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Liposuction

A sensible diet and regular exercise may not always shift stubborn areas of fat. One of the most popular ways to shift localised fat deposits that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods is liposuction, otherwise known as lipoplasty. Renewed confidence and a more acceptable body shape can result.

Liposuction works by removing excess fat tissue to help reshape the contours of the body, leading to a slimmer appearance. It is not appropriate to treat cellulite or obesity – in fact the best results are achieved when you are at your optimum weight. The procedure can help sculpt your body by removing unwanted fat from areas that may include the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and knees.

The procedure is performed under local or general anaesthetic. Your surgeon – who is among the most experienced at these procedures in the world – inserts a cannula (like a straw) into fatty tissue through a small incision in the skin. Fat is broken down by fluid and removed by suction over a period of between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on how much of the body is treated.

Liposuction can be performed alone, or at the same time as other procedures such as the tummy tuck. Depending on how much liposuction is performed, patients usually need a few days off work to recover. Scars are small and usually strategically placed in order to be hidden. You should notice a difference to your body shape soon after surgery. After three months, when all swelling has gone down, you will see the final contour of the “new you”.

Tummy tuck

Weight loss, ageing, lack of exercise and pregnancies can all take their toll on your figure. An abdominoplasty, or “tummy tuck”, is a popular surgical procedure that targets the problems that diet and exercise have failed to address. Like liposuction, it should not be seen as a weight loss procedure.

Most commonly performed under general anaesthetic, an abdominoplasty aims to create a flatter tummy and a slimmer waist by removing excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen. Sagging flesh is trimmed and abdominal muscles are tightened to create a younger, trimmer profile.

Of the two abdominoplasty procedures, the complete or full abdominoplasty involves repositioning the navel. The “mini” abdominoplasty does not. Neither is advised if you are planning to become pregnant in the near future.