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The price of liposuction can sometimes discourage people from going through with their procedure but through MediFin, liposuction procedures are now accessible to more South Africans.

While many lenders are not prepared to take the risk of a medical loan, MediFin is different. We are here to help those who need medical finance for cosmetic surgery with easy repayment options and a simple application process.

Find out how liposuction works, which liposuction procedure may be best for you, liposuction recovery times, more on liposuction prices and how MediFin can help finance your procedure.

What Is Liposuction And How Does It Work?

Liposuction is a surgical operation that removes fatty deposits from beneath the skin using general anaesthesia. Lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, or lipo are some of the many names for this form of cosmetic surgery. It involves breaking up and “sucking” fat from the body. People under 18 years old or who are considered too obese or unfit for surgery should not have liposuction performed on them.

To give you a better understanding of how lipo works and what to expect from a liposuction procedure, here is a simple breakdown of the process.

  • The surgeon marks out on the body which areas of fat should be removed
  • To reduce blood loss, bruising and swelling, they inject this area with a solution containing anaesthetic and medicine
  • The surgeon makes a small incision and inserts a hollow suction tube, known as a cannula, attached to a vacuum machine
  • To break up the fat cells, they move the tube back and forth to loosen the fat and suck it out
  • Excess fluid and blood is drained and the treated area is stitched and bandaged
  • A typical procedure takes between one and three hours

What To Expect Leading Up To Your Lipo Procedure

Your liposuction procedure will be planned in advance and the surgeon will provide you with a liposuction pre-operative checklist. It is vital that you follow this list to the last detail to ensure your procedure runs smoothly and as painless as possible.

The liposuction pre-operative checklist includes details such as fitness levels, smoking status, whether you have diabetes, anaemia or any other conditions that may affect your liposuction surgery. It also asks which medications you are currently on and it’s particularly important to tell the surgeon if you are taking blood thinners.

Common liposuction procedures include:

  • Lipoplasty (lipo)
  • Abdominoplasty (tummy lipo)
  • Breast liposuction
  • Brazilian butt lift (BBL)

Will Lipo Get Rid of Belly Fat?

Lipo involves using sucking out small areas of fat that are hard to lose even when exercising regularly and following a healthy diet. It is carried out on areas of the body where fatty deposits collect more easily, such as the stomach, buttocks, hips, arms and thighs. While it’s a great tool to sculpt the belly region, it does not completely get rid of belly fat.

Are Liposuction Results Permanent?

The main objective of a liposuction procedure is to change the physique shape, which typically results in long-term effects if you maintain a healthy weight. Liposuction works best on people who are normal weight and have tight skin in regions where it’s necessary.

If you are overweight, liposuction alone won’t help you “get skinny”. You’ll need to follow a healthy eating plan and exercise regularly as well to maintain the weight and appearance after your liposuction procedure.

Which Liposuction Procedure Is Best?

There are three main liposuction procedures namely tumescent liposuction, laser lipolysis and ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). The best lipo procedure for you will depend on your desired results and how much fat should be removed.

Tumescent liposuction involves injection a solution containing anaesthetic and medicine into the area that is going to be treated before lipoplasty begins. It’s designed to numb the area and reduce blood loss during surgery which helps reduce lipo recovery times.

As the name suggests, laser lipolysis uses lasers to break up the fat which is then more easily removed using a cannula. The effect is similar to liposuction but with fewer side effects due to the laser not damaging as many nerves. The overall recovery time is also often less than lipoplasty.

UAL lipolysis uses ultrasound energy to break up fat which is also removed with a cannula. While this procedure is not as common as liposuction, recovery times are shorter than traditional lipoplasty where there is no need for anaesthetic or medicine to be injected into the area being treated.

What Is VASER Liposuction?

VASER liposuction was originally developed in the early 2000s, using harmonic waves, similar to ultrasound, rather than a suction tube. The ultrasound energy promotes vibration, allowing fat cells to be broken down and liquefied before they are removed from the body.

Anyone can have VASER lipo for cosmetic purposes and is particularly useful to tone and sculpt your body. Unlike traditional liposuction procedures, VASER can remove areas of cellulite.
It is an increasingly popular technique not only because it offers long-lasting results, but also because it is non-invasive. This makes it safer while speeding up recovery times compared to other plastic surgery procedures.

Is Liposuction Safe?

Every liposuction procedure has risks but it is generally considered safe when performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon. Liposuction has faster recovery times because lipo is less invasive than other body contouring procedures such as tummy tuck and the LAP-BAND® System, which tighten and reshape specific areas of the stomach.

While lipo is safe, there are risks and side effects with all lipo procedures which you need to discuss with your cosmetic surgeon beforehand.

Common Liposuction Side Effects

Some of the common side effects include pain, bruising, swelling, blistering or bleeding. There is also an increased risk of infection that may require lipo revision surgery which can be costly. Fortunately, MediFin’s cosmetic surgery finance can help with liposuction follow-ups and repeat visits as well.

Lipo surgery permanently destroys fat cells, but if you put on weight, the fat will be relocated to other areas of the body. New fat might appear deeper under the skin, which is potentially harmful if it surrounds important organs such as the liver or heart.

What Is The Recovery Time For Lipo Surgery?

The length of your liposuction recovery time will depend on the liposuction technique and which part of the body they are treating. On average, the lipo healing process takes between 3-6 weeks but it depends on the area of focus and how much fat they removed during the procedure.

How Much Does Liposuction Cost?

The price of liposuction is usually determined by several factors including the area of the body that requires treatment and the type of procedure. On average, liposuction costs vary anywhere between R20 000 to more than R100 000 and will also depend on whether you choose single or multiple sessions.

MediFin Liposuction Financing And Payment Options

According to, the top five cosmetic surgeries from 2020 data are breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty and abdominoplasty. At MediFin, we understand these liposuction procedures can be expensive and most people do not have the means to reap the benefits.

As such, we offer finance options for those requiring a medical loan for liposuction and other procedures. Whether you are looking at liposuction for men or women, our financing options are competitive and offer repayment terms that are suitable to cater for almost everyone.

To find out more about liposuction cost or the other options available to you, please get in touch with us today by calling 0861 000 808 or apply for financing online in a few easy steps.