Liposuction Surgery FAQs

Liposuction Surgery FAQs

Am I too big to have liposuction?

It is important to understand that liposuction is not a type of weight loss surgery. Removing too much excess fat through liposuction for weight loss purposes can lead to serious complications. The aim of liposuction is to remove stubborn fat that exercise and diet alone cannot shift. We therefore strongly recommend that you reach a stable weight before you have liposuction. Weight fluctuations after surgery could affect the results negatively.

Typically it is recommended that surgeons do not operate on patients if they have a BMI (Body Mass Index) greater than 30, this is due to safety reasons but also the surgeon may have better control of the results when a patient's BMI is within the range set.

How much fat can be removed during liposuction?

Your surgeon can safely remove up to 5 litres of fat during the liposuction procedure. Do discuss with your surgeon what's possible for you and your needs as fat removal possibilities will vary from patient to patient.

Do I need a GP referral for liposuction surgery?

Your surgeon will not require you to provide a GP referral in order to have liposuction. They may, however, contact your GP practice to get a record of your medical history. This will help clarify if you are fit for surgery.

It's important to note that certain medical conditions may need to be signed off by a GP before you're able to have surgery. Your Patient Care Adviser will let you know if this applies to you

Are the results of liposuction permanent?

The results of your liposuction should last a significant length of time as long as your weight remains stable. Any weight fluctuations following the procedure can result in changes to results, so it's important to note that results are not permanent, but living a healthy lifestyle can prolong the effects of the liposuction surgery.

Published: Thursday 30 December 2021

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