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Liposuction in Scotland

Liposuction is common cosmetic surgery treatment that used to help remove stubborn fat from areas where diet and exercise alone have proved unsuccessful. It is used to treat people who are close to normal weight with good skin elasticity and is not considered a treatment for obesity. Men are most likely to have liposuction on male breast and stomach areas whilst women are most likely to have liposuction on their thighs and hips. Areas that can be treated by liposuction include:

  • Neck
  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Stomach
  • Thighs
  • Upper Arms
  • Male Breasts

What does Liposuction entail?

Liposuction involves the removal of unwanted fat by means of a suction device. Before treatment a consultant will assess your general health and the quality of your skin on the areas to be treated to determine whether liposuction is suitable for you. The consultant will then take you through the procedure. Depending on the extent of the area being treated it can be carried out under a local or general anaesthetic.

What happens during the Liposuction operation?

Your operation will be performed under general or local anaesthetic and could take between one to four hours depending on the amount of fat being removed. Your surgeon will make a tiny incision where the fat is to be removed and insert a small cannula (hollow tube) to manipulate the fat cells. The fat is then sucked out using a vacuum device. If it is a larger ares that is being treated then several incisions may require to be made. These cuts are stitched back together at the end of the operation, with any stitches or staples removed within five to ten days after the operation.

There are two kinds of liposuction techniques.

    • Tumescent liposuction is slightly longer than traditional liposuction and involves injecting a solution containing an anaesthetic agent, salt solution and Vaso constrictor (which helps contract blood vessels) into the area being treated to help reduce bruising and bleeding.
    • Ultra Sound Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) is where a cannula producing ultra sound is used to aid fat removal.

How much does it cost?

Scottish Clinics' website offers a comparable list of prices for Liposuction procedures with leading Scottish plastic surgeons on your doorstep. (Many of our surgeons are called on to perform surgery in some of the top London clinics, so there's no need for you to fly around the country when the best consultants are here for you.) Click for costs.

What about Aftercare?

Following Liposuction surgery, you will most likely have swelling, bruising and possible bleeding. any discomfort will be managed by your consultant with pain relief. Depending on how big the area being treated you may be able to go to go home on the same day or the day after your surgery, however, you will require to wear an elastic support garment 24-hours-a-day for six weeks. Most people can go back to work two weeks after surgery although its essential to rest after a liposuction procedure and to not do anything too strenuous for a few weeks. The overall appearance of your procedure will become apparent after two-to-three weeks, however, it can take up to six months for swelling to go down fully and up to twelve-months before your new shape can be viewed as a final result.

Every surgical procedure comes with a degree of risk and possible complications. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your consultant at the outset and to ask what aftercare procedures come into play with your chosen clinic and surgeon.

You should only undertake  cosmetic surgery under the guidance of a qualified surgeon. All consultants are on Scottish Clinics' website are General Medical Council accredited and listed plastic surgeons are members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.