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How to Get Rid of Excess Fat & Skin – Treatment Options

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How to get rid of excess skin and fat

Surgical Solutions for Excess Fat and Skin

If you’re considering surgical options to remove excess fat and skin, you’re not alone. Many people look towards surgery after finding that diet and exercise have not fully achieved their desired results. These procedures can help in contouring and toning your body, offering a solution where non-surgical methods fall short. However, it’s important to accompany these surgeries with a healthy lifestyle to maintain the results. In this blog, Consultant Plastic Surgeon Anca Breahna aims to provide you with an understanding of the surgical choices available to get rid of excess fat and skin.

Understanding Your Needs

Before exploring surgical options, it’s important to identify the specific areas of your body that you wish to improve. Excess fat and loose skin require different surgical approaches. A professional consultation is the first step in determining which procedure aligns with your goals. Anca can help you understand the potential outcomes and which surgery might offer you the best results.

Surgical Options for Excess Skin and Fat Removal

Finding out all the details about the different surgical methods available is the first step in deciding whether this path aligns with your goals:


Liposuction to get rid of excess fat

Liposuction stands out as a highly sought-after surgical method for eliminating fat from different body parts, making it an excellent choice for those struggling with stubborn fat pockets that remain unaffected by conventional weight loss methods like dieting and exercising. This procedure is particularly beneficial for targeting specific areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and neck, offering a more refined and contoured appearance.

The process of liposuction involves the insertion of a thin tube, known as a cannula, through small incisions made in the targeted area. Anca then moves the cannula back and forth to loosen the fat before it is suctioned out of the body. This technique allows for precise control over fat removal, enabling Anca to sculpt the area to the desired shape.

One of the key advantages of liposuction is its versatility. It can be performed as a standalone procedure or in conjunction with other surgeries such as facelifts, breast reductions, or tummy tucks to achieve more comprehensive results. Despite the invasive nature of the procedure, advances in technology and techniques have significantly improved safety, reduced discomfort, and shortened recovery times.

Post-procedure, you may experience swelling and bruising in the treated areas, which typically diminish over the weeks following surgery. Compression garments are often recommended to support the healing process and help the skin conform to the new body contours. You can return to work and engage in light activities within a few days, although it’s advisable to avoid strenuous exercise for a period recommended by Anca to ensure optimal healing.

It’s important for candidates considering liposuction to have realistic expectations about the outcomes. While liposuction effectively reduces fat and enhances body shape, it is not a weight-loss solution or a substitute for a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a stable weight through diet and exercise is crucial for preserving the results of the surgery.

Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

Unlike liposuction, a tummy tuck addresses both excess fat and skin in the abdominal area. This procedure is ideal for individuals who have experienced significant weight loss or have gone through pregnancy, leading to stretched skin that cannot return to its original elasticity. The surgery involves removing excess skin and fat and tightening the abdominal muscles.

During a tummy tuck, Anca makes a horizontal incision just above the pubic hairline, through which excess skin and fat are removed. The length and shape of the incision will be determined by the amount of correction needed. For those with weakened or separated abdominal muscles — often a result of pregnancy — Anca will also repair and tighten these muscles, effectively enhancing the abdominal contour and strength. The remaining skin is then pulled down, trimmed, and sutured back into place, creating a smoother, more defined abdominal area.

Recovery from a tummy tuck is more intensive compared to less invasive procedures like liposuction. You typically require a few weeks of downtime, during which physical activities must be limited to ensure proper healing. Swelling, discomfort, and bruising are common post-surgery, but these symptoms gradually subside. Compression garments may be recommended to reduce swelling and support the healing abdomen.

It’s important for you, if considering a tummy tuck to understand that it is a major surgery and, as such, comes with considerations such as scarring and a longer recovery period. However, for many, the benefits — including improved appearance and the potential for increased comfort and mobility — far outweigh these concerns.

Candidates for a tummy tuck should be at a stable weight, as significant fluctuations after the surgery can affect the long-term results.

Body Lift

Body lift procedures can target the arms, thighs and buttocks, removing excess skin and fat while improving the shape and tone of the underlying tissue. A body lift involves making incisions in the targeted areas to remove the excess skin and fat, and to tighten and reshape the underlying tissue. This results in a smoother, more natural body contour and can dramatically improve the fit and feel of clothing, as well as personal comfort and mobility. Due to the scale of these procedures, they are considered more complex and invasive than liposuction or a tummy tuck, often involving a longer surgery time and a more substantial recovery period.

Recovery from a body lift requires careful planning and time off from work and daily responsibilities. It’s common for patients to experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the weeks following the surgery, with full recovery taking several months. During this time, it is important to follow Anca’s post-operative care instructions, which may include wearing compression garments, attending follow-up appointments, and avoiding strenuous activities to ensure optimal healing.

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

A breast lift addresses sagging by removing excess skin and reshaping the breast tissue. This procedure can rejuvenate your figure with a breast profile that is more uplifted. Recovery from a breast lift involves wearing a support bra and limiting physical activity to allow the breasts to heal properly. You can return to work within a week or two, although complete healing may take longer.

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Choosing the Right Surgeon for Excess Fat and Skin Removal Surgery

When selecting a surgeon for your procedure, ensuring they have the appropriate qualifications and experience is essential. Look for a surgeon who is certified in plastic surgery, as this indicates they have met high standards in their education, training, and ethics. It’s also beneficial to choose a surgeon with extensive experience in the specific procedure you’re considering.

