Excess fat: it’s the bane of so many people’s existence, and can seem impossible to get rid of through diet and exercise. Have you ever tried eating completely healthy for weeks and exercising every day, only to deal with the same stubborn fat around your hips, thighs and belly?

Sometimes this fat can only be removed through a procedure called liposuction. This procedure slims and smoothes the body by removing that excess stubborn fat, leaving people much happier and more confident with their body.

The best candidates for this procedure are those with no serious medical conditions or aversions to anesthesia.

So if you’re not happy with the extra fat on your arms, tummy, butt, legs or even neck, read more to find out if liposuction is right for you.


The incision for a liposuction procedure is quite small, and is usually hidden somewhere like a joint crease or the navel. This makes the scar quite invisible, a definite perk of this procedure.

The surgeon will infuse the targeted fat cells with a saline solution which contains a local anesthetic and adrenalin. This will decrease blood loss and allow the fat to come out more easily. It also helps out with the postoperative recovery, making it less painful.

A tube is inserted into the incision and a vacuum machine is used to suck out the targeted fat cells.


Before your surgery, preferable in your consultation, let your surgeon know if you are taking any medications, whether prescription or non-prescription. You should also tell them whether you have any allergies or medical conditions.

It’s important to stop smoking for at least 2 weeks before surgery, because this can affect how you react to the anesthetics. Smoking can also prolong the healing process post-surgery.

Also stop taking Aspirin, blood-thinning medications and vitamins and herbs for at least 2 weeks before surgery, as removing these will reduce the chance of post-operative bleeding.

Talk to your doctor about your expectations for the outcome of the surgery. They will be clear with you about what will happen during the procedure so you’ll both be on the same page and happy with the results.


During surgery, antibiotics and anesthetics will be administered intravenously to prevent infection and manage pain. So after surgery, there shouldn’t be huge amounts of pain to deal with.

The site of your incision will be dressed with bandages, to be changed and cleaned as instructed by your doctor.

When you leave the hospital, your doctor will provide you with oral antibiotic, pain relieving and anti-swelling medications to help you in the recovery process.

Your doctor will have you wear compression garments day and night during the first week after surgery. This will help the area stay firm during the healing process.

During the second and third weeks after surgery, you can remove the compression garments at night only.

You might experience some bruising, swelling, soreness or even some burning or numbing sensations for the first few weeks after surgery. These feelings should pass and you should be able to resume your normal activities by two weeks after your surgery. Hold off on strenuous activities for the first month after surgery.

Depending on the amount of fat that was removed and the individual’s tendency to bruise, it may be up to 6 months before the swelling and bruising completely subside.


While liposuction is a low-risk procedure, it’s important to be aware of the risks that are inherent in any surgical procedure.

The most common risks are infection, asymmetry, rippling of the skin, changes in pigmentation, skin injury, fluid retention and excess blood loss.

If you follow your surgeon’s instructions carefully for the post-surgery care, you will greatly reduce the risk of experiencing any of these complications.

A note about liposuction: if there are large areas to be treated, they will need to be separated into two or more sessions. It can be dangerous to do too much liposuction at a time, because it increases the risk of bleeding.

Available Hospitals

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Price (from) Hospital / Clinic City
89,000 APEX Bangkok
55,000 Bangpakok9 POPULAR Bangkok
42,000 Bellamode Clinic POPULAR Bangkok
35,000 DIAA Clinic Chiang Mai
75,000 Jungceylon Phuket
52,500 Kamol POPULAR Bangkok
85,000 Phuket (PPSI) POPULAR Phuket
90,000 San Paulo Hua Hin
50,000 Yanhee POPULAR Bangkok

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Duration of operation is about 2-3 hours and you need to stay in Thailand for at least 9 days.


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