How much does it cost?
In the UK, liposuction ranges in price from about £2,000 to £6,000, depending on where the procedure is performed and the body areas being treated. At 111 Harley St., our prices start from £4,000 – we have extensive experience with liposuction and consider the procedure to be a very skilled operation that requires a meticulous eye for detail.
Can it help with other medical conditions?
Liposuction is normally done for cosmetic purposes, but it is sometimes used to treat certain health conditions, these include Lymphedema (where excess fluid collects in tissues causing swelling), Gynecomastia (enlargement or swelling of male breast tissue), Lipodystrophy syndrome (abnormal accumulation of fat tissue) and Lipomas (soft, fatty lumps that grow under your skin).
Are you awake or not during the procedure?
Depending on how many areas are being treated, the procedure will either be done under local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia. If performed under local, you will be able to go home straight away – be sure to have someone drive you, as it is likely you will be drowsy from the anaesthetic. For those targeting multiple areas and who will be under general anaesthetic, you may be required to stay overnight in the hospital.
How is it performed?
Prior to the procedure, the doctor will mark the area/s with a marker, so you can clearly see which areas of your body will be treated. Before and after photos will be taken for comparison and also show the success of the procedure.
How much weight can you lose?
Liposuction should not be used as a weight-loss solution – whilst some patients will lose a few pounds from the surgery (5-10 pounds), the goal is to improve overall physical physique. As fat is removed from specific areas, the procedure will significantly improve the way you look and feel.
Recovery varies from patient to patient! With all liposuction methods, the minimal recovery time will be several days to two weeks and you should expect some bruising, swelling, and soreness during this time. These side effects might persist up for up to 6 weeks if the operation was extensive.
Is it permanent?
Liposuction is a permanent procedure, once the fat cells are removed from the body they will not grow back. However, the surrounding fat cells may increase in size if you don’t maintain a healthy diet and exercise.
Will it leave sagging skin and what can be done about that?
Many patients worry about skin sagging post-procedure – Accent Prime, Thermage FLX, and LPG Endermologie are all treatments that can aid in tightening the skin post-procedure. However, if the skin is overstretched, this can be removed surgically.
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