Frequently Asked Questions
+ Am I likely to need repeat procedures to get the results I am looking for?
Most people find that one procedure is enough to give them the results they desire. It is worth noting that it is important to set realistic expectations from the start. Liposuction is not a miracle worker and it might take some time before the optimum results are visible – perhaps one year on from the procedure.
+ Is it really painful?
Liposuction impacts the deep tissue of your flesh and therefore requires local or general anaesthetic to avoid pain. The post-operative period can bring some pain or discomfort but this should steadily improve and can be treated with non-prescription pain killers. Anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen are usually recommended as they help to reduce swelling.
+ How long will it take until I can feel great in my bikini?
Everybody is different, and seeing the results that you were hoping for will depend upon the complexity of the operation. If you are looking for a finer body reshaping solution – where your flesh is exposed in say swimwear, it might be that you will need to wait a full year. Therefore it is ideal to consider this and plan your surgery accordingly. It might not be possible that if you have the procedure in April, you would be bikini-ready a few months later!
+ Will I be left with noticeable scarring?
Scarring is usually inevitable with any invasive treatment that pierces the skin. The punctures to the flesh during the liposuction procedure are very small but most patients will require some tiny stitches or clips to seal the wound. It is then dependent upon the individual’s own healing behaviour as to how well and quickly the wound heals. In the unlikely event of infection, a patient might experience greater scarring.
+ Is liposuction better than fat freezing?
Liposuction is a more established practice for fat reduction and flesh reshaping, whilst fat freezing is a relatively new method. For larger areas and more severe, complex cases, liposuction is possibly the better option because the areas can be accurately targeted by skilled surgeons and repeat procedures are not often required after final assessment. The fat freezing technique eliminates fat slowly over a period of weeks by the body’s own lymphatic drainage system and results are less predictable. There are advantages and disadvantages to both procedures and so it is best you discuss your situation and desired outcomes with a Juvea clinician.
+ What level of training does the clinician need to have, are they just well-trained beauticians?
It cannot be stressed enough that you thoroughly research the aesthetic practice and its individual surgeons. When it comes to your body, shopping around is more than just about cost and recovery. Any procedure carries an element of risk and your health and safety must always be the priority. So always ask to see certificates of training and indemnity insurance. At Juvea, all our clinicians are trained to high standard. This is the equivalent to university bachelors’ degree or masters’ degree. Furthermore, at Juvea we are leading the way in education, training and medical research. So you can be sure that you are dealing with first class professionals and medical standards.
+ Will the fat come back to the same area? I’ve heard that it can find its way to other parts of the body that did not normally store fat.
Areas treated by liposuction can still store some fat in future but due to the procedure it might not appear as before. Future weight gain through ageing, pregnancy, medical conditions or disability cannot be ruled out.
It is extremely rare for a “redistribution” of fat accumulation in areas that do not normally store fat. We have no recorded results of this at Juvea, but the ageing process, pregnancy and certain health conditions can affect the way a body stores fat. Your own health, your family health history and any other concerns will be discussed by our experts at the clinic.
+ Is liposuction better than body contouring?
The new technology for body contouring uses a combination of ultrasound and radio frequency, because of this, it offers the benefit of removing fat along with cellulite and even wrinkles or sagging skin. So, for some this is an ideal solution. But this is not always needed and may not be the right procedure for you. Only a full discussion with a qualified aesthetics clinician can tell you if body contouring would be better for you than liposuction.
+ What might be the most likely adverse reactions to the procedure?
Although not likely, poor healing or infection to the wound site are the typical problems, but these can happen to anyone, after any procedure. They are not unique to liposuction surgery. Risks of either of these could be increased due to poor hygiene or if your flesh or immunity is naturally prone to these. Allergic reactions to medications or dressings are a possibility but the risks are reduced by understanding patients’ health history prior to surgery.
+ Can I get back to normal straight after the procedure or will I need time off work?
The first 48 hours will require quality rest but not bed rest. It is recommended you book one week off work but if your job is sedate or you work at home the week after the procedure will mean no exercise, carrying or lifting. Exactly how much time off work will depend upon your job and how well your body usually heals. At your first post-operation consultation, you can discuss returning to exercise and increasing activity etc.
+ I am a 40 year old man and have been suffering from “manboobs” since my early twenties, would it suit me?
Liposuction can be offered for this condition but it might be that one of the other procedures such as body contouring, would be a better option. Call a Juvea consultant to discuss your situation and you can talk though the various procedures offered at our clinics. It might be that you will need to be examined before a final decision on the best treatment can be made.
+ Is liposuction for the body only?
Liposuction is appropriate for areas that hold a significant amount of fat. It is not usually conducted on the face, but if a patient has a problem with severe jowls or a “double chin” then liposuction can be offered. It is always recommended that you discuss this with an expert clinician as it might be that a different method of fat removal could provide a better solution. Fat freezing is a popular choice for this part of the face.
+ Where are you located?
We are based in the heart of the world renowned centre for medical excellence, Harley Street, London. Conveniently close to the shopping district of Oxford Street, No. 1 Harley street is also surrounded by a wide choice of hotels and restaurants should you wish to stay a while. Juvea Aesthetics is supported by great transport links into London via mainline trains, underground trains and the bus network.
+ Costs for liposuction?
Costs for liposuction vary. But the fee will depend upon the area(s) to be treated. Multiple areas can be more cost effective, but we advise that you contact a Juvea consultant to get a better idea of how much you will be charged.