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After going through pregnancy and having children, it is normal for the body to change in more than one place. Some women find they are able to return to their pre-baby body much easier than others. However, many women find that they are still unhappy with their bodies even after following a healthy diet and exercise regime. If there are multiple areas of your body which you are unhappy with and would like to improve, you may be interested in undergoing a mummy makeover. 

What is a mummy makeover? 

A mummy makeover is a combination of cosmetic surgery procedures which aim to improve a woman’s body. This is generally aimed at women who have undergone childbirth, however, it also may be suitable for those who have had a large weight loss.  While many women will be able to lose their pregnancy weight through diet and exercise, this will not help to fix any loose skin. 

There are many surgeries which can be offered as part of a mummy makeover; the exact surgeries will vary from each woman. Surgeries which are offered as part of a mummy makeover include:

Breast augmentation: this allows women to expand the size of the breasts. After breastfeeding, women may find their breasts are now smaller. Breast augmentation can be done by using implants or by undergoing a fat transfer to the breasts. 

Breast lift: as a result of milk production, the breasts will expand and contract, altering the size of the breasts and often leaving them saggier than previously. A lift removes excess skin and lifts the position of the breasts. Many women will wish to combine this with a breast augmentation, so the position can be lifted and the size can be increased. 

Tummy tuck: after pregnancy, many women will notice they have excess skin around the abdomen as a result of weight loss. No matter how much exercise you do, this will not fix the excess skin. A tummy tuck will remove the excess skin and tighten the abdominal muscles. If you do not have as much excess skin you may be eligible for a mini tummy tuck rather than a full tummy tuck. This will mean you will have a shorter incision and will decrease your recovery period. A tummy tuck can also be combined with liposuction if necessary. 

Liposuction: liposuction removes excess pockets of fat from various areas of the body. This can include the abdomen, hips, flanks, buttocks, thighs and arms, to name a few. For a mummy makeover, liposuction can be combined with a tummy tuck to improve the appearance of the abdomen.

Vaginoplasty or labiaplasty: after childbirth, the vagina will often change in appearance, with the vagina and the labia becoming stretched. This can often cause discomfort when wearing certain clothing or when engaging in sexual activities. As a result, women may wish to undergo either a vaginoplasty or a labiaplasty. The vaginoplasty focuses on tightening and strengthening the internal genitalia, while a labiaplasty will remove excess skin from the labia minora. 


Can I have a mummy makeover? 

You will eligible for a mummy makeover if you have recently had children and you are now wishing to alter several different areas of your body. If you are only wishing to alter one area, you will not need to undergo a mummy makeover. 

You will need to be in good health to undergo this procedure. You will need to either be a non-smoker or be able to stop smoking prior to the procedure as well as during the recovery period. 

It is important to remember that you will not be able to have a mummy makeover right after you have had children. At this stage, your body will still be changing and readjusting. Having surgery too soon after having children can often be dangerous. You will need to wait at least six months after having your child before considering undergoing a mummy makeover.

You will need to be at or as close as possible to your ideal weight. If you are having a tummy tuck and you proceed to lose a large amount of weight, this may result in you needing to undergo further surgical procedures.

Ideally, you will have finished having children. Having more children can alter the outcome of your initial surgery and may result in you having to undergo a mummy makeover again. 

You need to not only think about the procedure but also think about the recovery period. You will need to make sure you can take enough time off work to recover from the invasive surgery. While recovering from a tummy tuck you will not be able to partake in any vigorous exercise, including any heavy lifting. As such you will not be able to lift any young children. You will have to factor in how your young children are going to be fully cared for while you recover.


What will the recovery period be like? 

The recovery period will vary slightly depending on which combination of surgeries you undertook. However, because a mummy makeover includes a combination of surgeries, the recovery period is particularly extensive.

You may wish to ensure you have assistance for the first couple of weeks; during this time you will need to get lots of bed rest. You will have to avoid sleeping on your stomach in order to avoid any wound complications. Make sure to keep your head more elevated than usual. 

You will have to wear compression garments throughout the recovery period. This will help to reduce swelling and avoid fluid build up. 

