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Procedure time

60 to 180 minutes

Overnight stay

Day case or one night


General anaesthetic or local anaesthetic with sedation

Final results

6 months

Liposuction overview

What is liposuction?

Liposuction, lipoplasty, or ‘lipo’, is a surgical procedure that removes stubborn pockets of fat from the body. It can be used on different parts of the body and is currently one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the UK. It is important to have a good understanding of liposuction before you have it done. This liposuction overview will introduce you to the procedure.

What can liposuction achieve?

Certain areas of body fat can be hard to get rid of despite our best efforts. If you are finding that regular exercise and diet is not allowing you to shift this fat, then you may benefit from liposuction.
Liposuction is most effective on people who are at a stable weight and have firm yet elastic skin. It can help:

  • Remove excess fat
  • Countour parts of the body to create a more shapely figure
  • Re-distribute fat from one part of the body to another
  • Make the overall appearance of the body more proportionate.

Which areas of the body can be treated with Liposuction?

Some areas of the body are not suitable for liposuction due to the risk of complications or contour irregularities. However, it may be possible to use liposuction in the surrounding area to enhance that part of the body.
Your surgeon can perform liposuction on a number of different body areas that include:
Liposuction overview that shows different areas that can be treated with lipo.

  • Chin
  • Neck
  • Jowls
  • Arms
  • Breasts
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Waist
  • Back
  • Flanks
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Inner side of the knees
  • Calves
  • Ankles

Liposuction is often performed alongside other cosmetic procedures such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction, and arm or thigh lift.


When considering having cosmetic surgery, you should make sure that you choose your surgeon carefully. It is important to choose a surgeon that is qualified and highly experienced. In the UK, the leading associations for plastic surgeons are BAAPS and BAPRAS. These stand for The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and The British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). All Medbelle surgeons are members of either BAAPS, BAPRAS or both. Choosing a Medbelle surgeon will ensure you are in the safest hands for your treatment.

Surgery results and benefits vary per individual.
Specific results cannot be guaranteed.