Liposuction is the technique of removing unwanted fat from different areas of the body through the use of cannulas.  The procedure is one of the most common procedures. It is done to remove stubborn areas not improving with diet alone, or part of fat grafting (liposculture). The most frequent areas for liposuction are the abdomen (tummy), the flanks (love handles) and the outer thighs (saddle bags). Liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthetic depending on the area. 


 Duration – 1 Hours

 Hospital stay – Daycase

 Costs – from £3499

 Return to work – 1 week

 Location – London, Birmingham, Manchester, Beirut, Doha

Frequently Asked Questions

How is liposuction performed?

Liposuction is performed under local or general anaesthetic. The first step is to infiltrate a wetting solution containing local anaesthetic and adrenaline into the treatment area.  This will help with blood loss and ensuring you are comfortable during and after the procedure.  A small entry port is made through a cannula is introduced.  The cannula is then connected to a vacuum to provide suction.  The fat is sucked through the cannula into the vacuum bottle.  The fat is then either discarded or processed to be re-injected into other areas as part of a liposculpture procedure. 

How much fat can be removed?

That very much depends on several factors and requires careful consideration. Even though it is very tempting to remove “as much as possible”, there are safety concerns to be taken into account. Dr Souéid will discuss these in detail as part of the consultation. Removing too much fat too quickly can lead to dangerous fluid shits, more visible irregularities, and more likely to have redundant skin that cannot shrink. 

What is the aftercare after liposuction?

It is very important to keep mobile after the procedure to prevent post-operative complications. You should also wear the provided pressure garment as this is specially designed to maintain a uniform pressure to prevent fluid collection and irregularities. We recommend using a firming cream as well to help the skin regain its health quicker. A healthy balanced diet is essential afterwards to maintain the result and provide you with the vitamins you need to recover.

What are the risks of liposuction?

Liposuction is considered to be a safe procedure when performed by a fully trained surgeon that is a BAPRAS or BAAPS member.  Complications are rare but can occur, they may include:


The entry ports will leave small scars around 5mm long or less. 

Contour Irregularities and Asymmetry

There may be areas of irregularity or minor differences between two sides. Skin that is loose or has poor elasticity will not shrink as much as good skin, resulting in a more saggy appearance after treatment. A strict post-operative regime helps to achieve better results. 


Blood and fat clots travelling in the blood stream, also known as emboli. If they reach the lung they can cause a pulmonary embolus.

Organ Injury

Cannulas are rigid instruments and there are reported cases of injury to organs in the abdomen (organ perforation).  This is potentially life threatening.

Will the treated areas come back?

If you put on weight then the remaining fat cells may increase in size. 


This a collection of fluid that can form. It usually settles alone, but sometimes needs aspiration. 


It is very unlikely to suffer from a decreased sensation of the skin afterwards, however if you do most likely this will be temporary. 

Fat necrosis

Fat can sometimes clump together and form hard lumps under the skin. Most of the time that settles spontaneously.