The Private Clinic explains minimally-invasive forms of liposuction and why the treatment has seen a huge growth in the last few years.

The number of liposuction procedures was up 41% last year, with a total of 4,326 treatments taking place. Part of the reason behind this astronomical growth is a massive change in how the treatment is conducted, with a focus on avoiding full-blown surgery where possible and encouraging shorter recovery times. Two of the least invasive forms of the treatment are VASER Lipo and MicroLipo, both of which are growing in popularity. The Private Clinic explains.


VASER Liposuction is arguably one of the better known modern forms of Liposuction. It owes its popularity to its ease (often performed under local anaesthetic), lack of scarring and results, which are visible quickly and often quite impressive. The method works by using advanced ultrasound technology to break down fat cells prior to removal, which means less damage to the surrounding tissues when fat is extracted through the suction process. 

Perhaps one of VASER Lipo’s greatest benefits is its versatility. The treatment has many different forms which can be adapted to individual needs; for example advanced forms of the procedure like VASER Hi-Def and VASER 4D are designed to give extreme muscle definition, while VASER 360 is one of the only treatments designed to circumferentially treat the legs. This means patients are able to get the results they want, whether that’s a natural loss of stubborn fat in one area or a precise look across the whole body.


MicroLipo is less readily available than VASER Liposuction. It requires advanced training that is currently not widely offered in the UK and very few doctors are specialised in the treatment. However, this doesn’t make it any less effective. The precise form of body contouring uses tiny tubes known as cannulas, ranging from around 0.9mm in width to a maximum of 3mm, to extract the fat. This means minimal risk of any scarring and a speedier recovery. Meanwhile, because of the procedure’s intricacy, it can remove up to around 3.5 litres of fat from targeted areas including the chin, knees and bingo wings.

MicroLipo’s precision and lack of damage to the area it treats has meant it has also become an important tool for the treatment of medical conditions including Gynecomastia in which the male chest stores fat, and breast reduction procedures for women. It has become a recognised way to control chronic conditions like Lipoedema, in which the body stores a disproportionate (but symmetrical) amount of the fat, and Lymphoedema, in which sufferers experience immense random swelling in areas of the body. While neither lipoedema nor lymphoedema can ever be cured, results from MicroLipo have been known to last around 15 years for both conditions.  


Minimally-invasive forms of liposuction are becoming the favoured method of many; with faster recovery times, less risk of scarring and generally less stress on the body, they are far more suitable for most than full blown surgery and can even be adapted to patients’ needs - whether that’s for aesthetic purposes or medical needs. Which one works for you is all down to your individual case and this is why it is so important to speak in depth with any medical professional you work with. It is important to remember that, even with the least invasive forms of treatment, liposuction is still a huge consideration and one that you shouldn’t take lightly. Liposuction is never an alternative for healthy eating and exercise, and your fitness regime should not take second wind to a procedure. 

About The Private Clinic

The Private Clinic has been providing the most effective minimally-invasive treatments for over thirty years. They have a team of the UK’s leading doctors behind each of their treatments including VASER Liposuction and MicroLipo, as well as a team of Plastic Surgeons able to offer surgical alternatives. They believe in treating every patient as an individual and only working with the best method for your needs.  

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