Body sculpting and liposculpture

Liposculpture takes the established technique of liposuction to a more sophisticated level. The overall aim is to sculpt the body to produce a body contour that the patient desires. Fat that has been removed can be used elsewhere in the body as a natural filler material if required. 

Who can benefit from liposculpture?

Body shape does have a great deal to do with your lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy diet, doing regular exercise and staying fit can help to keep your weight and body mass index (BMI) within normal limits.

As we get older, some people find they develop deposits of fatty tissue that are difficult to shift or change even with dedicated exercise.

This fat does not disappear if you lose weight. Women in particular may find they have unsightly fatty areas on the hips and thighs, around the waist, or in the upper arms even though they are otherwise slim and active.

The pattern of these fat deposits is determined largely by genetics and the only way to change the body shape is through liposculpture. The fat is physically suctioned out of the problem areas, re-sculpting the body’s outline.

Once liposuction is complete, the results are long-lasting. Fat removed from these areas rarely comes back.

Preparing for liposculpture

All cosmetic surgery at The London Clinic is undertaken after detailed consultations with each patient. We take your full medical history and you will have a clinical examination to make sure there are no medical problems that will make liposculpture unsuitable for you.

It is also important to discuss exactly what you want to achieve and to make sure your expectations are realistic. Your consultant will explain what is possible and what to expect.

It is also important to prepare for liposculpture by:

  • Having treatments to make sure the skin is in the best condition: such as sessions of skin tonic massage with lymphatic drainage.
  • Having a test for MRSA: this is standard for all our surgical patients. If you test positive, the bacteria pose you no threat now, but could cause a deep-seated infection that is difficult to treat if they gain access to your body through an incision. Treatment for the MRSA will commence and your liposculpture will be postponed until you are clear of the bacteria.
  • Not smoking: it is necessary to give up smoking several weeks before any surgery as smoking interferes with the healing process.
  • Becoming as healthy as possible: follow a good diet with plenty of fresh food, vegetables and fruit. Drink more water and less alcohol and get more exercise to tone your muscles.
  • Stopping aspirin a few days before: some people take regular doses of aspirin to reduce cardiovascular risk. Aspirin increases bleeding and it is best to stop it around the time of your liposculpture.

What does liposculpture involve?

The liposuction used to remodel body shape involves introducing fine hollow metal tubes into the fatty tissue using very small incisions. These usually leave no noticeable scars as they are carefully placed within natural skin folds. The tubes are moved into position and suction is used to remove fatty material.

Several techniques can be used such as injecting a saline solution containing adrenaline into the fat first. This makes removing the fat easier and it reduces bleeding.

Our consultants at The Clinic have access to two ultrasonic liposuction machines, which use ultrasound delivered via fine tubes to break up and liquefy the fat to make it easier to remove.

If your liposculpture is extensive you may need a general anaesthetic however, the liposuction can be done during the day and you will be able to go home that same night.

If your treatment only includes one specific area, this is usually done with a local anaesthetic only.

Recovering from liposculpture

You will feel bruised and sore and the bruising and swelling will start to reduce in two to three weeks. It is normal to have some pain and we will advise you on pain relief.

In order to obtain the best results, you will need to wear an elastic body stocking for about six weeks and we recommend lower leg stockings to prevent deep vein thrombosis during the first ten days, or until you are fully mobile again.
Your consultant will see you again two weeks after your liposculpture to remove stitches and to check all is well.
You will also have 24 hour a day access to advice from your consultant or a specialist nurse from the plastic surgery floor at The London Clinic.

Liposculpture and reconstructive surgery

One of the advantages of having any cosmetic procedure at The London Clinic is that the surgeon treating you is very experienced, not only in cosmetic surgery but in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Liposculpture can be enormously helpful in reconstructive surgery where fat taken from elsewhere in the body has been injected under a tissue flap to shape the reconstructive breast of a woman following her mastectomy.

Fat obtained by liposuction can be used to to attain a better body shape in patients who need abdominal wall reconstruction after they have had surgery for bowel cancer or gynaecological cancer. This can leave a distressing scar and we can improve its appearance dramatically by using the patient’s own excess fat.