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Fat Removal Surgery Liposuction
Fat Removal Surgery Liposuction
Fat Removal Surgery Liposuction
Fat Removal Surgery Liposuction
Fat Removal Surgery Liposuction

Fat Removal Surgery (Liposuction)

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Duration Duration
30 mins - 2 hours
Anaesthesia Anaesthesia
General anaesthetic or Local anaesthetic with sedation
Hospital stay Hospital Stay
Day case but can stay overnight if preferred
Downtime Downtime
1 week
Results Final Result
6 - 9 months
Suitable for Addresses
Men and Women
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Liposuction or fat removal surgery is also known as Liposculpture/Lipoplasty. Essentially Liposuction is the targeted removal of fatty deposits with the use of cannulae and a vacuum. It can be performed on men and women and virtually anywhere on the body, including the face.

Common areas for liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, knees and chin. It is sometimes performed to complement other surgical procedures such as Neck Lifts, Tummy Tucks and Gynaecomastia (which is the build-up of fat tissues in the male chest) and remains the most effective method for removing fat cells in certain areas. There are different methods used including the Tumescent Technique, Ultrasonic liposuction, Power Assisted Lipoplasty (PAL) and SmartLipo TM the type of procedure most effective for you will be discussed with Mr Karidis at consultation.

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Top 5 FAQs for Fat Removal Surgery (Liposuction)

Am I suitable for Liposuction?
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Only a consultation will be able to determine if you are an acceptable candidate for a liposuction procedure. Determining your suitability will partly be defined by the quality of your skin and of course the amount of fat present. Ideally you need good skin elasticity for this to work. In most cases, as the skin is a dynamic organ, it is able to shrink and accommodate to the new body contour after liposuction. In some patients however there may be reduced skin elasticity suggested by loose, hanging, or crepey skin. In these cases liposuction alone will not produce the desired result and you may therefore require some form of skin removal/reduction instead (i.e. tummy tuck) and or perhaps in combination with liposuction. It’s also important to keep in mind that the best patients for liposuction are those individuals who are active and healthy, of average or near average weight (within 10-15% of their ideal weight. Age on its own is not enough of a determining factor to say whether you are suitable or not, and in fact any number of patients from age 16 -65 can benefit from liposuction. You should also understand that liposuction by itself will not improve the dimpled skin condition known as cellulite.

What is Lipoplasty using Liposuction?
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Liposuction or Suction assisted Lipoplasty (SAL) as it’s technically called, is the removal of localised unwanted lumps and bulges of fat by the use of thin straw like metal tubes, called cannulaes. In women and men, these localised fat deposits may be formed virtually anywhere on the body but are more commonly deposited on the abdomen, hips, flanks, inner and outer thighs, knees and chin. In men a condition called gynaecomastia (localised fatty breast enlargement -see below) is commonly encountered. These cannulaes are placed into the body fat through small incisions. A vacuum is subsequently applied through a small hose attached to the cannula and the fat is drawn out of the body. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss and exercise, but a means of re-sculpting the body into a slimmer profile by removing the fat not responsive to the most diligent efforts. This is the most widely available method for removing fat cells in certain areas.

What is Tumescent Lipoplasty?
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One of the most significant developments in liposuction has probably been the development of the Tumescent Technique, devised by Dr. Klein in the United States over 30 years ago. The tumescent technique of liposuction involves the injection of relatively large volumes of a saline solution containing dilute local anaesthesia and adrenaline (called Tumescent solution) into the fatty tissues, thus forming a safety cushion on which the cannulas can slide. More importantly, these elements contribute to the loosening of bonds between the fatty cells, thereby facilitating their removal. As a result of the adrenaline there is a decrease in the bleeding from blood vessels thus allowing us to remove larger quantities of fat more safely. Less bleeding also means less bruising. The infiltration of large volumes of dilute anaesthesia also allows the procedure to be performed under local anaesthesia with or without sedation if desired.