Remember that you may have swelling for a few months, which will impact how your results will look. After the swelling subsides, you will be able to notice the final results of your mummy makeover.

Are you interested in a mummy makeover? Contact London Lipo Institute for more information or to book a consultation. 

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Blog, Cosmetic surgery

When you’re researching plastic surgery, one of the biggest decisions you will have to make is which surgeon is going to perform your surgery. This decision can often not be as easy as it sounds. 

So what do you need to do to ensure you choose the best plastic surgeon? 


1. Make sure they are registered 

You will want to make sure you are going to a legitimate plastic surgeon. If you are looking within the U.K., you will need to make sure the surgeon is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). 

You not only need to check the registration of the surgeon but the clinic they work for as well. The clinic will need to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC). This is an independent body which regulates the health services in England. 

You should be able to find evidence of the surgeon and clinic being registered online. However, you should feel comfortable asking the surgeon to provide proof of this registration. 

To receive the best quality surgery, it is recommended you avoid going to a surgeon and clinic who is not registered. 


2. Research the surgeon 

Before meeting the surgeon, do a bit of research on them. By searching their name you may be able to find their personal website or social media accounts. Some may list their education and/or employment history. This will give you a good idea of where they received their qualifications from and how long they have been performing surgeries. 

You may also be able to find reviews of the surgeon and the clinic, which will help you to get a good understanding of the experiences other patients have had with this particular surgeon.


3. Make sure they have experience in the area of your procedure

So you’ve found out the surgeon is registered and they’ve been working in the cosmetic surgery field for years. But have they actually been performing your surgery? Many cosmetic surgeons will have specialities and won’t perform every surgery. For example, some may perform breast surgeries, but will not perform facial surgeries. See if any of the reviews are for the surgery which you are having. During your consultation, you may also wish to ask your surgeon how many times they have performed your particular surgery. Even if they have amazing reviews and many years of experience, you may not feel comfortable going to a surgeon who has never performed your procedure. 


4. Make sure you are comfortable around them

Once you’ve done your research it’s time to book in for a consultation. This will give you the opportunity to meet with the surgeon and ask any questions you have about the surgeon and the procedure. Take note of how you feel during and after the consultation. Some surgeons may have a very quick consultation and won’t take into consideration any of your questions or concerns. 

If you feel uncomfortable around the surgeon or feel like they haven’t answered all of your questions, you are under no obligation to go ahead with surgery. You may wish to attend consultations with several clinics and surgeons. This will allow you to compare surgeons and see who you feel most comfortable with. 


5. Do you trust the rest of the staff?

Don’t just take note of how you feel with the surgeon; notice how the rest of the staff acts as well. Chances are you will have to communicate with people other than the surgeon. You will generally have to deal with nurses, receptionists or patient consultants. These staff members are the ones who will be able to book in future appointments for you and will help you throughout your recovery period. If you are having issues with any of the other staff, you may wish to go to another clinic. 

Following these tips will ensure you get the best plastic surgeon and achieve the best possible outcome.

If you are interested in a cosmetic surgery procedure, contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation. 

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Blog, Liposuction
Booking your liposuction procedure can be exciting. Everyone wants to ensure their procedure and recovery period will go as smoothly as possible. The key to this is to ensure you are fully prepared prior to having liposuction. 

So how do you prepare for liposuction? 

1. Be honest during your consultation 

Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, you will be required to have a consultation with the surgeon who will perform your procedure. This will give the surgeon the chance to see if you are an eligible candidate for surgery. You will also be able to ask any questions you have about the procedure so you feel comfortable before having surgery. 

During the consultation, it is important that you are completely honest about your medical history. The surgeon will need to know about any previous surgeries, any allergies you have, any medication you are currently taking. Not disclosing any of this information can be potentially dangerous. Some medication or health conditions may interfere with the surgery, the anaesthetic or medication you are given after the procedure. To avoid any problems, it is best to be completely honest with your surgeon from the start.


2. Stop certain medications 

Your surgeon may advise you to stop taking particular medications before and after having liposuction. This includes medication such as aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements. Some medications can interfere with the anaesthetic or any medications you are given after the procedure. 

