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Liposuction in Cyprus, Greece and Malta

There are specific areas of our bodies that tend to accumulate fat, such as the abdominal area, hips, thighs, and the back of the arms. Many people try exhaustive diet and intense physical exercise to shape and tone these “difficult to contour” areas, often with no luck.

The concept of targeting particular areas of the body for fat loss – also known as spot reducing – has been a topic for discussion among fitness circles and marketeers. Suffice to say, the spot fat-reducing devices marketed through the Internet and TV commercials are a waste of money and time. The same applies to exhaustive, “feel the burn” type of exercises that cannot sufficiently target the localized and persistent fat that is gathered in specific spots of our body.

Liposuction has been a safe, reliable, and popular cosmetic procedure for over three decades to target the exercise- and diet-resistant body fat deposits efficiently.

However, liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a replacement for healthy eating habits and physical exercise. 

It is important to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon before undergoing liposuction to ensure the best possible outcome.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body using suction. The purpose of liposuction is to improve and refine the body shape as well as to reduce the overall body size. It is most commonly used to remove stubborn pockets of fat in areas such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and arms.

The procedure involves making small incisions in the skin through which a thin tube called a cannula is inserted small deposits of fat are removed through the cannula. The cannula is then moved back and forth to break up the fat cells before they are suctioned out with a vacuum device.

The most common areas with subcutaneous fatty tissue that liposuction surgery can efficiently target are:

  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (Love Handles)
  • Waist
  • Bulges along the back
  • Chest/Male breasts (gynecomastia)
  • Hips
  • Thighs
  • Chin and Neck/Jowls
  • Arms
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Calves

In comparison to other non-invasive fat reduction procedures, liposuction offers more dramatic and long-lasting results.

Liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthesia depending on how much fat needs to be removed and where it’s located. In comparison to other non-invasive fat reduction procedures, liposuction offers more dramatic and long-lasting results. 

Recovery time varies but typically takes between one week and two weeks for swelling and bruising to subside completely and results are usually visible within 2–3 months after surgery and may continue to improve for up to 6 months afterwards.

Some complications associated with liposuction include infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve damage and fluid accumulation (seroma) however, complications from liposuction are rare. Consult with a qualified plastic surgeon to determine if liposuction is the right procedure for you.

What is MicroAire’s (PAL) Power-Assisted Liposuction System?

Power-Assisted Liposuction System is designed for small -or large- volume fat extraction, body contouring, and fat harvesting.

It is the most widely used and preferred alternative to manual liposuction.

PAL’s smooth reciprocating cannulas glide through tissue, reducing the amount of physical effort required during liposuction, thus reducing O.R. time.

Reciprocation increases control, helping the surgeon gently guide the cannula with greater accuracy, even through dense fibrous tissue. The result is a faster procedure, less fatigue and more precise outcomes.

What Does The Surgery Involve?

Before your lipo surgery to ensure great long-term results, consider your lifestyle habits. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine can help ensure long-term results from liposuction. In addition, patients should be aware of any pre-operative instructions given by our doctor prior to surgery, such as avoiding certain medications or supplements that may interfere with healing after the procedure.

Step 1: Anesthesia

The first procedural step is sedation or general anesthesia administered by a certified anesthesiologist. The doctor will also monitor your heart, blood pressure, pulse, and oxygen levels to ensure that you are safe during the procedure.

Step 2: Incisions, Aspiration & Fat Removal

The surgeon makes tiny incisions (no more than 2 mm) in the natural body creases (groin, belly button). Through these incisions, he infiltrates tumescent solution to minimize bruising, prevent bleeding and numb the area.

Before extraction, the surgeon uses a cannula that is good for breaking up the fat cells.

Right after, Dr. Stavrou uses an extraction cannula. With the help of reciprocation, the cannula can move effortlessly through the fat, with little to no resistance. The holes in the tip of the cannula are constantly moving across the fat in order to remove part of it in an even way without creating contour deformities. Also, the surgeon can move back and forth very carefully, resulting in little to no bruising.

Step 3: Closing the Incision

Lastly, the tiny incisions are cleaned and sutured together. Then, they are covered with tape strips.

Advantages of Power-Assisted Liposuction Surgery

  • Less bruising, swelling and trauma.
  • Increased patient comfort and improved safety.
  • Unlike ultrasound or laser liposuction, PAL is not heat-based, so there’s no risk of patient burns.
  • The healing process is faster because connective tissue is not destroyed.
  • Improved surgeon precision for body sculpting and contouring.
  • Faster procedure compared to manual liposuction.


After liposuction, mild discomfort requiring oral pain medication and swelling is expected for some days. Mild bruising and swelling is expected for 2-3 weeks. Numbness and overall tiredness is also common for a few weeks after surgery.

