The number of fat cells stays fairly constant after puberty but their size may change.
The fat cells act as fat stores and are therefore metabolically active. If you feed them they will increase in size, if you starve them they will reduce in size.
The more fat you remove from beneath the skin, the looser the skin will become. Imagine taking feathers out of a pillow; the effect is similar.
After liposuction, the treated area will swell a little and may take around 3 months to settle. This can be sped up with the use of light compression garments.
A detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential prior to undergoing any procedure of this nature. During the consultation, your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all), liposuction costs and expected outcomes.
Should liposuction be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by your surgeon in our operating theatre.
Your areas of concern are carefully identified and marked. Depending on the number of areas to be treated surgery may be performed under either a local or general anaesthetic. Following administration of the anaesthetic, fat is gently removed using a fine tube.
The procedure takes between one to three hours and, usually, you will be able to return home on the same day. Throughout the procedure, you will be looked after by our experienced and caring medical staff. On completion, you will be put into a compression garment that helps to reduce swelling and maintain shape. This garment needs to be worn for several weeks after surgery.
It is common to experience bruising, numbness, swelling and some minor leakage from the treated areas. Wearing the compression garment and undergoing lymphatic drainage treatments, such as LPG Endermologie Body, will speed up the settling process and ensure the best possible outcome.
Showering is permitted on the second day after surgery, with light exercise recommencing after a few days. Our highly experienced medical team is on hand around the clock to offer advice and address any concerns.
Once the healing process is complete, it is important to maintain a healthy weight through diet
and exercise to see long lasting results from the surgery.
This depends on the amount of fat removed and the quality of your skin. If you have wrinkly, sun-damaged skin then there will be little potential for the skin to shrink back. Skin-tightening may be done as a secondary procedure either with surgical removal or radio frequency tightening.
Liposuction does involve making very small incisions in the skin to allow the cannula to be carefully inserted into the fatty tissue which makes removal possible.
These incisions generally heal quite well and leave fine scars. Very occasionally they may heal to form a slightly lumpy scar that commonly settles over time.
Where possible, during the marking up procedure, the incisions are sited in skin creases or within areas covered by your underwear.
The treated area has to blend in with the rest of the body to look natural. When performing liposuction it is essential to leave enough fat behind to support the skin.
Non-surgical options for fat removal are also available at the Coppergate Clinic, and are provided
by our highly experienced therapists. These treatments include Coolsculpting, LPG Endermologie Body and Exilis Elite.
Application of either local or general anaesthetic at the treatment site ensures total comfort for the duration of the procedure
60 - 180 minutes
Following administration of the anaesthetic fat is gently removed using a fine tube
Once post-operative swelling has subsided, patients should expect to see a more sculpted, contoured appearance at the treatment site
It is common to experience bruising, numbness, swelling and some minor leakage from the treated areas. Showering is permitted on the second day after surgery, with light exercise recommencing after a few days
Whilst excess fat is permanently removed, once the healing process is complete, it is important to maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise to see long lasting results from the surgery.
Minor Body LiposuctionFrom £2,495