Your surgeon will be able to advise you how long in advance you will have to stop taking any medication, and when you can resume taking it.


3. Stop smoking

As well as stopping any medications, you will also have to stop smoking. Smoking can have a negative impact on cosmetic surgery. Smoking causes a reduction in the blood flow through the circulatory system. This can cause the body to slow down how quickly it will heal after surgery, meaning your recovery period will be even longer. To avoid any complications, it is best to stop smoking at least one month before and after your surgery. 

4. Reach a stable weight 

Before having liposuction you should try to lose as much weight as possible by following a healthy diet and exercise regime. However, it is important to maintain a stable weight between your consultation and your surgery date. You will need to avoid following any crash diets prior to surgery. This will risk your body being in a weakened state and may cause you to gain more weight following the procedure. To avoid excess weight gain after surgery, it is best to follow a sustainable diet before surgery, so you can continue this diet following surgery.


5. Fill any prescriptions 

You may need to take medication during your recovery period. Before having your surgery, you may wish to get this prescription filled, along with any other prescription medication or supplements you will need during the recovery period. This will mean you can avoid having to visit the GP or pharmacist while you are recovering.


6. Make sure you can get home from surgery 

Liposuction is a surgical procedure, so you will not be able to drive yourself home from the clinic. You will need to have a family member or friend pick you up and drive you home. Make sure you arrange this prior to your procedure. If you have no way to get home the surgeon may not proceed with the surgery. 

If you do not have anyone to drive you home but still want to go ahead with surgery, you may be interested in arranging a chaperone through London Lipo Institute.

Are you interested in having liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation. 

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Blog, Body surgery
Having a large, perfectly sized buttocks is becoming more and more popular, in part thanks to high profile celebrities. However, women are increasingly finding the perfect hourglass figure cannot be obtained simply by going to the gym. As a result, women are deciding to undergo cosmetic procedures. One of the more popular procedures is known as a Brazilian Butt Lift. 

So what exactly is a Brazilian Butt Lift and is it a safe procedure? 

What is a Brazilian Butt Lift? 

A Brazilian Butt Lift involves injecting your own body fat into the buttocks to increase the size and shape. Fat is generally taken from the hips or abdomen but can also be taken from the lower back or the thighs. 

The procedure is performed under a general anaesthetic, so you are not awake for the surgery. Liposuction is used to remove fat from the donor area of the body. This fat is then purified and prepared before being injected into the buttocks. 

The amount of fat which can be transferred depends on how much fat you have available and the size of your buttocks. If you have a particularly small frame and your weight is light, you may not be able to have a large amount transferred. 

Brazilian Butt Lifts are considered more popular than buttock implants. This involves inserting a foreign object into the body (implants) to increase the size of the buttocks. There is often a range of complications associated with buttock implants, such as the implants moving from the original position and therefore altering the appearance of the buttocks. However, the Brazilian Butt Lift is not without complications, and these complications have caused questions about the safety of the procedure. 


Is a Brazilian Butt Lift safe? 

Brazilian Butt Lifts made headline news numerous times throughout late 2018 as a result of the deaths of two British women who travelled abroad to undergo the procedure. These two deaths resulted in the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons calling for British surgeons to not perform the procedure until more data was collected. 

So is the procedure really that unsafe? 

The increase in demand for the Brazilian Butt Lift has resulted in more surgeons offering the procedure, often at very low prices. However, not all of these surgeons have the correct qualifications. As a result, unqualified surgeons are injecting fat into large veins, which then travels to the heart, lungs or brain, resulting in illness and death. This occurs when the fat is injected too deeply into the buttocks or too much fat is transferred.


How can you make sure you have a safe procedure? 

Despite the complications and risks, many people still choose to proceed with having a Brazilian Butt Lift. If you choose to go ahead, what can you do to ensure you have the safest possible procedure? 


1. Pick a qualified surgeon 

Do some research online regarding your surgeon. Where did they get their degree from? Are they registered with the General Medical Council? How long have they been working for? How many times have they performed this procedure? What are their reviews like? Surgeons will often have their own personal websites, otherwise, you may be able to find this information on social media websites such as LinkedIn. During your consultation, you should feel free to ask the surgeon these questions. 


