Liposuction is a surgical procedure to sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat. It is mainly used on the areas you can see to the right - where fat is typically stored and is difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure designed to target and remove stubborn areas of fat in your body. There are a couple of different types of liposuction depending on your needs. It is worth bearing in mind that no type of liposuction is a substitute for a good diet and exercise. Liposuction is designed to remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.

Liposuction (the traditional method) is performed using a probe that detaches the fat from the surrounding tissues before sucking it out of the body. Unfortunately this can result in a lot of downtime, so it's not something we recommend at Zenith.

Vaser Liposuction is a less invasive method than traditional liposuction because it uses ultrasound to break down the fat cells without damaging the surrounding tissue, before removing it from the body with suction.

BodyTite is our preferred option for many people. It is even less invasive than Vaser and can be performed by Doctor Maini at the Nottingham Clinic in a couple of hours. It is also performed under local anaesthetic, so there's less recovery time needed.

Laser Lipolysis (Advanced or SmartLipo) are also options but in our opinion these are only effective for very small areas of the body and tend to lack the power needed for larger areas. This makes the procedure much longer than necessary. Vaser and BodyTite tend to be better options for most people.

If you are considering a Liposuction procedure, we highly recommend coming to talk to Doctor Maini during a free consultation where he can discuss all of the different options available to you.

This page will now focus on the Surgical Procedure, Vaser Liposuction. You can view more information on BodyTite here.

What is Vaser Liposuction used for?

To remove stubborn pockets of fat from areas such as the chest, upper arms, abdomen, flanks, hips, bottom and thighs.

Who is the treatment suitable for?

You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Older patients may have reduced skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.

Before your procedure

Before your surgery, you will be assigned your own personal patient coordinator who will be your point of contact throughout your journey with Zenith. You will also meet with your surgeon and discuss at length the results you would like to achieve, and any other concerns you may have. Our surgeon and the clinical team at Zenith will make sure you feel totally comfortable before going ahead with the surgery.

Your surgeon and Patient Coordinator will explain the risks and complications that can arise from having liposuction and it is important that you ask as many questions as possible to make sure you are fully informed. The consultation will also include an examination where the surgeon will need to assess you to be able to advise if you are suitable for the procedure. They will then be able to confirm what they will try to do to give you the results you are hoping to achieve.

Once you are happy with all the information that you have been provided with, we can then begin to plan your procedure.

You will need to attend a pre-operative assessment between 2-5 weeks prior to your surgery. This is where you will come and meet either our senior nurse or doctor and they will go though your medical history, take your measurements - (height, weight, BMI), and perform a blood and MRSA test to ensure you are fit for surgery.

At Zenith Cosmetic Clinics, our patients are at the heart of everything we do. Having a surgical procedure is an extremely personal choice and only you can make the decision to go ahead. We encourage you to take away all of the information, digest it and spend some time really thinking about whether you want to go ahead with the procedure. We are there at every step to answer your questions and offer advice - we want you to be happy with your decision and delighted with your results!

It is compulsory for all patients who smoke to stop at least four weeks before and four weeks after surgery.

What happens during the procedure?

Vaser liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic which allows the surgeon to tackle multiple problem areas in one procedure. Your surgeon will make very small entry holes into the area that is being treated, and will then pump the area with a solution that contains anaesthetic and adrenaline. The anaesthetic will numb the area to make you more comfortable when you wake up, while the adrenaline will help to reduce the bleeding.

The Vaser cannula will then be inserted through the same holes. High frequency waves are transmitted through the cannula into the area being treated to liquefy the fat. This is then removed from your body using suction.

What are the side effects or risks?

Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured. Talk to your surgeon if any of these apply to you.

Common side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Burns (rare)
  • Infection
  • Complications from the anaesthetic

What results can I typically expect?

Before your procedure, we will set realistic expectations for your surgery. Vaser liposuction has a very high patient satisfaction rate, but you must bear in mind that your results will not be long lasting unless you continue to lead a healthy lifestyle post-procedure.


  • You will need between seven and 10 days off work for recovery.
  • You will need to wear a compression garment for at least six weeks after your procedure.
  • No exercise or strenuous activities for six weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe?

VASER liposuction is considered very safe. The risk of complications is low and patient satisfaction rate is high.

I am overweight. Is VASER liposuction an option for me?

No. VASER (or any type of liposuction), works best on patients that are a healthy weight; to get rid of the pockets of fat they struggle to lose through diet and exercise. Lose the weight first, then consider surgical options if necessary.

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