Patients undergoing liposuction are provided with a compression garment. The patient should wear the garment for up to 3 weeks. The garment reduces fluid collection, speeds up the healing process and helps with the patient’s new body curves.

Some patients return to work within a few days, but for most patients, full activities can resume after a few weeks.

It can take from 3 months to up to a year for all surgical swelling to subside and for the final liposuction results to be apparent.

The results are long-term, although potential changes in the patient’s body weight or a future pregnancy can alter the outcome.

Follow-up visits with Dr. Stavrou will continue for at least a year after the procedure.



2 hours

Anaesthesia Used

General Anaesthetic

Hospital Stay

Day Surgery

Pre Admission Tests

Blood Tests and Electrocardiogram


2-3 weeks


A few days


2 weeks

Final Result

3 months

Who is a Good Candidate for Liposuction?



  • Patients with moderate, stubborn fat deposits on hips, belly, thighs, neck, chin, arms or chest that do not respond to diet or exercise.
  • Patients who feel like certain body areas are out of proportion with the rest of their figure and need to balance out the body contour differences.
  • Patients with firm and elastic skin so that the skin will contract to the body’s new contours.
  • Patients who are close to their ideal body weight can be good candidates too. Typically, patients should be within 30% of their ideal weight.

However, it’s important that you make sure you have realistic expectations about what liposuction can do for you; it cannot address issues related to skin laxity or cellulite dimpling on its own but may be combined with other procedures like tummy tuck or thigh lift for more comprehensive body contouring result.

The liposuction procedure can’t address the loose, sagging skin. To improve these issues, other body contouring procedures, such as a tummy tuck or body lift, may be better options.

If you want to lose a significant amount of weight by undergoing a liposuction procedure, you are mistaken. Liposuction is not an alternative to weight loss. It can improve your shape, make you appear more fit, and sculpt a beautifully natural contour to the body.

If you are considering liposuction, speak to our surgeon who will ensure that you understand the risks and potential complications associated with the procedure, such as infection, scarring, and fluid accumulation. 

What our patients say!

