Welcome to York Plastic Surgery, one of Yorkshire's leading clinics providing cosmetic, plastic surgery including liposuction and liposculpture.

All our cosmetic surgery is performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 10 years experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to women and men of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his team at The Nuffield Health York Hospital, York's premier private hospital. So you can rest assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure to remove excess fat and reshape your body. It is used most commonly to remove fat from the abdomen, hips and buttocks and may be combined with other surgery to help get the best results.



Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

You would benefit from liposuction if you have stubborn pockets of fat that wont shift with diet and exercise. It is not designed for quick weight loss.

What is lipoabdominoplasty?

This procedure combines the benefits of liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) to sculpt and improve the result. Lipoabdominoplasty enables us to remove more fat and is particularly useful in people with excess fat in the hip/flank area ('love handles') or in those who find it difficult to lose weight before surgery.

What is body contouring?

Body contouring involves a combination of liposuction and skin/fat reduction for people with more excess, such as after massive weight loss. This is often combined with improvement in other areas, such as breast, arm or thigh reduction.



What happens before my liposuction?

During your first appointment you will be assessed and advised by a UK-trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. This assessment includes taking a full medical history and examining you in the company of one of our nurses. Next we will discuss the result you are hoping for and whether liposuction is the best way to achieve this. We will go through what liposuction involves, including the potential risks and complications. Following this we will give you further information, to help you decide if this is the right choice for you, and plan a second appointment, to give you a chance to ask any further questions and prepare you for surgery.



What does liposuction involve?

The operation is usually performed with you asleep (general anaesthetic) but awake surgery (under local anaesthetic with sedation) is available. First, the areas to be treated are infiltrated with fluid to give you pain relief afterwards and reduce bruising. Small (3-5mm) incisions are made to allow insertion of the thin liposuction cannulae. Suction is applied to the cannulae to remove fat quickly and effectively.

Are there different types of liposuction?

Over the last decade liposuction has developed from manual suction using syringes to power-assisted liposuction. New power-assisted liposuction (PAL) helps remove fat more efficiently. The benefits of other techniques, such as VASER and LASER liposuction (Smart lipo) are not yet proven.

What happens after my liposuction?

When you wake after surgery, you will have a drip and pain relief. The small wounds are closed with dissolving stitches and covered with shower-proof dressings. Most people go home the day after liposuction but same day discharge is available. You can expect some swelling and tenderness for a few weeks. We usually advise tight lycra garments to help swelling settle more quickly. You can usually return to work and other activities 1-2 weeks later, depending on you and your work and activities. You should rest from the gym for about 4-6 weeks. The short scars are usually well hidden and may take 3-6 months to settle down.

What are the downsides to liposuction?

There is no such thing as risk-free surgery and liposuction is no different. It is important to balance the risks and benefits for you. Potential complications include problems with the anaesthetic (your anaesthetist will talk to you about these), blood clots (deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolus), bleeding, wound infection, slow wound healing, skin tethering, under correction, overcorrection, contour irregularities and persistent swelling. Perforation is a rare complication of liposuction.

How can I minimise my risks?

Research suggests that non-smokers have fewer problems after surgery. We would strongly encourage you to stop smoking before your abdominoplasty. If you use nicotine patches, stop these four weeks before your operation. If you are overweight, a weight loss and exercise programme may be helpful before your operation.

Are there any alternatives to liposuction?

Weight loss and exercise can improve abdominal shape and contour instead of or as well as liposuction. Liposuction can be done at the same time as abdominoplasty and other surgery to improve the final result.

Paying for treatment

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