This surgical body-sculpting treatment has been around since the 1970s but while techniques have become more sophisticated over the years, it is still a serious operation with a number of potential side effects.Many think lipo is a permanent way to banish fat or a fast route to a bikini body but this is simply not true.

Traditional liposuction is a major procedure requiring a hospital stay and a general anaesthetic with all the attendant risks.

There is usually significant bruising afterwards and the final results may not be seen for four to six months when any post-operative swelling has subsided.

So what other options are available if you want to sculpt your shape or remove stubborn pockets of fat?