2. Research the clinic

Don’t just research the surgeon, research the clinic or hospital you are attending too. You’ll want to make sure they are regulated and have a good health and safety record. Many people report attending clinics that are unhygienic. Unsanitary conditions can raise the risk of complications and infection occurring. 


3. Look at before and after photographs

This will not only help you to get an idea of the surgeon’s experience but can also help to give you realistic expectations. Before and after photographs can sometimes be published on surgeon’s websites or their social media accounts. It is also worth asking the surgeon for photographs during your consultation. 


4. Be cautious of the price

It is often tempting to pick the cheapest price possible – after all, who doesn’t want to save some money where they can? It’s particularly tempting when there are package deals; often clinics abroad will include the surgery along with a hotel stay or flights. It is a good idea to be cautious about prices that are extremely low or packages that seem too good to be true. The price of surgery within the United Kingdom is often higher for a reason. The surgeon has lots of qualification and experience and works for a registered hospital. 

Prices which are extremely low can often mean the surgeon is not trained or experienced. Other countries have different regulations which mean the clinic and surgeon may not be up to the same standard as you would find in the United Kingdom. Remember that the high cost is paying for the surgeon, their experience, their time, as well as the anaesthetist, the anaesthetic, the medical supplies and the aftercare. Many budget procedures will not include anaesthetic or aftercare in the cost. If something goes wrong, you may have to pay a lot extra for a corrective procedure. 

London Lipo Institute currently offers fat transfer to the buttocks. Unlike other clinics, fat is injected above the muscle, making the procedure far safer and minimising the risk of any complications occurring. 

If you are interested in a fat transfer to the buttocks, contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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Blog, Liposuction
One of the biggest misconceptions about liposuction is that it is a weight loss surgery. Once you undergo liposuction, the weight will be gone and won’t come back, right? 

Unfortunately, this isn’t quite the case. So what exactly does liposuction involve, and how can you maintain the results after your procedure? 

How liposuction works
 

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure which removes stubborn excess fat from various areas of the body. However, most people are not aware of the different types of fat which is stored in our body.

The types of fat which are present in the body include:

Subcutaneous fat: Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat, which is located right under the skin. If you can see or pinch the fat, that will be subcutaneous. Everyone has subcutaneous fat, however, lifestyle choices will impact how much fat there is. This fat is generally considered to be harmless and will not necessarily cause health problems. Instead, it can cause aesthetic problems as the fat is visible. 

Visceral fat: this type of fat lines the organs in the body. Unlike subcutaneous fat, it cannot be removed through liposuction. Visceral fat can cause additional health problems such as heart disease or high blood pressure. 

Liposuction will remove subcutaneous fat from certain areas of the body. This could be the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs or arms, to name a few areas. Once the liposuction has been completed, the fat cells from the target area would have been removed, and these fat cells will not return. However, you will still have fat cells in areas of the body which you did not have liposuction. This means that you will still be able to gain weight in those areas of the body. If you had liposuction on the abdomen, you will still be able to gain weight on your hips and thighs. You will also still have visceral fat in the body, which can make you appear as if you have gained weight. 


How to maintain results after liposuction

We understand that choosing to undergo liposuction is a big decision, and you will understandably want the results of your procedure to last as long as possible. So what steps can you take to help you maintain results?


1. Exercise

Liposuction is generally recommended for those who have already lost weight and now have stubborn pockets of fat which they are unable to lose. Unfortunately, having liposuction does not mean you now get to avoid exercise. 

Instead, you will need to follow a consistent exercise regime. This will help you to avoid gaining weight in the areas that were not treated. 

While it is recommended that you engage in exercise, remember to follow your surgeon’s instructions during the recovery period. In the first few weeks following your liposuction procedure, you will need to avoid strenuous physical exercise, including any heavy lifting. You will be encouraged to undertake light physical activity such as walking in order to encourage good blood circulation. Your surgeon will be able to tell you exactly what activities you should avoid and for how long. It is important to follow these instructions in order to avoid any post-op complications.

