Photo-Features helped Natalie Choppy tell her true story to the Daily Mirror about her addiction to liposuction surgery. Many women now would rather have Liposuction surgery rather than diet the conventional way. It is debatable whether Liporexia is the most dangerous slimming craze ever. You can read Natalie’s full story below.

Has Natalie found a way to have her cake and eat it? Kelly Strange investigates the growing number of women ‘addicted’ to liposuction.

Popping another biscuit into her mouth, mum to be Natalie Choppy didn’t think twice about the effort it would take to lose her baby weight.

While other expectant mothers fret about ever being able to fit into their jeans again, Natalie knew she didn’t have to worry.

Because even before falling pregnant with her second child, Natalie had already discussed having her baby fat sucked out with her surgeon.

Next month she will have liposuction to her stomach, thighs and hips to restore her body to it’s pre baby glory.

The latest op will take the number of areas she’s had worked on to TEN and Natalie is the first to admit she is addicted to the buzz she gets from liposuction.

‘I know some people will criticise me for having so much liposuction, but believe me I’ve tried the hard way and it didn’t work.

‘Liposuction is the perfect diet solution for me. I still get to enjoy the food I eat, spend time with my family instead of the gym and keep a nice figure. I loved my pregnancy knowing I’d get my body back at the end of it

‘There’s nothing like the buzz you get from liposuction. You get a huge rush when you see your body improved so dramatically and so quickly. The confidence boost is exhilarating and I think most people who’d have had liposuction will know why I find it so addictive.’

Childcare worker Natalie, 33, is one of a growing band of so called liporexics – women who admit they are addicted to liposuction and rely on it to keep in shape.

Last year former Big Brother contestant Chanelle Hayes admitted she was addicted to the procedure.

She had her first bout of liposuction in March 2008 losing a stone of fat from her legs and bottom.

Just six months after her son was born last year she went back under the knife for more liposuction in the same area at a clinic in Belgium.

She told a magazine before her last operation: ‘ I’m hooked. When I see how much weight comes off and how quickly my body changes, it gives me a lift and spurs me on. It’s such a buzz.’

Dr Eileen Bradbury, a consultant psychologist at the Alexandra hospital in Cheadle near Manchester, treats patients who have become hooked on cosmetic procedures.

‘People can become addicted to the anticipation, the excitement and the attention they receive.

‘There is a short-lived result of feeling fabulous. But the post procedure high fades, life goes back to normal and all the mundane problems come back so you need to go for another fix.’

But consultant surgeon Patrick Mallucci insists women who claim to be ‘addicted’ to liposuction are using the term loosely.

‘I think it’s more likely that we have here is a growing number of women who’ve have had a great first result and are asking themselves where else on their body can they can achieve a similar good result.’

Her performs several liposuction operations every week at his clinic, London Plastic Surgery Associates.

‘Patients are usually quite tentative when they take their first steps in cosmetic surgery but after one operation, the fear has gone, they’ve had a positive experience and decide they want something else done because it’s no longer a big deal for them.

He said all patients were screened to ensure they mentally and physically well enough for surgery as a matter of course. ‘Alarm bells don’t ring just because a patient has had surgery before; alarm bells ring if the patient has totally unrealistic expectations.

‘As long as liposuction is being used for the right reason – to treat stubborn areas – in a measured way there’s no problem with repeat procedures.’

He said most repeat customers would be seeking to achieve similar results on other areas of their body.

‘There’s no reason for the same area to be operated on again unless the patient has regained a significant amount of weight.’

He also warned against already slim women seeking the procedure: ‘If a woman doesn’t have enough fat or the same area is worked on over and over it will cause the skin to appear pitted and dented. It’s not nice.’

But Jenny Fowler of Lets Face It Together who organised Natalie’s surgery is confident she will achieve a good result.

‘Natalie is the perfect candidate because she is committed to healthy eating and moderate exercise, but when she regains weight, as she did with the pregnancy, she struggles to lose it again from her problem areas and only surgery can fix that. When Natalie jokes that she’s addicted, what she means is nothing else works for her.’

