How does liposuction work?

Liposuction remains one of the most consistently popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the UK, because it so effective at removing stubborn deposits of fat that have proven resistant to healthy diet or a vigorous exercise routine.

In the hands of a skilled plastic surgeon, it’s possible to achieve a more defined and balanced shape, and risks are relatively rare. Liposuction can be performed on the tummy, buttocks, hips, flanks, thighs, back, under the chin and on the upper arms, chest and knees.

There are several different ways that liposuction works, depending on the approach used. During a traditional liposuction procedure, a thin tube known as cannula is inserted through tiny incisions into the treatment area. The cannula is used to loosen the fat cells before they are removed by a special suction device attached to the cannula. The small incisions are then closed.

One variation on this approach is the wet or tumescent technique. The surgeon will inject the area with a large volume of solution typically containing lidocaine which is a local anaesthetic and a capillary constrictor. The treatment area becomes swollen, and therefore it is easier to remove the fat cells. It also eliminates the need for a general anaesthetic and reduces blood loss as the capillaries are constricted.

How does microlipo work?

Micro cannula lipo or microliposuction is a minimally invasive technique, performed under a local anaesthetic, which involves very little downtime. During a microlipo procedure, very tiny cannulas are used to extract the fat, so it is particularly well suited to more delicate areas such as under the chin along the jawline and under the arms.

How does Vaser liposuction work?

Another approach is to use energy to assist in emulsifying the fat cells, thereby making them easier to remove. During a Vaser liposuction procedure, Dr Mooz will insert a probe into the incision that uses ultrasound energy to break up the fat cells so they can be removed with a controlled suction device, causing less trauma to the surrounding tissue than surgical lipo. It also stimulates collagen production so can tighten the overlying skin at the same time.

For more advice on lipo and Vaser liposuction works, call 020 3325 6540 to arrange a consultation.