The Ultimate Guide to Liposuction

Last fact-checked: 21 February 2020

Undergoing liposuction abroad is a safe, effective and affordable way of removing unwanted pockets of fat. Even with diet and exercise, some people find that stubborn pockets, particularly around the hips, thighs, buttocks, calves, ankles, back, arms, neck or breasts, just won't budge.

Liposuction, often combined with other cosmetic surgery procedures, is one of the easiest ways to sculpt your body into your desired shape. Discover how you can save thousands at one of our quality-checked liposuction clinics around the world.

Am I Suitable for Liposuction?

You are suitable for liposuction if:

  • You have localized areas of fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body
  • You would prefer more definition in certain areas of the body
  • Your skin elasticity is good (liposuction removes the fat but doesn’t tighten skin)

Liposuction Before and After – What to Know?

Your surgeon will be able to answer any questions you have and provide you with instructions, but it is likely that before liposuction surgery you will be asked to:

  • Stop smoking to promote better healing and minimize complications
  • Try to achieve lifestyle or weight changes to ensure the best results
  • Avoid taking aspirin or other medications which cause increased bleeding

After liposuction surgery you will need to:

  • Get someone to pick you up as you won’t be able to drive (and to stay with you overnight)
  • Wear comfortable, loose clothing

The Liposuction Procedure

Most liposuction procedures only take around ninety minutes, but this varies depending upon how much fat is removed and whether you have multiple liposuction sites on both sides of the body, in which case it may take around three hours.

Before the liposuction procedure starts you will be given an anesthetic. Once this has taken effect, the surgeon makes small cuts in the problem area and inserts a suction device to remove the fat.

There are different liposuction techniques your surgeon may use:

    • Tumescent liposuction – where a saline solution with anesthetic and drugs is injected into the fat which reduces blood loss, pain and eases the removal of the fat
    • Ultrasound liposuction – which uses ultrasound to liquefy the fat prior to removal

Liposuction Recovery Time

Immediately after surgery your wounds may drain or leak fluids for several days and you will need to wear special tight garments to keep your skin compressed for several weeks.

Discomfort, rather than pain, is usual after liposuction which may last for several weeks. Bruising and swelling are normal – the bruising lasting for 7 to 10 days and the swelling being at its maximum after 48 hours and gradually subsiding within over the next two or three weeks.

You should take it easy and not do any strenuous exercise in the first six weeks, although light movement, especially walking, is encouraged as soon as possible after surgery.

How Much Can I Save on Liposuction Prices Abroad?

Liposuction costs vary, depending on the area you are having done. Larger areas, such as your tummy will cost considerably more than, say, your upper arms. Generally, most people make savings of between 50% and 80% by traveling abroad.

For more exact prices, take a look at three of our most popular partner clinics that offer liposuction:

Is the Quality of Care the Same for Liposuction abroad?

While it's true that there are certainly unscrupulous clinics out there, our site only features those that have passed our strict background checks. 

While no medical procedure can ever be guaranteed, you can mitigate any problems by booking with a reliable facility that you can trust. This is why Medical Departures makes it our business to work with the best, carrying out our own pre-screening checks before we partner with any medical facilities.

Our checks include:

As one of the world's leading online medical book agencies, Medical Departures also provides patient reviews, virtual tours and clinic photos so you can look before you book and be assured that your liposuction abroad is handled by qualified and reliable doctors.

How Do I Get Started?

Take a look through our extensive liposuction listings in some of the world's most popular medical tourism destinations below:

To book your free appointment, get in touch with our Customer Care Team via email, phone or online chat. You can also schedule your treatment directly through our site via each listing page. 


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