Once the recovery period has finished, you should resume your regular exercise regime. Try to include some form of physical activity into your daily routine. This will help you to maintain the liposuction results and avoid gaining weight.


2. Diet

As well as a good exercise regime, you should also follow a healthy diet. 

You should try and avoid foods which are high in sugar and saturated fats, carbohydrates and processed foods. Instead, try and increase your intake of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meats. Make sure your diet includes enough protein and fibre. Make sure to be aware of how you are cooking your food – you may wish to avoid deep frying and using butter.

Eating several small meals throughout the day will not only help to maintain energy levels and keep you sustained, but it will help you to avoid snacking on unhealthy food.  


3. Hydration

Keeping your post-op body doesn’t just depend on what food you eat and how active you are. Your water consumption also has an important role to play. 

Drinking enough water will help to maintain a good metabolism and will help with your digestion. Try drinking water before you have a meal – this can help to make you feel full, which can help you to avoid overeating. 

It is generally recommended that you consume eight-ounce glasses of water per day, however, this will vary depending on factors such as your body type and metabolism. 


4. Stress

You don’t need to just have a good physical diet – you need to ensure you have good mental health as well.

Stress can actually cause you to gain weight. When your cortisol levels are raised, you will begin to crave unhealthy foods. 

To avoid being in a state of stress, you will need to learn how to relax and dedicate some time during the day just to focus on you and your health. Exactly what helps you relax will vary from person to person. Some people will enjoy meditation and taking a bath, while others will find physical activity such as yoga will help to alleviate stress. 

Ensuring you have a healthy lifestyle will help to ensure you will be able to maintain results after liposuction. 

Are you interested in undergoing liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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Before you have attended a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon, you may feel unsure about what procedure you actually need to have. There is often much confusion surrounding both liposuction and a tummy tuck. The procedures are both often associated with weight loss and are often thought to be interchangeable. 

So what exactly are liposuction and a tummy tuck, and should you have liposuction with a tummy tuck? 

What is liposuction? 

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure which removes excess fat from various areas of the body. You can have liposuction on numerous areas of the body. Common areas include the abdomen, flanks, thighs, buttocks, back and arms. 

Liposuction is not considered a weight loss procedure. It is not suitable for those who have a BMI which is over 30 and have a large amount of fat to be removed. Instead, liposuction is for those who have lost as much weight as possible, and who have stubborn pockets of subcutaneous fat which they have been unable to lose. If you have too much excess fat removed, you may find you are left with excess skin. If you are eligible for surgery and are wanting to remove a large amount of excess fat, you may require multiple procedures to achieve the desired results. 


What is a tummy tuck? 

Rather than targeting excess fat, a tummy tuck, otherwise known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin from the body. This will often occur as the result of major weight loss or after a pregnancy. 

A tummy tuck is also not considered a weight loss procedure, as the procedure happens after the weight has already been lost. It is recommended that you lose as much weight as possible prior to having a tummy tuck, and be as close to your ideal weight as possible. You will also need to be at a stable weight prior to having surgery. This will help you to be able to maintain your results in the future. If you still want to lose a lot of weight after having a tummy tuck, you may find you have more excess skin which will need to be removed.


Should I have liposuction with a tummy tuck? 

Having liposuction alongside a tummy tuck is commonly referred to as lipoabdominoplasty. 

Prior to undergoing any procedure, you will have a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to assess your body and determine which procedure is right for you and whether or not you are suitable for surgery. 

Whether or not you will need to have liposuction after having a tummy tuck will depend on how much excess fat you have on your abdomen. Many people will find they have stubborn pockets of fat on the abdomen or flanks which can be removed at the same time as a tummy tuck. 

There are many benefits to having liposuction at the same time as a tummy tuck. This includes: 

One surgery: you will only need to have one round of anaesthetic and one recovery period instead of having two separate procedures. 

Best results: a tummy tuck will only target excess skin, so you may notice that you still have stubborn areas of weight which you are wishing to lose. By undergoing liposuction and a tummy tuck, you can smooth out and tighten your skin while also removing excess fat. 

Post-surgical drains: after liposuction, you will require to have drains in order to remove any fluids. Having lipoabdominoplasty removes the need for any surgical drains. 

