Suctioning fat is called fat suction, liposuction or liposculpture. Women often do this most often because they suffer more from storing fat around the abdomen, hips and legs. But also on for example the chin or the arms can be too much fat. Local fat deposits ensure that the silhouette of the body is not nicely balanced. Despite sports and paying attention to the diet, these stubborn fat deposits will not disappear. In a clinic or hospital, the plastic surgeon can extract the fat. The costs are high, and often this is not reimbursed.

What is fat suction?

Fat suction is also called liposuction. This is a method in which excess fatty tissue is removed by sucking it off. This method is used to balance the silhouette of the body. Local fat deposits can be removed with this. It must not be used to lose weight.

Fat suction of the abdomen

At some places, fat is sucked away more often than elsewhere. The abdomen is a well-known example. Many people who lose weight and exercise notice that belly fat does not just disappear. The abdominal wall is the first place where fat is stored, but also the last place where fat disappears. The body likes to store fat in the stomach. Despite sports, abdominal training and watching the diet, belly fat can be persistent. It is therefore not surprising that some people become desperate. Sucking fat can then be a solution to make that little bit of fat disappear.

The skin of the abdomen must be flexible to suck away fat. The plastic surgeon will indicate in advance where fat is being sucked away. Small cuts are made in the skin. Then the surgeon injects a liquid so that the fat comes loose from the abdominal wall. A hollow tube is inserted into the adipose tissue under the skin. The adipose tissue is sucked off with the help of a vacuum pump.

If the skin is not supple enough or cellulite, fat extraction is not possible. The fat can then be cut away. We also call this dermolipectomy. A larger cut will have to be made, after which the fat is cut away.


In some people, the fat does not sit on the stomach, but on the hips. We see this mostly in women. They then have huge wide hips while the rest of their body narrows. This does not give a nice picture. Despite exercising and paying attention to their diet, it is not possible to get rid of fat from the hips. Liposuction is also possible in this case.

Just as with fat suction of the abdomen, this happens at the hips also by means of a hollow tube. Even now the doctor first injects a liquid so that the fat comes loose. This liquid also anaesthetises the surrounding tissue.


Everywhere on the body, fat can be extracted, but in addition to the abdomen and the hips, the legs are also the most common parts of the body using fat suction. Why the fat stores around the legs and the other does not, is often hereditary. Women are more likely to suffer from it. The method used is the same as for the abdomen or the hips.

Liposuction and liposculpture

Previously there was liposuction, we hear more and more about liposculpture. What is the difference between them? Fat tissue is extracted in both cases. However, the treatment is less drastic in liposculpture. Therefore, it can be performed under local anesthesia. Liposuction requires general anesthesia (anesthesia). Moreover, the risk of irregularities of the skin in liposculpture is smaller. The pain and the accumulation of fluid after the procedure is also significantly less. Liposculture is therefore a milder treatment. However, it can not always be applied. Liposuction is used in large areas or where a lot of fat has to be extracted.

Am I eligible?

Not everyone can suck fat. Overweight people with a BMI above 30 are not eligible for this. Not even when the weight is too high or too low compared to the length. This can be calculated in this way: the body height is taken in centimeters. 100 cm of this is deducted. What is left is the target weight. When the weight is no more than 15 percent above or below it, you can qualify for grease extraction. People with very flabby skin or cellulite can not always undergo fat suction. With them the fat is often cut away. Sometimes, for example, a tummy tuck is needed, whereby the skin of the abdomen is pulled tight.

Is it dangerous?

Sucking fat carries just as much risk as any other procedure or operation. Firstly, general anesthesia is often applied. This is never entirely without risk. In addition, complications can occur. Think for example of necrosis, in which the skin dies. Bleeding can also occur. In severe cases there is an embolism such as an air embolism or a thromboembolism.


The prizes do not lie: those who want to be beautiful have to suffer pain. Both physically and in the wallet. The costs depend on how much has to be sucked away. Roughly speaking, these amounts are between 800 and 2,000 euros. Often up to 1,000 ml of fat can be sucked away under local anesthesia. Anesthesia is applied above this. The costs for grease extraction are not reimbursed in many cases. Only in very special cases will the health insurer want to reimburse. Therefore always inquire with the health insurer beforehand.