Rhinoplasty. Dr. Stavrou did an excellent job with my nose, the results are incredible, as good as the ones he has posted on his social pages. I had no pain after the surgery, no complications, everything went smoothly. The recovery was very fast, like 3 weeks. Dr. Stavrou was very kind and professional, I felt very comfortable with him and his team. I trusted him since the first meeting. I highly recommend him to everyone.
Natalie Arsalide
Natalie Arsalide
April 18, 2022.
Dr.Stavrou goes above and beyond to be helpful throughout the whole experience. Overall I am very happy with my results as it is everything I envisioned and more.
Roberta Mifsud
Roberta Mifsud
March 24, 2022.
Edit: I thought I'd add to my review after 1+ year post operation! I got my nose done by Dr Stavrou 27 months ago. The results are beyond excellent and I couldn't ask for better service from the doctor and the team! For anyone who's wondering, almost all of the swelling and bruising was gone after 2 weeks and my nose currently looks like it did about a month after the operation. I highly recommend him!! Old review: Today is the 10th day after my rhinoplasty with Dr Stavrou. Dr Stavrou operated on me following a functional rhinoplasty performed by my otolaryngologist. It was a painless experience and the results have exceeded my expectations! It hasn't affected my daily activities apart from the fact that I was not allowed to work out excessively. The swelling and bruising has almost disappeared completely. The results are excellent and I finally have a nose that complements my face. Not to mention the entire team was very helpful! Thank you so much Dr Stavrou!
Christina Kakoulli
Christina Kakoulli
March 4, 2022.
Ήθελα εδώ και χρόνια να κάνω μείωση στήθους και η αλήθεια δεν το τολμούσα. Είχα ακούσει τα καλύτερα λόγια για τον Δρ. Δημήτρη Σταύρου και το αποφάσισα. Είναι ένας εξαιρετικός γιατρός αφοσιωμένος στην δουλειά του και με επαγγελματισμό σου δίνει το καλύτερο αποτέλεσμα. Για μένα το αποτέλεσμα είναι ένα μικρό θαύμα νιώθω υπέροχα! Γιατρέ σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ για το άψογο αποτέλεσμα. Εύχομαι καλή συνέχεια και με την καταπληκτική σου δουλειά να κάνεις χαρούμενους ανθρώπους.
Demetra Demetriou
Demetra Demetriou
February 7, 2022.
After years of not feeling so confident , due to my breast size I met Dr. Stavrou and from my first consultation I knew he was the right doctor for my procedure. Totally calm and assertive , he guided me to the correct choice, resulting in a perfect outcome making me feel not only extremely confident now but also natural ! I highly recommend him to any women who is facing similar issues. Dr Stavrou thank you once again !!
Tekla Madar
Tekla Madar
January 23, 2022.
Η περίπτωση μου ήταν λιγότερο συχνή και διαφορετική από αυτές που ακούμε στην καθημερινότητά μας. Μεγάλες αυξομειώσεις βάρους (40-50 κιλά) μετά από δύο βαριατρικές επεμβάσεις για αντιμετώπιση της νοσογόνου παχυσαρκίας, με αποτέλεσμα την υπερβολική χαλάρωση του δέρματος σε πολλά σημεία του σώματος. Είχα την τύχη να ακούσω για το Δρ. Σταύρου από φιλικά άτομα, και όταν αποφάσισα να επισκεφτώ πλαστικό χειρούργο ήταν ο πρώτος που πήγα και εκεί άκουσα και έμαθα για το body contouring. Ακολούθησαν πολλά ραντεβού, άπειρες ερωτήσεις, απορίες και φόβος από την πλευρά μου. Όλες οι απαντήσεις του Δρ. Σταύρου άμεσες και ειλικρινείς, ακόμα και αυτές που δε μιλούσαν για βελτίωση όπως ήθελα να ακούσω! Καμιά απάντηση δε δόθηκε απλά για να μου «χαϊδέψει» τα αυτιά. Ο ίδιος με παρότρυνε να επισκεφτώ και άλλους πλαστικούς για να ακούσω και άλλες γνώμες. Τελικά, ήταν ο μόνος που με έπεισε, ο μόνος που μπορούσε να καθησυχάσει το φόβο, το άγχος και την αγωνία μου και ο μόνος που είχε απάντηση σε ότι τον ρωτούσα και έτσι ακολούθησα το ένστικτό μου και επέλεξα τον Δρ. Σταύρου για να προχωρήσουμε μαζί σε όλο αυτό που αποφάσισα να κάνω. Ήξερα από την αρχή ότι τα χειρουργεία θα ήταν πολύωρα και αυτό με φόβιζε περισσότερο αλλά ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που με την ηρεμία του με καθησύχαζε. Σε περίοδο έξι μηνών υποβλήθηκα σε δύο πολύωρα χειρουργεία. Η μετεγχειρητική μου πορεία και στις δύο επεμβάσεις ήταν η καλύτερη δυνατή και η ανάρρωση πολύ πιο εύκολη από όσο περίμενα και από όσο προετοιμάστηκα ψυχολογικά να αντέξω. Όλα όσα μου είπε ο Δρ. Σταύρου για τη μετεγχειρητική πορεία, τον πόνο και την ταλαιπωρία, δεν ειπώθηκαν απλά για να με «παρηγορήσουν» να μη φοβάμαι και να μην ανησυχώ. Ήταν όλα ειλικρινή και αντικειμενικά. Όπως ακριβώς μου τα περιέγραψε, έτσι ακριβώς έγιναν. Ακόμα και στα θέματα που αφορούσαν τη ψυχολογία μου ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που ήρεμος, μετρημένος και χαμογελαστός με καθησύχαζε. Γιατί όταν ένα άτομο μπαίνει στη διαδικασία να αρχίσει κάτι τόσο σημαντικό, δε μετράει μόνο το να είσαι άψογος σαν επαγγελματίας απέναντί του, αλλά και το να γνωρίζεις τη ψυχολογία του ασθενή σου ανάλογα με την κάθε περίπτωση και ο Δρ. Σταύρου κατέχει την πρώτη θέση και στα δύο!! Αισθάνομαι τυχερή που επέλεξα να εμπιστευτώ στα χέρια του γιατρού Δρ. Σταύρου την αποκατάσταση του σώματός μου και που ο φόβος δεν με απέτρεψε από το να αποφασίσω να κάνω όλα όσα η περίπτωσή μου απαιτούσε, ώστε να έχω το καλύτερο δυνατό αποτέλεσμα. Θα ήταν άδικο αν ο φόβος και η ανησυχία για τα πολύωρα χειρουργεία, τον πόνο και την ανάρρωση δε με άφηναν να έχω κάτι καλύτερο. Γιατρέ μου σε ευχαριστώ για όλα! Συνέχισε το λειτούργημα που κάνεις με τον ίδιο ακριβώς τρόπο που το κάνεις γιατί είναι σπάνια και μεγάλη αρετή να έχεις την ικανότητα και τη δύναμη να χαρίζεις τόσα πολλά χαμόγελα στους ανθρώπους!
Chryso Κ
Chryso Κ
January 22, 2022.
I empiria mou me tin epemvasi rinoplastikis itan arketa apotelesma mou einai ekseretiko aksizi ton kopo!! o giatros mu poli kalos kai eksipiretiko olo to prosopiko! Den ixa kanena idietero pono oute taleporia mono 2-3 meres imun pio prosektiki meta itan ola mia xara, stin evdomada ekana oles tis kathimerines drastiriotites pu ekana kai prin..aksizi ton kopo kai me to parapano tha to ksanakana!!🙂
eleni tirimou
eleni tirimou
January 21, 2022.