Natalie got her first taste for the procedure when she was 31 and slimming for her wedding to Mark, 37.

‘I’d never been happy with my body but my job as a broker in London meant my eating habits were terrible and revolved around restaurants and fast food.’

‘I’m only 5ft 3ins my weight crept up to 16 stone and a dress size 18. I would not have walked down the aisle in a size 18 dress.

Natalie tried various diets but lost heart when the weight didn’t come off quick enough, so with her confidence in tatters she arranged a consultation.

‘As soon as he got the pen out and started drawing on my wobbly bits I got a massive rush. The body I wanted was finally within my reach. I couldn’t fail, this was guaranteed. ’

Mark paid for the £4000 operation as an early wedding present.

In March 2009 Natalie flew to Belgium and had fat sucked from seven parts of her body.

‘Yes I was in pain after, but I cannot tell you how excited I was. I’d spent years trying to lose weight and now I had shrunk overnight. Who wouldn’t be excited?

Before she even left Belgium Natalie had already decided she wanted more liposuction.

‘I told the surgeon I was planning another baby and he said he could operate again three months after the birth.

Back home after her first operation Natalie lost three stone over 12 weeks and was a size 12 when she walked down the aisle.

‘I felt absolutely amazing. It was a dream come true because I had never been that slim in my life.’

Just two months after their wedding in 2009 Natalie discovered she was pregnant and contacted her surgeon.

‘I could really relax and enjoy my pregnancy knowing I wasn’t going to suffer with my weight the way I had before. It dominated every aspect of my life, but liposuction changed all that. It’s no wonder I love it so much.

‘I know lots of women who have regular liposuction.

Transform, one of the leading providers of surgery in the UK reported a 17 per cent increase in liposuction operations since last May.

Of those patients, 21 per cent were repeat customers.

Transform statistics reveal that the most popular areas for repeat liposuction are thighs, stomach and hips.

Spokesperson Shami Thomas said: “We’re seeing increasing numbers of women coming to Transform for repeat liposuction procedures on different parts of the body and it looks as though the trend is becoming more and more popular.

“Although we actively discourage women from using liposuction as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, the procedure is highly effective at helping to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to tone up and the effects are almost instant – meaning many women see the procedure as a highly effective ‘quick-fix’.

“However, even though many women come to us for repeat liposuction – for example, they may come for liposuction on their thighs, love the results and come back to us for treatment on their hips to create a contoured shape – Transform would turn away any patient I felt was becoming reliant or addicted to the procedure.”

But Jill* says her addiction to liposuction has put her in debt and caused conflict with her family. She’s had four operations abroad since 2008

‘I’d battled with my weight all my life and was a size 18 when I first tried liposuction.

‘I couldn’t stick to diets and though I knew it wouldn’t make me really slim my surgeon agreed it would motivate me to carry on losing weight.

‘He was right. After seeing all the fat that was sucked out I ate much healthier foods and lost three stone.

But then in 2010 Jill* went on a cruise and came back a stone heavier. ‘I felt disgusting. My stomach was huge so I took out a small loan and flew back to have it sucked out three months later.

Since then she’s returned for liposuction to her chin and arms and is planning more work on her thighs.

‘My husband isn’t happy and thinks it’s a waste of money. We had a huge row about me getting a loan for my arms, which is daft because it’s still cheaper than a 12-month gym membership in Essex.

‘I didn’t tell him about my double chin. He thought I’d gone on a girls weekend and I won’t tell him about my thighs either.

Next month Natalie will spend three days in Belgium having the baby fat sucked out and plans to speak to the surgeon about a follow up trip next year to get her arms done.

‘I’ll probably use liposuction to keep my figure for the rest of my life but I’m happy and healthy so what can people say?

