Regardless of how strictly you stick to your diet or how often you visit the gym, you may still have stubborn pockets of fat which refuse to budge. Liposuction surgery may help. It is not a method of weight reduction; it can’t remove cellulite or stretch marks. It is designed to suction body fat and improve contours in targeted areas of the body. Many parts of the body are suitable for treatment; including: ‘love handles’, double chin removal, thighs, upper arms, buttocks, calves, ankles and abdomen reduction.
Before making a decision, your careful consideration of all the facts is necessary. As with any cosmetic surgery, discussion with your liposuction surgeon is essential. During an initial consultation with the expert Liberate surgeon of your choice, you’ll discuss the shape you’re trying to achieve and whether fat removal by means of liposuction is appropriate for you. Liberate’s qualified and experienced BAAPS / BAPRAS surgeons will assess your needs and discuss the results you can realistically expect.
The amount, location and stubbornness of the fat will influence the recommendations made by your surgeon who is responsible for all procedures and care. Each form of liposuction carries its own limitations and risks which your surgeon will discuss with you:
• Liposuction is generally used for larger areas of fatty deposits.
• Liposculpture is a refinement of liposuction, using very fine instruments.
• Liposoft uses a targeted water jet and smaller volumes of water than in traditional liposuction, increasing recovery times and minimising bruises and swelling.
• Vaser lipo uses ultrasound technology to emulsify and break up fats. It is accurate and leaves blood vessels and nerves relatively unscathed.
Liposuction prices incorporate the number and types of treatments, surgeon's fees, anaesthetist's fees and hospital costs. Your care is highly personalised and of the highest standard. At Liberate, getting the right result is our top priority.
Depending on the extent of the work and the techniques used, the operation could take between one and four hours. Typically a cut or cuts are made in the chosen area and a tiny metal tube is inserted and moved vigorously. In wet liposuction a water jet containing local anaesthetic breaks up fat cells, allowing extraction through a vacuum pump. Nerves and small blood vessels are left intact. Stitches may be required to close the cut. After the procedure, skin can retract over the area.
If your operation was performed under general anaesthetic you will need to rest until the effects have passed. If a local anaesthetic was used it may be some hours before feeling returns to the treated area. Special care must be taken to protect the treated area. You may also need pain relief to help with discomfort or pain. The treated area is strapped firmly with bandages, often you will be fitted with a support garment, which will reduce swelling. You will usually be able to go home when you feel ready but full liposuction recovery may take some weeks. You’ll be given guidance covering hygiene, bathing and care for stitches. Your surgeon will review your progress at a follow up appointment as part of our aftercare package.
Once you have chosen your surgeon, there are a number of ways to make contact and arrange your initial consultation.
You can send your questions via the contact us page or email us directly here and a member of the Liberate team will contact you to answer any questions you may have and book your appointment.
The next step is to meet the surgeon of your choice. It is likely he/ she consults at two or three different hospitals; we can help you determine which location would be most convenient for you.
During an initial consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you your concerns and examine you to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for surgery.
He/ She will comprehensively explain what is involved in your procedure and discuss any possible risks associated with the procedure. This will be your first chance to ask all those questions!
Be sure to ask to see the surgeon’s before and after photographs. He/ She will be able to show you photographs of patients in a similar situation to yourself. This can be very useful for you to view the surgeon’s previous results to get an idea of what can be achieved.
Following your initial consultation, your surgeon will ask you to take time to think over all the information you have been given and talk it over with your friends and family. It is best practice for the surgeon to invite you back for a second consultation before you go ahead with any surgery.
This is a good opportunity to ask any questions that may have arisen since your first appointment. The surgeon will go through the procedure in more detail and ensure you have realistic expectations of the results possible.
When all your questions and concerns have been answered, the surgeon’s secretary will arrange a convenient date for your surgery. Try to avoid any important dates and events which may clash with your recovery period.
Each patient is different and it is difficult to predict how long your recovery will take. If you have young children make sure you have appropriate child care in place in order for you to recuperate and relax at home without having to look after the children.
With Liberate surgeons, you can rest assured that you will be looked after: before, during, following your surgery and beyond.
All Liberate surgeons make it a priority to see you following your surgery and are available for follow-up appointments.
You’ll be seen by the surgeon who operated on you – not a nurse or a different surgeon. It’s important to us that you see the surgeon you know already.
At Liberate, aftercare is for life.