No increase in pain: a common myth is that combining two procedures will result in a far more painful recovery period. However, the pain felt after having a tummy tuck is the same as that experienced after having a lipoabdominoplasty.

Are you interested in having liposuction, a tummy tuck or lipoabdominoplasty? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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Blog, Liposuction
Before undergoing any cosmetic surgery, it is important to be as informed as possible. You should undertake your own research prior to attending your consultation. Having a full understanding of your procedure will help you with any nerves you have surrounding the procedure. It can also help you know what results you can expect following the procedure, and what the recovery period will be like. 

So what questions do you need to ask before having liposuction

1. What type of liposuction do you perform? 

We all have a pretty general understanding of what liposuction entails. Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure which removes subcutaneous fat which is immune to healthy diet and exercise. 

However, there is not just one method for liposuction. Before you decide to even go to a consultation, make sure you do your research about all the different types of liposuction. You’ll be able to make your own informed decision about which type of liposuction you think is the best and will achieve the goals you want. When you attend your consultation, you will be able to see whether the information the surgeon gives you matches up with what you found online. 

The various methods for liposuction include tumescent, laser assisted (otherwise known as SmartLipo), Vaser, power assisted, suction assisted and high definition liposuction. You may even hear about ultrasound assisted, laser-assisted and super-wet technique. 

At London Lipo Institute, we use tumescent liposuction. This involves injecting the area with a diluted solution. This makes the area large and swollen, otherwise known as tumescent. The surgeon is then able to make small incisions, which allows them to insert a cannula, which removes the excess fat.


2. How much fat can be removed? 

While fat is being removed from the body, liposuction is actually not considered a weight loss procedure. It is not suitable for those who are obese and are looking to have a large amount of fat removed from their bodies.

So how much fat can actually be removed? While there is generally a maximum limit of four litres per session, how much the surgeon will actually need to remove will vary from person to person.

When you are in your consultation with the surgeon, they will be able to assess your body and see where the weight needs to be removed from and how much can be removed. If you are aiming to remove a large amount of excess fat, you may need to undertake numerous liposuction sessions.

3. What are your qualifications and experience? 

You don’t just need to research the procedure you’re having – you also need to research the clinic you’re having the procedure at and the surgeon who is performing the liposuction. The last thing you want to do is to be operated on by someone who is not a fully qualified plastic surgeon. 

Any legitimate surgeon will not be offended if you ask to see their qualifications or ask about their work history. You may find this information is available online – many surgeons have their own personal websites or will have the information listed on social media sites such as LinkedIn. 

If you are having surgery in the UK, make sure your surgeon is registered with the GMC.

4. How often have you performed liposuction? 

So you’ve researched your surgeon and found out they are registered and certified. But does that mean they have extensive history performing liposuction? Cosmetic surgeons can sometimes choose specialities, such as just performing on the face or the breasts. Liposuction is a fairly common procedure, however, it is best not to risk it. 

During your consultation, ask how often the surgeon has performed liposuction, particularly in the area you want to have it. You may wish to ask to see before and after photographs, which will highlight what the surgeon is able to achieve. 

5. What are the risks and complications? 

Every surgery comes with risks and complications. If your surgeon insists there are no risks, do not believe them. 

While liposuction is a safe procedure, there are some rare risks that can occur. Before having liposuction, make sure to ask your surgeon about these risks, and how often they have encountered problems while performing liposuction.


6. What can I expect from the recovery period? 

While the liposuction may be your main focus, the recovery period is an important part of your surgical journey. 

You will need to know how many days you will need to take off work and how long you will have to avoid vigorous activities. If you have an office job, you may be able to return to work quicker than someone who has a physically active job. If you have children, you may also wish to consider who is caring for them during your recovery period. 

For many cosmetic procedures, including liposuction, you will need to wear a compression garment during the recovery. This will help to avoid any fluid build up in the area where liposuction was undertaken and will help to reduce swelling.


7. What scars will I have? 

Any surgery where incisions are involved will result in scars. Cosmetic surgeons will go out of their way to ensure any scars will be as aesthetically pleasing and as discreet as possible. 

