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Fat removal, commonly known as liposuction or lipo, is a popular cosmetic procedure in the UK for patients who are looking to remove excess or unwanted body fat. Fat removal surgery targets areas of stubborn fat that are difficult to lose through healthy eating and exercise.  

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    30 min - 3 hours

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    General Anaesthetic

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    Day case

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    1 week

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    Recovery Time

    6 weeks

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    Lipo, Liposuction

Liposuction patient story
Liposuction patient story
Liposuction patient story
Liposuction patient story

What is Liposuction? 

Fat removal is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat cells beneath the skin using a hollow stainless-steel tube, with the assistance of a powerful vacuum to reshape and contour the area of treatment to give a shapely appearance. Multiple areas of the body can be treated for fat removal at the same time, whether you are looking to remove fat from your stomach, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms or neck, MYA's highly experienced team of surgeons and state-of-the-art operating facilities are the right choice for your fat removal procedure. 

Fat removal is not designed as a treatment for obesity or a weight loss solution, it aims to correct and improve bodily contours by removing pockets of fat from areas of the body that are resistant to diet and exercise.  

Liposuction is most effective in patients who have gained excess weight following pregnancy or due to ageing but still have good skin quality and elasticity. Liposuction is not an effective procedure for patients with excess loose skin, or those looking to improve cellulite dimpling or stretch marks.

It's important to note that liposuction surgery can only be offered to those who are a healthy weight and have stubborn areas of fat that can't be removed with lifestyle changes. As with all cosmetic surgery procedures, patients should be aware that they will need to undergo physical assessments before being deemed eligible for the procedure.

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How much does liposuction cost?

Vaser Liposuction prices start from £3,995. For further information on Vaser Liposuction costs click here.

Whether you would prefer to pay in full, utilise our finance offerings, pay with a credit card or take out a bank loan, MYA offer many different payment options to our patients to ensure funding a cosmetic surgery procedure is accessible to all. To learn more about our finance options, click here. 

Different types of Liposuction procedures

There are a few different types of liposuction that allow patients to achieve their ideal body shape. Here are the ones we offer at MYA:

  • Traditional fat removal - a shallow tube (cannula) is inserted through the small incisions and manipulated to break down the fat cells so they can be vacuumed out of the body. 

  • Vaser Liposuction - uses ultrasonic energy whereby patented small probes transmit sound waves which then break apart the fat on contact.  

  • Microaire liposuction - also known as power-assisted liposuction, this type uses a power-assisted cannula that vibrates to break up fat cells. This is recommended for precise fat removal.

  • Fat removal combined with a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) - Fat removal will typically be combined with a tummy tuck if a patient presents with loose excess skin that needs to be removed from the abdomen.

Benefits of Liposuction 

Liposuction can be a life-changing procedure for many patients, instilling confidence and contributing to improved health and lifestyle. The benefits of fat removal surgery include: 

  • Increased confidence and self-esteem 

  • Motivation to pursue a healthier lifestyle  

  • Removal of fat that is resistant to diet and exercise  

  • Contoured treatment areas  

  • Prevents excess sweating and chaffing  

  • Ability to have a wider choice of clothing 

  • The body feels more in proportion 

  • Can have lasting benefits if patients maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise    

Liposuction procedure overview

Our expert fat removal surgeons will assess your BMI (body mass index). This is a measurement of your total fat content in relation to your height and gives a baseline for the surgeon to determine your suitability for liposuction. There are physiological limits as to the quantity of fat that can be removed at any one time, therefore patients under and over a certain BMI may not be suitable for fat removal surgery. 

Liposuction can be combined with other procedures such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck). After a thorough assessment of the patient's BMI, the surgeon will recommend the best treatment plan for you and discuss the risks, limitations and benefits of fat removal surgery. 

Fat removal is carried out under general anaesthetic and can take between 30 minutes and 3 hours, depending on the patient's requirements and the number of treatment areas. The surgery can be performed as a day case, or the patient may be required to stay overnight to recover in hospitals.

Liposuction surgery recovery

After surgery, patients may experience some discomfort, bruising, and swelling in the affected areas, this is normal following a fat removal procedure. Pain relief will be provided to ease discomfort, bruising and swelling should start to subside after 7-21 days. Every patient heals differently, therefore, swelling and bruising can take 12 weeks or longer to subside.  

MYA advise patients to take 7-10 days off work following fat removal surgery. Patients will be required to wear tight compression garments for 4-6 weeks post-op to aid healing and prevent excess swelling.  

It is important that patients attend all their post-operative nurse appointments at our MYA clinical hubs, so we can monitor their healing and ensure there is no damage to their blood vessels.

Which areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Common areas for liposuction treatment include: 

  • Hips 

  • Stomach 

  • Thighs (saddlebags) 

  • Buttocks 

  • Neck, Chin & Jowls

  • Upper arms 

  • Back 

  • Flanks (love handles)

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Before & After


The liposuction before and after pictures below shows only a small selection of the amazing work that MYA's surgeons do. Hopefully you'll be able to see someone similar to yourself to get an idea of what your result could be. When you attend your initial eConsult, your eConsult advisor will share the exclusive MYA before and after hub with you, where you'll be able to see many more surgeon-specific photos. 

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Liposuction - Before and Afters


Liposuction - Before and Afters


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Please bear in mind that all of MYA's photos are taken at 6 weeks post-op and swelling can take up to a year to fully subside.

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How much fat can be removed with liposuction?

The amount of fat that can be removed with liposuction surgery is patient-dependent. However, most can expect the removal of around 6-8lbs of fat from their chosen area(s). 

During your consultations with a MYA surgeon, you will be given a more detailed prediction of how much fat can be removed, based on your body max index (BMI) and lifestyle. 

A good candidate for liposuction is someone who lives a healthy lifestyle and has realistic expectations about what can be achieved. MYA requires you to have a BMI between 18-30 to ensure you will get the best results possible.

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