Where Will The Surgery Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs liposuction surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus, Greece and Malta.

The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses only state-of-the-art medical equipment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for all the patients.

After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.


Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Meet Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Dr. Stavrou is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery since 2012. He was trained in top Medical Institutions in Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel. He has extensive experience in all types of plastic surgery and an artistic eye. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in cosmetic procedures.


Can I combine liposuction with other procedures?

Liposuction can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as lifts (arm lift, thigh lift, etc.), abdominoplasty, or a breast reduction. The recovery times will take longer for combined cosmetic surgeries.

Liposuction can also treat medical conditions, like gynecomastia (male breasts) and lipedema, or remove benign fatty tumors.

How many treatments do I need?

Most patients only need one treatment at the clinic or hospital. However, some may benefit from more than one treatment depending on how much laxity they have and their body’s own biological response to the ultrasound and the collagen-building process.

Is liposuction painful?

In general, liposuction is not considered a painful procedure and the healing process is relatively fast.

Patient responses indicated an average postoperative pain level of 1 to 3 on the second or third day after surgery.

Almost all patients can resume their presurgical routines by the tenth postoperative day, depending on the extent and number of treatment sites.

Read our article if liposuction is dangerous.

Does insurance cover liposuction?

Health insurance usually does not cover liposuction surgery costs as it is a cosmetic procedure. Talk to your insurance provider for more information.

How long does liposuction surgery take?

The duration of the liposuction procedure depends on the technique the plastic surgeon will use and whether it is performed in one or more parts of the body.

What is the cost of liposuction?

Liposuction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that requires a talented plastic surgeon with outstanding experience in performing plastic operations. Thus, the priority for every patient who wants to undergo a safe cosmetic procedure is to find a board-certified and experienced plastic surgeon.

The cost of liposuction ranges based on the country and the experience of the doctor. In general, liposuction procedure may include the below charges:

  • Tests
  • Anesthesia
  • Surgeon fee
  • Hospital costs
  • Post-surgical treatment
  • Post-op garment
Because liposuction is an individualized procedure, outcomes can vary among patients. Hence, it’s essential to discuss what results you can achieve before having liposuction, so you know what to expect after the procedure. For more information, you need to reach out to Dr. Stavrou and his expert team in liposuction and body contouring procedures:
  • Cyprus, Nicosia & Limassol: 70088002 or +357 97873787
  • Greece, Athens: +30 6971881572
  • Malta, Sliema: +356 79317641

Are liposuction results permanent?

Liposuction can provide long-lasting results, but it is essential to maintain a healthy lifestyle to preserve the outcome. The procedure permanently removes fat cells from specific areas of the body, leading to a more sculpted appearance. However, if a person gains weight after liposuction, the remaining fat cells can still expand, affecting the overall results. Adhering to a balanced diet and regular exercise routine can help maintain the benefits of liposuction over time.

Can liposuction get rid of cellulite?

Liposuction is not specifically designed to eliminate cellulite. While liposuction can remove excess fat from targeted areas, it may not significantly improve the appearance of cellulite. Alternative treatments, such as laser therapy or radiofrequency treatments, are often more effective in addressing cellulite.

Can I do liposuction twice?

In some cases, it is possible to undergo liposuction more than once. Individuals may opt for a second liposuction procedure if they have additional areas of concern or if they desire further refinement after the initial surgery. However, it’s crucial to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon to assess your specific situation and ensure that you are a suitable candidate for a repeat procedure.

Can I get liposuction on my face?

Yes, liposuction can be performed on the face to remove excess fat and improve facial contours. Facial liposuction is commonly used to address areas like the double chin or chubby cheeks. The procedure is typically less invasive than body liposuction, and smaller cannulas are used for more precise results. As with any surgery, it is crucial to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to determine if you are a suitable candidate for facial liposuction.

Should I shave before liposuction?

In most cases, shaving the treatment area is not necessary before liposuction. Your surgeon and their medical team will handle the preparation of the treatment area before the procedure. It is essential to follow your surgeon’s pre-operative instructions, which may include guidelines on hygiene, clothing, and skincare before the surgery.

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