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What is Fat Removal surgery?

Fat removal, commonly known as a liposuction or lipo, is a popular procedure in the UK for patients who are looking to lose excess or unwanted body fat.

January 5th, 2022 |Ask an Expert

What is a fat removal procedure?

Fat removal is a surgical procedure that targets areas of stubborn fat that are difficult to lose through diet and exercise. The surgery involves removing excess fat cells beneath the skin using a thin hollow tube called a cannula. A special vacuum is attached to the tube to sculpt and contour the treatment area.  

Fat removal procedures will take place at one of our third-party hospital facilities and are carried out under general anaesthetic. Depending on the number of areas you are having fat removal, the procedure should take between 30 mins –3 hours.  Following fat removal surgery, patients are required to wear a tight compression garment to help minimise swelling and allow the body to conform to its new shape. The compression garment must be worn day and night as instructed by their surgeon.  

Where can I have Fat Removal on my body? 

Your surgeon will discuss your areas of concern during your consultation and will then recommend the best treatment plan to achieve your desired outcome. Multiple areas of the body can be treated for fat removal at the same time: 

  • Stomach 

  • Hips 

  • Thighs 

  • Buttocks 

  • Back 

  • Flanks 

  • Arms 

  • Neck, chin & jowls

Benefits of Fat Removal: 

Fat removal can be a life-changing procedure for patients, instilling confidence and contributing to improved health and lifestyle. Benefits of fat removal surgery include the following:  

  • Increased confidence 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 wider choice in clothing  

  • Body feels more in proportion  

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


Recovering from Fat Removal surgery 

Fat removal patients should typically expect a 6-8-week recovery period. Bruising and swelling is normal following fat removal surgery and should begin to subside after 7-21 days.  

Every patient’s healing journey is different. Most patients will see a result straight away, but it can take many months to see the final result. Scars are a natural part of the healing process following surgery; most will fade and become paler and flatter over time, although they never completely disappear. It is important that patients attend all their post-operative appointments at their MYA clinical hub, so that a nurse can monitor their healing and deliver wound care.  

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