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Liposuction in Hull, York, Grimsby, Lincoln & London

(Lipomodelling; Lipofilling)

Introduction

With age, fatty tissue accumulates in the various parts of the body in women and men. Liposuction is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits from different parts of the body most commonly the hips, thighs and tummy. Other suitable areas include; the neck, arms, loins, neck, inner side of the knees and the ankles. Lipofilling (fat grafting) is the transfer of liposucked fat into another part of the body to improve contour and appearance. Lipomodelling is a refinement of liposuction using finer instruments with / without fat grafting to produce more subtle shape improvements. It is also used for treating lipomas (benign fat lumps) and in gynaecomastia (enlarged male breasts).

Procedure

There are various liposuction techniques available, but no single technique works for all patients but we tailor our technique to your needs. This is usually a day case surgery under general anaesthesia or local anaesthetic with sedation. A small incisions made in the skin through which a cannula (used for liposuction and transfers) is inserted and connected to an extraction device.

You will be discharged on analgesics with dressings review seven to ten days post-op. When large areas have been done, elasticated clothing or bandages will be applied to minimise swelling, discomfort, bruising and help the body conform to its new shape. These garments should be worn day and night (except when showering) for a minimum of two weeks.

If a small amount of fat is removed during an operation, you should be able to return to work within a few days but you may need extra time off if the liposuction was more extensive. The effects of the operation should be long-lasting, as long as your weight remains stable.

Complications

Complications are infrequent, although there can be considerable discomfort, particularly if a large amount of fat has been removed. Pain, bruising, swelling and numbness are normal consequences of liposuction and will usually settle within a few weeks. The following are commonly experienced by patients:

  • Infection
  • Haemorrhage (bleeding)
  • Seroma (fluid under the skin)
  • Lumpy appearance as remaining fat settles
  • Dimpling of skin and uneven surface contour
  • Over / Under correction (subjective judgment)
  • Unusual sensations
  • Fine thread veins
  • Alteration in skin pigmentation
  • Nerve damage (<1% risk of permanent numbness)
  • Reaction to medications
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Shock (rare, can occur in large volume liposuction)
  • Fat embolus (<0.1% risk) and blood clots
  • Perforation of organs
  • Abnormal scarring (Hypertrophic)
  • Death secondary to liposuction is a very rare event (<1 in 100,000)

Contact Us

If you require further information about any of our procedures, you can speak to a plastic surgeon:

Hull 01482 223 553
York 01904 820 449
Lincoln 01522 899 808
London 020 7205 4448

Procedure

OPERATION TIME
60 - 90 minutes

ANAESTHESIA TYPE
General (asleep)

LENGTH OF ADMISSION
1 Day

RECOVERY
1 - 2 Weeks

TYPES
Liposuction
Lipomodelling
Lipofilling

Post-Op &
Discharge
  • Analgesics
  • Garments
  • Dressing Check: 7-10 days