In the case of liposuction, the scars will be very small, and will only be a few millimetres big. The incision will only be made to allow the cannula to be inserted, rather than being made to remove excess skin. The exact location of the scars will vary depending on where you are having liposuction. If you are concerned about scarring, make sure you ask your surgeon during the consultation exactly where the scars will be and what you can do during your recovery period to minimise the appearance of any scars.


8. What results can I expect?

To be an eligible candidate for liposuction, you will need to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. This can be achieved by knowing about what results you can actually expect. 

You should know what to experience during the recovery period. It is important to realise that while you will notice some results straight away, swelling will delay the final results. The skin may also be loose and will take some time to tighten. It may be several months before you are able to see the final results of your liposuction procedure. 

Researching these questions and asking these questions during your consultation will help you to be informed about liposuction and help you feel confident before undergoing your procedure.

Are you interested in having liposuction? Contact London Lipo Institute today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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What is a buffalo hump? 

A buffalo hump is the lump of excess fat that is located underneath the neck between the shoulder blades. This hump can often make you appear aged beyond your years. 

It is a fairly common condition – spend a moment thinking about it and you’ll be able to recall knowing or seeing someone who has a buffalo hump. 

There is a range of causes, including:

 – Genetics

– Bad posture: leaning forward and looking at your phone and slouching at your desk in front of the computer

– Weight gain

– Medications

– Injuries

– Excess hormones 

– Osteoporosis

While buffalo humps do not cause any other health problems, they can be seen as aesthetically unappealing. After all, it can be an area of the body which is very noticeable. It is also an area which is difficult to lose weight through diet and exercise. Fortunately, buffalo hump removal is a solution. 


Can I have buffalo hump removal? 

Buffalo hump removal is a suitable procedure for those who have a lump with they do not like the appearance of and wish to have removed.

You will need to ensure you have a buffalo hump – in some cases, the lump may not be fat. Some people may have other medical conditions, such as Cushing’s Syndrome or Cervical Kyphosis

You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo this procedure.


What does surgery involve? 

If you have tried non-surgical options, such as physical exercise, diet or posture adjustment, you may wish to undergo surgical buffalo hump removal. 

Surgery is performed through the use of liposuction

At London Lipo Institute, this is done through using tumescent liposuction. This involves injecting a dilute local anaesthetic into the treatment area – in this case, the buffalo hump. This causes the area to become large, firm and swollen, otherwise known as tumescent. This makes it easier and safer for the surgeons to undertake liposuction. 

Tumescent liposuction means you will be awake throughout the duration of the procedure. However, due to the local anaesthetic, you will not be able to feel any pain or discomfort. 

Once the area has become tumescent, the surgeon will make small incisions. This will allow for a small cannula to be inserted. This will be used to suck the excess fat from the neck and shoulders. 

Once the procedure is complete the area may be bandaged and you will have to wear a compression garment. 

What happens during the recovery period?


It is normal to experience some swelling following this procedure. This will only last the first few days. 

You will be wearing a compression garment which will help to reduce swelling. 

You may notice an immediate reduction in size to the buffalo hump area. However, over the next few months results may continue to increase as swelling decreases and skin tightens.

Are you interested in buffalo hump removal? This is a procedure London Lipo Institute currently offers. Contact us today to find out more information or to book a consultation.

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Blog, Body surgery
Symmastia is a condition where the breasts appear to have no space between them and look as if they are merging together. This can cause lower self-esteem and body confidence issues. Fortunately, it is not something that you just have to live with. The appearance of the breasts can be improved with symmastia correction. 

What is symmastia? 

Symmastia is when one or both breasts cross the midline of the chest. This can make it appear as if there is no gap between the two breasts. 

There are two different types of symmastia. There is congenital, which means you were born with it. The second is iatrogenic, otherwise known as acquired. 

This is a rare occurrence which is mainly cosmetic; it generally does not cause any physical symptoms or cause any secondary health conditions. 


What causes symmastia?

There is no known cause for congenital symmastia. 

Iatrogenic symmastia is generally caused by a previous breast procedure which has been performed incorrectly. In most cases, the implants will have been oversized or positioned incorrectly. In some cases, the symmastia will be visible immediately, while for others it will be more noticeable once the post-operative swelling goes down. 

