Liposuction is a body-sculpting procedure that removes resistant fat. The procedure can be performed on nearly every area of the body.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after two to three days. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one to two weeks. 

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight discomfort following liposuction, but this is only temporary. Some swelling and bruising is expected but resolves over a number of days.

3. Will I look natural?
Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is performed under sedation or general anaesthesia.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Liposuction, also known as suction-assisted lipectomy, is a body-contouring procedure that removes localised deposits of fat. The goal of liposuction is to create beautiful and harmonious contours.

The areas that are commonly treated are the ‘love-handles’, ‘saddlebags’, upper and lower abdomen, thighs, inner knees, calves, ankles and double chin. Liposuction is also used to correct enlarged male breasts, known as gynaecomastia.

Some patients undergo liposuction to multiple areas at one operation to achieve a more proportioned overall shape.

Am I A Good Candidate For Liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are those;

  • Who are healthy but have localised deposits of excess fat
  • Whose weight not not changed significantly during the last 6 months
  • Who do not have a medical condition that could impede healing
  • Who do not smoke
  • Who have realistic expectations of the results and willing to follow all pre-op and post-op instructions

What Will Liposuction Not Do?

While liposuction can sculpt the body, it is not a treatment for obesity and does not replace regular exercise and a healthy diet. However, after removal of diet and exercise-resistant fat, many patients are inspired to lead a healthier lifestyle. Liposuction cannot stop future weight gain and the improvement in body contour may be lost if there is significant weight gain.


Traditional liposuction
This Involves removal of excess subcutaneous fat through a narrow hollow tube, known as a cannula. With each pass of the cannula, fat is removed leaving behind a ‘tunnel’. The intervening connective tissue and blood vessels are left intact, resembling three dimensional lattice. As the overlying skin is no longer supported by fat, it flattens to produce a slimmer contour.

Our Consultants perform both tumescent power-assisted (MicroAire) liposuction and water-jet assisted (Body-Jet®) liposuction. With tumescent liposuction, saline solution containing local anaesthetic and adrenaline, is first injected into the fat. This serves to soften the fat whilst the adrenaline constricts small blood vessels, minimising bleeding and bruising. With water-jet assisted liposuction, the fat is loosened by a jet of fluid (similar to tumescent liposuction fluid) emitted from the end of the cannula. This allows for less bruising and better real-time evaluation of the treated area.
Our Consultants have extensive experience with both techniques and will advise which is best for you.

Fat removed with water-jet assisted liposuction, is far less traumatised compared with fat removed via other techniques. It is ideal for fat grafting, transferring to other areas of the body. The face and breasts are two areas that are commonly augmented with fat.

Recovery from Liposuction
After liposuction, a compression garment will be required to be worn. This helps minimise swelling and facilitate skin tightening. It is important the compression garment is worn as instructed to ensure the skin over the liposuctioned area, adheres tightly and smoothly. Two or three days after surgery, you will be able to shower.

Some swelling and bruising is expected but resolves over a number of days. The final result will not be apparent until a number of weeks have passed.

Prior to surgery, our team will give you detailed aftercare instructions. This will include how to care for the incisions, pain relief and when you may resume normal activity.

Water-Jet Assisted (Body-Jet®) Liposuction
Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) is an innovative new technology that uses the power of water to dislodge and remove fat cells from the body. Removal of the fat cells is permanent, resulting in an improved contour. Water-jet assisted liposuction is far more gentle than traditional liposuction techniques, as there is minimal trauma to the tissue supporting the fat. This included blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue. As there is less trauma to supporting tissue, patients benefit from less bruising, swelling and a quicker recovery.

One of the great features of WAL, is that the jet of water contains local anaesthetic. This allows a treated area to be made numb and fat removed simultaneously. Unlike tumescent liposuction, the treated area does not require a large volume of anaesthetic solution. This means there is less swelling and the area can be accurately contoured.

Another benefit of WAL is the gentle manner in which the fat is removed. The harvested fat is less traumatised and therefore ideally suited for fat grafting.

Speak to a member of our team for further information or to arrange a consultation

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Possible Risks

As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo liposuction should not be made hastily. Risks include;

Over-correction / under-correction

Asymmetry – there is always a risk of asymmetry whenever surgery is performed on both sides of the body. It is important to understand that nearly everyone has some pre-existing asymmetry,

Bruising and swelling  – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely, can persist for several weeks,

Skin laxity – it is possible for to skin lose elasticity as a result of the removal of a large amounts of fat. This tends to be more of an issue for older patients,

Irregularities – every effort will be made to give a balanced, seemless result, but on occasion irregular contouring may occur,

Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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