During your consultation, don’t hesitate to ask questions about their experience, view before-and-after photos of you, and discuss the expected outcomes of your surgery. It’s also important to feel comfortable with your surgeon and their team, as trust and communication are key to a successful surgical experience.

Preparation for Surgery

Preparing for surgery involves several important steps to ensure your safety and the best possible outcomes. Anca will likely request a comprehensive medical evaluation to determine your fitness for surgery. Following pre-operative instructions, such as avoiding certain medications and fasting for a specified period before the procedure, is crucial.

Planning for your recovery is also a vital part of preparation. Arrange for someone to drive you home after the surgery and help you during the first few days of your recovery. Stocking up on essential supplies and preparing a comfortable recovery area at home can also contribute to a smoother, more comfortable healing process.

Recovery and Aftercare

The recovery process varies depending on the type of surgery you undergo but generally involves following Anca’s instructions closely to ensure proper healing. Common post-operative advice includes taking prescribed medications to manage pain, attending follow-up appointments, and gradually resuming physical activities.

Proper care of the surgical site, maintaining a healthy diet, and staying hydrated are crucial for healing. You may also need to wear compression garments to support and contour the treated areas. While recovery can be challenging, focusing on your long-term goals and following Anca’s advice can help you navigate this period more comfortably.

Risks and Complications

While surgical procedures for removing excess fat and skin are generally safe, they do come with potential risks and complications. Common concerns include infection, bleeding, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. There’s also the possibility of dissatisfaction with the aesthetic results, requiring revision surgery.

Discussing these risks with Anca beforehand allows you to make an informed decision about undergoing surgery. Following all pre- and post-operative instructions can help minimise these risks and improve your overall outcome.

FAQs about How to Get Rid of Excess Fat and Skin

FAQs Anca Breahna

What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck?

  • Liposuction is a surgical procedure focused on removing excess fat from specific areas of the body to reshape and contour those regions. It does not significantly address excess skin or tighten the abdominal muscles. A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is more complex, removing excess skin and fat from the abdominal area while also tightening the abdominal muscles. This procedure is ideal for individuals with loose skin or muscle separation, often resulting from pregnancy or significant weight loss.

Can body lift improve the appearance of cellulite?

  • Body lift procedures are designed to remove excess skin and fat and to improve the overall shape and tone of the body. While they can significantly enhance your body’s contour and appearance, they do not specifically target cellulite. Cellulite is caused by fat deposits pushing through the connective tissue beneath the skin, and while the removal of fat and tightening of skin may reduce its appearance, body lift is not a guaranteed solution for cellulite.

Are the results of surgical fat removal and skin tightening permanent?

  • The results of surgical fat removal and skin tightening can be long-lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and follow a healthy lifestyle. Significant weight fluctuations or pregnancy after these procedures can alter the outcomes. It’s also important to note that natural ageing will continue to affect your skin and body shape over time.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for these surgical procedures?

  • Ideal candidates for surgical fat removal and skin tightening procedures are individuals at or near their target weight who have areas of excess fat and/or skin that do not improve with diet and exercise. Good candidates should also be non-smokers, in good general health, and have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. A consultation with Anca can determine your suitability for these procedures.

What should I expect during the recovery period after these procedures?

  • Recovery varies depending on the extent of the surgery but generally includes taking time off work and limiting physical activity to allow the body to heal. Swelling, bruising, and discomfort can be expected and Anca will prescribe medication to manage pain. You’ll likely need to wear compression garments to support the healing tissues. It’s important to follow Anca’s post-operative instructions closely to ensure the best possible outcome and to reduce the risk of complications.

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About Anca Breahna – Consultant Plastic Surgeon

top UK cosmetic surgeon anca breahnaMs Anca Breahna, PhD, MSc, FEBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast) is a highly regarded Consultant Plastic Surgeon specialising in the field of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Anca performs a range of breast, body and face surgery and minor skin procedures.

As one of the very few female Plastic Surgeons in her region, she is able to offer that unique female perspective, with empathy, attention to detail and personalised care.

Anca Breahna’s surgical training has been largely undertaken within the United Kingdom. She began a rigorous training programme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in 1999, after achieving her medical degree from the University of Bucharest. Miss Breahna attained her PhD degree at the same university in 2007 for her medical research. She then relocated to the UK to further extend her qualifications and training.

Anca’s NHS practice is now focused on Breast Reconstructive Surgery, Skin Cancer Surgery, Hand Surgery and soft tissue reconstruction. Over the last 15 years, through her pursuit of further training and education, Anca has developed a special interest and expert practical experience in a range of Aesthetic Breast and Body Surgery.

It is Anca’s true dedication and commitment to her field, that sets her aside from her peers. Her extensive surgical training means that you are in safe hands. She is renowned for providing exceptional care, support and helping achieve realistic goals for her patients.

Anca will treat you in a straightforward manner, with respect, consideration and empathy to ensure you are comfortable with your choice.



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Do your Research

  • Please read our website pages and blogs to learn more about your intended procedure.
  • All Surgery has risks and potential complications. Please read more about the risks of your surgery.

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • A Medical Referral from your Doctor before your consultation is not compulsory however  it is recommended.
  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Anca – Car parking is available on-site at all hospitals.
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options.
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly read all the documents provided.

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How to Book your Consultation with Anca Breahna – Plastic Surgeon

You can book your consultation with Anca by paying the £150 cosmetic consultation fee when you make your appointment. This fee covers further consultations about the same concern.

Contact Anca’s Team

Call Claire on 0800 080 6026 or Joedy on 03332 244111 to arrange your consultation or email us for more information.

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