Slim down your figure with liposuction with an English-speaking plastic surgeon in Barcelona.

Developed in the 1980s, the liposuction technique, otherwise known as lipoaspiration, is one of the most practiced procedures today by cosmetic surgeons. Particularly suitable for treating fat cells that are resistant to exercise, diet or weight loss, it can be used to treat different parts of the body and face and offers a very natural result.

If you are considering this common aesthetic procedure in Barcelona, do not hesitate to make an appointment now with one of our cosmetic surgeons so that they can propose a treatment plan adapted to your situation.

What is liposuction?

It is a cosmetic surgery technique that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body and face, by means of cannulas inserted into the skin through small incisions.

This procedure can be performed alone or in addition to another operation, such as a facelift or abdominoplasty.


"Whether having this procedure alone or in conjunction with another, this cosmetic procedure can provide solution to a wide range of aesthetic problems, helping you to restore your confidence and feel great once again"

- Dr. Lloyd Nanhekhan, our plastic surgeon

What are the reasons for liposuction?

Liposuction is indicated in cases of localized fatty deposits that are resistant to dietary and sports programs. The aim of the operation is not to lose weight but rather to reshape and define your body or face. You will always be advised to get as close as possible to your ideal weight before undergoing the operation.

However, this procedure is also not recommended for a number of people:

  • Heavy smokers,
  • Women who are taking a contraceptive pill,
  • People with a high risk of phlebitis or embolism or who are obese.

It is intended for both women and men. However, it is advisable to wait until at least 18 years of age (end of growth) before considering any procedure, but not to resort to it after 60 years of age: the results are better if the skin is still firm and elastic.


What parts of the body can be reshaped by liposuction?

Many areas of the body can be treated with liposuction, the most common being:

Liposuction of the abdomen

A procedure that allows the removal of excess fat from the abdomen. However, it does not remove visceral fat that is lodged inside the organs of the abdomen.

This particular procedure is often combined with a tummy tuck.

Liposuction of the thighs

The operation on the thighs actually concerns 4 areas:

  • Saddlebags or outer thighs
  • Inner thighs
  • Front of the thighs
  • Back of the thighs

It generally gives very good results, especially on the saddlebags and the inner thighs.

Liposuction of the arms

This allows the removal of excess fat from the arms in a circular fashion, with minor scars. It creates a harmonious shape and promotes natural skin retraction.

Liposuction of the double chin

This consists of removing the fat between the chin and the neck. This procedure has the effect of marking the boundary between the face and the neck which tends to disappear with age and hormonal changes.

Liposuction of the breast

Breast liposuction is the reduction of excess breast volume. In men, it is commonly performed as part of a gynecomastia operation.

How does liposuction work?

Preliminary consultation

The first visit is always made with one of our surgeons before proceeding with liposuction. This first consultation is an opportunity to learn about your medical history and to find out if there are any contraindications that would prevent you from undergoing such an operation.

A consultation with an anaesthetist two weeks before the liposuction is also necessary.


Liposuction can be performed under local anaesthesia if the excess fat to be removed is limited. However, if the liposuction is from important or particularly difficult zones, it must be carried out under general anaesthesia.

The duration of the procedure depends on the number of areas to be treated and the size of the operation. On average, it takes 30 minutes for an operation on one area and up to 2.5 hours for several areas.

Small incisions are made in the areas to be treated, as much as possible in the folds, so that the scars are not visible. Foam cannulas are inserted into the incisions to suck out the fat. The incisions are then sutured.

Compression is then applied with an elastic fabric compression garment or elastic bands. The aim is to compress the detached areas and limit haematomas.

Post-operative care

The first results are visible immediately after the operation, but it is generally necessary to wait about 2 to 3 weeks to see the results of a liposuction, as the tissues are no longer oedematous. It is only after 3 to 6 months that the final result can be seen. This is the time it takes for the skin to retract.

Immediately after the operation, several things should be avoided: taking anticoagulants, smoking and alcohol, and practising sport for at least 2 weeks. You should also take painkillers to relieve the pain.

How much is liposuction?

The price of the procedure.

The price of a liposuction depends on several factors:

  • Quality of your skin.
  • Amount of fat to be removed.
  • The number of areas you wish to treat.

Therefore, it is best to obtain a personalized estimate, so make an appointment with a plastic surgeon now.

Liposuction: before and after

Liposuction: our responses to your most frequently asked questions

Liposuction, like any surgical procedure, is subject to certain risks. Even though these are very rare, it is important that you are aware of them:

  • Infections
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Phlebitis or pulmonary embolism
  • Tissue necrosis
  • Iron deficiency
  • Risks associated with general anaesthesia.
  • Lipoaspiration is a synonym for liposuction and refers to exactly the same type of procedure.
    Liposuction can redefine specific areas of the body but does not lead to weight loss: it does not affect the fat stored in the entire body.
    The procedure is performed under anesthesia and is therefore not painful. However, the aftermath of liposuction is often a little painful while you recover. The intensity of the pain varies in proportion to the amount of fat extracted and according to the areas treated.
    Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. Ideally your weight when entering the procedure should be your normal, with a body mass index between 18 and 25. Being overweight reduces the chances of good results, as the fat is too diffuse.

    Liposuction is effective in treating the consequences of cellulite and its visual effects, i.e. the orange peel appearance and dimpling, but it does not eliminate the phenomenon of cellulite.


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