‘Liposuction really has changed my life. I’d recommend it to anyone, but I’d warn them it’s addictive.’
Photo-Features helped Natalie Choppy tell her true story to the Daily Mirror about her addiction to liposuction surgery. Many women now would rather have Liposuction surgery rather than diet the conventional way. It is debatable whether Liporexia is the most dangerous slimming craze ever. You can read Natalie’s full story below.

Has Natalie found a way to have her cake and eat it? Kelly Strange investigates the growing number of women ‘addicted’ to liposuction.

Popping another biscuit into her mouth, mum to be Natalie Choppy didn’t think twice about the effort it would take to lose her baby weight.

While other expectant mothers fret about ever being able to fit into their jeans again, Natalie knew she didn’t have to worry.

Because even before falling pregnant with her second child, Natalie had already discussed having her baby fat sucked out with her surgeon.

Next month she will have liposuction to her stomach, thighs and hips to restore her body to it’s pre baby glory.

The latest op will take the number of areas she’s had worked on to TEN and Natalie is the first to admit she is addicted to the buzz she gets from liposuction.

‘I know some people will criticise me for having so much liposuction, but believe me I’ve tried the hard way and it didn’t work.

‘Liposuction is the perfect diet solution for me. I still get to enjoy the food I eat, spend time with my family instead of the gym and keep a nice figure. I loved my pregnancy knowing I’d get my body back at the end of it

‘There’s nothing like the buzz you get from liposuction. You get a huge rush when you see your body improved so dramatically and so quickly. The confidence boost is exhilarating and I think most people who’d have had liposuction will know why I find it so addictive.’

Childcare worker Natalie, 33, is one of a growing band of so called liporexics – women who admit they are addicted to liposuction and rely on it to keep in shape.

Last year former Big Brother contestant Chanelle Hayes admitted she was addicted to the procedure.

She had her first bout of liposuction in March 2008 losing a stone of fat from her legs and bottom.

Just six months after her son was born last year she went back under the knife for more liposuction in the same area at a clinic in Belgium.

She told a magazine before her last operation: ‘ I’m hooked. When I see how much weight comes off and how quickly my body changes, it gives me a lift and spurs me on. It’s such a buzz.’

Dr Eileen Bradbury, a consultant psychologist at the Alexandra hospital in Cheadle near Manchester, treats patients who have become hooked on cosmetic procedures.

‘People can become addicted to the anticipation, the excitement and the attention they receive.

‘There is a short-lived result of feeling fabulous. But the post procedure high fades, life goes back to normal and all the mundane problems come back so you need to go for another fix.’

But consultant surgeon Patrick Mallucci insists women who claim to be ‘addicted’ to liposuction are using the term loosely.

‘I think it’s more likely that we have here is a growing number of women who’ve have had a great first result and are asking themselves where else on their body can they can achieve a similar good result.’

Her performs several liposuction operations every week at his clinic, London Plastic Surgery Associates.

‘Patients are usually quite tentative when they take their first steps in cosmetic surgery but after one operation, the fear has gone, they’ve had a positive experience and decide they want something else done because it’s no longer a big deal for them.

He said all patients were screened to ensure they mentally and physically well enough for surgery as a matter of course. ‘Alarm bells don’t ring just because a patient has had surgery before; alarm bells ring if the patient has totally unrealistic expectations.

‘As long as liposuction is being used for the right reason – to treat stubborn areas – in a measured way there’s no problem with repeat procedures.’

He said most repeat customers would be seeking to achieve similar results on other areas of their body.

‘There’s no reason for the same area to be operated on again unless the patient has regained a significant amount of weight.’

He also warned against already slim women seeking the procedure: ‘If a woman doesn’t have enough fat or the same area is worked on over and over it will cause the skin to appear pitted and dented. It’s not nice.’

But Jenny Fowler of Lets Face It Together who organised Natalie’s surgery is confident she will achieve a good result.

‘Natalie is the perfect candidate because she is committed to healthy eating and moderate exercise, but when she regains weight, as she did with the pregnancy, she struggles to lose it again from her problem areas and only surgery can fix that. When Natalie jokes that she’s addicted, what she means is nothing else works for her.’

