓ Knees

Benefits of Liposuction

  1. It helps to reshape the contours of the body.
  2. Effects are long-lasting that helps prevent weight increase in the areas treated for a long time after the procedure.
  3. Improves the appearance of the body.
  4. Can help make the body look more natural by correcting abnormalities as a result of bypass or gastric band weight loss procedures.
  5. Results are almost immediate in most cases apart from swelling that may take a few weeks to subside.
  6. It can remove fatty breast tissue in men suffering from gynecomastia (excessive amounts of fatty tissue that develops in the breasts of men).
  7. It may help to completely remove lipomas (fatty tumours that develop in certain parts of the body).
  8. Helps in the treatment of lipodystrophy (a disturbance of fat metabolism that causes excessive fat to develop in some areas of the body and none in others).
  9. Removing fat cells can help to prevent chafing in areas like the thighs and reduce excessive sweating in the armpits.
  10. It encourages better health habits as the results of the procedure needs to be maintained with good dieting and exercise.
  11. Whilst it is not a substitute for healthy living, it can improve feelings of well-being when severe abnormalities and imbalances in the body’s appearance are corrected.

Liposuction FAQs

What are the most common areas for Liposuction ?

Liposuction is among the top options to remove fat from body areas where fat is usually accumulated. These areas differ for men and women! For males the most frequently treated body areas are belly, flanks, breasts (in cases of gynecomastia) and chin/neck! For females the most frequent treatments take place at hips,thighs, arms, buttocks and breasts.

How much fat can be taken? Can you treat multiple areas at once ?

Only a doctor would be able to tell you how much body fat can be removed from a patient in one operation. Remember that this is not meant as a weight loss alternative. The idea behind the procedure is to create a more appealing silhouette. There may not actually be that much weight lost, but the slimmer profile is the promised reward.

Am I a Good Candidate?

As a surgical procedure liposuction comes with the normal risks associated with surgery. To reduce the potential risks you must be in good health, a non-smoker, be within 30% of your ideal weight, and have firm elastic skin. You must also have realistic expectations and not expect the procedure to get rid of cellulite or help you lose weight but rather enhance the appearance of the body. The procedure is not recommended for those with health issues such as heart disease, blood flow problems, a weak immune system, or diabetes.

How soon will I see my results? What is the recovery time ?

That depends on the extensiveness of the operation, how much fat is being removed as well as how many areas were addressed by a single procedure. Many patients have reported dynamic results within days of the procedure and many others had to wait 3 months and more. It will be important to consult a doctor before any realistic projections can be made.

Are the Results Permanent?

Although the procedure permanently removes fat cells, weight can be gained in different areas of the body. To maintain the new shape of your body you should follow a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean protein. Regular exercise will help keep your body in good shape.

Is the Procedure covered by private Health Insurance?

Most health insurance plans do not cover liposuction as it is considered a cosmetic procedure. Talk to your surgeon before the surgery about costs and payment options.

What happens after my Lipo procedure ?

Depending on the type of surgery, you may not have to stay in a hospital, but there will be swelling, bruising, and soreness that will take a few weeks to subside. You will be given antibiotics to prevent infection and most patients are able to resume their normal activities within 2 weeks. You may be required to use a compression garment to control swelling for a month to two after the procedure.

Liposuction Video Testimonial

Joanne Ellis from Surrey in the UK has kindly offered to do a video testimonial for the Belvedere Clinic. Joanne Ellis underwent Liposuction Surgery at the Belvedere Clinic in London April 2014 to reduce fat around the tops of her thighs.

Liposuction Surgery Recovery

On the morning of your first appointment following your liposuction procedure you will need to have a bath and remove the white dressing. Your stitches will be removed at The Belvedere Clinic. Following this appointment your dressing and pressure garment should be kept on and in place for 7 days. You will then be able to shower but not bath until skin is healed. The pressure garment should continue to be worn for a further 6 weeks. Your surgeon will discuss this in detail with you however if you have any queries feel free to call us on the number below.

Pre-operative preparation – Our Plastic surgeon will discuss the procedure in detail with you during your pre-operative consultation. Click here to read more information on your Pre-Operative care

*Please note individual results may vary, there is also a physical limitation to how much fat can be removed per session, your surgeon will be happy to discuss this with you at consultation prior to surgery.

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