What does the operation entail?
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To begin the operation a number of tiny incisions (about 3-4 mm) are made in the skin in the areas to be treated. These slit incisions are made, when possible in inconspicuous places. Subsequently the areas are injected with the Tumescent solution mentioned previously. The solution is then allowed to diffuse and take effect (about 10-15 mins) throughout the target fat. As mentioned the solution will numb the areas as well as reduce bleeding by temporarily closing down the capillaries. The appropriate cannulaes are then inserted into the fat. Through back and forth movements of the cannulaes, the fat is loosened and drawn off by a strong vacuum pump. Since the fat is removed by suctioning small 'tunnels' through the fat, the skin remains intimately connected to the underlying muscles by multiple attachments called fibrous septa. These can be described as being the body's 'Velcro'. It is this process and these structures, which assures us that the skin will not hang in loose folds after Liposuction. The fat is removed by doing little damage to the fibrous septa, which importantly also contains blood vessels, nerves and lymph vessels. For this fat to be removed without serious damage requires an excellent knowledge of the anatomy, an appreciation of body proportions and of course, surgical and mental stamina. Throughout this procedure Mr. Karidis is always conscious of leaving a smooth layered thin blanket of fat attached to the underside of the skin, in order to minimise the possibility of any irregularities or rippling of the skin.

What type of Liposuction does Mr Karidis use?
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Mr. Karidis has been one of the pioneers in the UK in the use of the Power Assisted Lipoplasty technique (PAL) and has been using it with great success for over 15 years. Mr. Karidis feels that this is the gold standard in the field of Liposuction as it offers consistent results in his hands whilst reducing the possibility of side effects. He also feels that this is the technique by which all other lipoplasty devices should be judged. He is therefore happy to continue to offer this routinely to all his patients.

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Tips from the Top

  • Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    "Taking arnica tablets can really help reduce bruising following surgery."

    Karolina

    SENIOR NURSE PRACTITIONER KAROLINA SAYS...

    Taking arnica tablets can really help reduce bruising following surgery.

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    A balanced healthy diet, rich in protein will help you heal from surgery - try drinking a fresh green juice every morning

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Write down any questions and take them into your consultation with Mr Karidis – that way you won’t forget anything

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Prepare your body for surgery by keeping it soft and supple by moisturising skin twice daily (avoid vitamin E containing products)

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation "

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Always wear sun block (SPF 50+) over surgery scars to stop pigmentation

  • Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    "Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal"

    Suzi

    SENIOR NURSE SUZI SAYS...

    Stock up on comfy lounge wear for after your surgery – front opening tops are ideal

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"A seven week recovery journey with a couple of little detours, but navigated with care by Mr Karidis, Suzi & Martina. Explanations, reassurance & advice given from first consultation, day of operation, day one post op. and at all subsequent clinic visits, along with a good dose of friendly chit chat & laughter, (Always a good medicine!). Thank you Mr Karidis & team. No regrets here."

"I was very happy with my treatment experience. Mr Karidis , staff and facilities were excellent. I am very pleased with the results and would not hesitate to recommend Mr Karidis and his clinic."

"I am only three days into the recovery of my gynecomastia procedure, and already it has changed my life. I travelled from Cardiff to London to have this procedure and it was by far cheaper than having it done in my local area. Furthermore, Karidis' reputation exceeds expectations. I look forward to my follow up consultation so Karidis can see how he has changed my life. Communication from Karidis and his team - 5 star Professionalism - 5 star Results - 5 star."

Brilliant consultation... I was very impressed with my consultation with Mr Karidis. Mr Karidis made me feel very comfortable and answered all my questions.

Outstanding in every way This is my second breast augmentation with Mr Karidis - my first experience was amazing as were the results! Second time around and once again my experience was faultless. The whole team are amazing from front of desk and Rose, to the lovely nurses pre and post-op! The after care given, which is also important, is second to none and I cannot recommend Mr Karidis enough. Thank you so much for all you have done for me and giving me back my confidence!

"My entire experience for an abdominoplasty and breast augmentation operation was faultless from a professional and caring team. I cannot recommend Mr Karidis enough from the consultation, in establishing what I wanted, to his skilled work. I am absolutely delighted with the results."

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