Natalie got her first taste for the procedure when she was 31 and slimming for her wedding to Mark, 37.

‘I’d never been happy with my body but my job as a broker in London meant my eating habits were terrible and revolved around restaurants and fast food.’

‘I’m only 5ft 3ins my weight crept up to 16 stone and a dress size 18. I would not have walked down the aisle in a size 18 dress.

Natalie tried various diets but lost heart when the weight didn’t come off quick enough, so with her confidence in tatters she arranged a consultation.

‘As soon as he got the pen out and started drawing on my wobbly bits I got a massive rush. The body I wanted was finally within my reach. I couldn’t fail, this was guaranteed. ’

Mark paid for the £4000 operation as an early wedding present.

In March 2009 Natalie flew to Belgium and had fat sucked from seven parts of her body.

‘Yes I was in pain after, but I cannot tell you how excited I was. I’d spent years trying to lose weight and now I had shrunk overnight. Who wouldn’t be excited?

Before she even left Belgium Natalie had already decided she wanted more liposuction.

‘I told the surgeon I was planning another baby and he said he could operate again three months after the birth.

Back home after her first operation Natalie lost three stone over 12 weeks and was a size 12 when she walked down the aisle.

‘I felt absolutely amazing. It was a dream come true because I had never been that slim in my life.’

Just two months after their wedding in 2009 Natalie discovered she was pregnant and contacted her surgeon.

‘I could really relax and enjoy my pregnancy knowing I wasn’t going to suffer with my weight the way I had before. It dominated every aspect of my life, but liposuction changed all that. It’s no wonder I love it so much.

‘I know lots of women who have regular liposuction.

Transform, one of the leading providers of surgery in the UK reported a 17 per cent increase in liposuction operations since last May.

Of those patients, 21 per cent were repeat customers.

Transform statistics reveal that the most popular areas for repeat liposuction are thighs, stomach and hips.

Spokesperson Shami Thomas said: “We’re seeing increasing numbers of women coming to Transform for repeat liposuction procedures on different parts of the body and it looks as though the trend is becoming more and more popular.

“Although we actively discourage women from using liposuction as a substitute for a healthy diet and exercise, the procedure is highly effective at helping to remove stubborn pockets of fat that are difficult to tone up and the effects are almost instant – meaning many women see the procedure as a highly effective ‘quick-fix’.

“However, even though many women come to us for repeat liposuction – for example, they may come for liposuction on their thighs, love the results and come back to us for treatment on their hips to create a contoured shape – Transform would turn away any patient I felt was becoming reliant or addicted to the procedure.”

But Jill* says her addiction to liposuction has put her in debt and caused conflict with her family. She’s had four operations abroad since 2008

‘I’d battled with my weight all my life and was a size 18 when I first tried liposuction.

‘I couldn’t stick to diets and though I knew it wouldn’t make me really slim my surgeon agreed it would motivate me to carry on losing weight.

‘He was right. After seeing all the fat that was sucked out I ate much healthier foods and lost three stone.

But then in 2010 Jill* went on a cruise and came back a stone heavier. ‘I felt disgusting. My stomach was huge so I took out a small loan and flew back to have it sucked out three months later.

Since then she’s returned for liposuction to her chin and arms and is planning more work on her thighs.

‘My husband isn’t happy and thinks it’s a waste of money. We had a huge row about me getting a loan for my arms, which is daft because it’s still cheaper than a 12-month gym membership in Essex.

‘I didn’t tell him about my double chin. He thought I’d gone on a girls weekend and I won’t tell him about my thighs either.

Next month Natalie will spend three days in Belgium having the baby fat sucked out and plans to speak to the surgeon about a follow up trip next year to get her arms done.

‘I’ll probably use liposuction to keep my figure for the rest of my life but I’m happy and healthy so what can people say?

‘Liposuction really has changed my life. I’d recommend it to anyone, but I’d warn them it’s addictive.’