Liposuction and Body Sculpting in the UK

Definition of Lipo Surgery

Body sculpting is a cosmetic surgery procedure, and is a body reshaping technique that works by selectively removing subdermal fat.  It is one of the most commonly requested aesthetic procedures in the United Kingdom.

The body typically stores fat unevenly.  In women, fat is likely to accumulate disproportionately around the hips and thighs, and in men around the abdomen.  Liposculpture can be used to debulk, and balance fat distributions to achieve a more proportional and attractive silhouette.  It can also be used to improve the definition of subdermal muscles.

Other areas commonly treated include the neck, arms, tummy, flanks, back, loins, thighs, inner side of the knees and the ankles. In men, fatty deposits can also develop under the nipples and begin to look like breasts (gynaecomastia).

Body sculpting, also referred to as liposculpture, liposuction, lipectomy, or colloquially simply as lipo, is rarely a medical necessity.  However, some individuals can be adversely affected by the perceptions of others.  This real cultural bias can have a cascade effect on professional success, as well as personal health and mental wellbeing.

The success of a body sculpting procedure depends on provide both a safe medical result as well as a good aesthetic one.  For this, it is important that patients select doctors who have both top medical credentials, as well as a history of verifiable cosmetic success.  It is also essential that patients considering liposuction have realistic expectations, and understand what can be reasonably achieved.  The best results will be achieved by patients in good health with reasonable skin elasticity (needed for retraction), and good underlying muscle tone. 

The goal of the British Association of Body Sculpting is to standardize and to develop best practices in liposculpture by building on the substantive joint experience of surgeons working in this field.  The association has been established to agree and document best practices in pre-operative consultation and evaluation, medically safe and effective procedures in the operating theatre, and post-operative care. 

This website is intended to help patients, medical regulatory authorities, insurers, lawyers, and legislators to understand body sculpting, and to be the most authoritative source of information about best practices in the UK.  It can also be used by patients to find and select surgeons who have demonstrated a minimum level of experience, as well as adherence to the best practices defined by this association’s efforts.


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