To correct symmastia, you will need to undergo surgery. 


Am I a suitable candidate for surgery? 

To undergo symmastia correction, you will need to be diagnosed with symmastia and dislike the appearance. 

You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo symmastia correction. You will not be able to have surgery before your breasts have fully matured.

You will need to be at a stable weight. 

Prior to undergoing the procedure, you will need to meet with one of the surgeons to have a consultation. They will be able to assess whether or not you are a suitable candidate for this position.
 


What does surgery involve?

Both procedures will be performed under a general anaesthetic, which means you will not be awake for the procedure.

The surgical procedure will vary depending on which type of symmastia you have.

Congenital symmastia is more difficult to treat. The surgeon will mark out the skin. The skin will then either be removed through excision or liposuction. The exact method will vary depending on the type of symmastia. 

Iatrogenic symmastia is somewhat easier to treat. Again, the exact method will vary depending on the appearance of the breasts and the symmastia. The surgical procedure will involve removing the scar tissue and repositioning the breast implants. Some people may wish to alter the size of the implants during this procedure, particularly if the cause of the symmastia was oversized implants. 


What will the recovery period be like? 

It is normal to experience some redness, bruising and swelling following symmastia correction. For the first few days, you may also feel some pain and discomfort; you may wish to take pain medication to help with any symptoms. 

You will need to wear a compression garment which will work to support the breasts and reduce any swelling. 

You will need to avoid any strenuous physical activities for at least four weeks. 

You will have to attend post-operative appointments with your surgeon. This will give them the chance to assess your recovery and give you the chance to have any concerns answered. 

Are you interested in symmastia correction? This is a procedure that London Lipo Institute currently offers. Contact us today to find out more or to book a consultation.

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Blog, Liposuction
Chin liposuction is an effective way to remove that annoying double chin. Extra pockets of fat under the face can often dramatically change the appearance of the face. To give the face some extra definition and help to appear more youthful, you may wish to undertake chin liposuction.

Why should I have chin liposuction? 

Sometimes, no matter how much exercise we do or how healthy we eat, we cannot shifts certain stubborn pockets of fat. This is often the case for excess fat beneath the chin. This area of excess fat is often very noticeable and cannot easily be covered up with clothing. Having chin liposuction allows you to regain your body image confidence and have a more defined jawline and neck. 


Can I have chin liposuction? 

You will be able to undergo chin liposuction at London Lipo Institute if you:

– Are over 18 years old

– Have excess fat beneath your chin which you have been unable to lose naturally

– Have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve

There is no upper age limit to chin liposuction. However, older patients may have less skin laxity so results may differ.

Before undergoing chin liposuction, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our surgeons. They can assess whether you are a suitable candidate for this procedure or whether another surgery is more suitable. 

If you have excess skin rather than excess fat you may be more suitable for a neck lift.

If you have a BMI over 30 you may not be considered a suitable candidate for this procedure. 


What does chin liposuction involve?

Chin liposuction will be performed using tumescent liposuction. This means that you will be awake during the procedure, but the tumescent anaesthetic will prevent you from feeling any pain or discomfort.

This procedure can be performed under a general anaesthetic if you do not wish to be awake. 

The procedure will begin with the tumescent anaesthetic being injected. This will make the area swollen and firm.

Next, the surgeon will make small incisions, which will take place under the chin or near the ears. This will ensure the incisions are not noticeable following the procedure. Small cannulas will be inserted through the incision which will allow for the fat to be removed. The area will then be covered with bandages. 

You will be able to return home the same day as your procedure. 

What can I expect the recovery period to be like?

It is normal to experience some bruising and swelling following chin liposuction, particularly around the incision areas. If needed, you can place an ice pack on the area to help decrease swelling. You may find it necessary to take pain medication to help alleviate any symptoms. 

You will be given a compression garment which you will need to wear around your head. This will help to avoid fluid retention and keep the chin in the best shape possible. 


Are you interested in chin liposuction? Contact one of London Lipo Institue’s surgeons today. 

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