Liposuction involves the removal of localised fat cells from the body. Our doctor can consult and provide all levels of liposuction. From small area, minimally invasive, local anesthesia procedure.
Liposuction works because it removes fat cells permanently. After puberty our bodies do not create new fat cells, instead when you gain weight you expand the fat cells you already have. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells to improve your body's contour. Should you gain weight after liposuction, it goes to the fat cells that remain in your body. The fatty deposits that existed prior to liposuction are unlikely to balloon up out of proportion to the surrounding areas. For that reason it is better to think of liposculpture as permanent body contouring or body reshaping rather than a permanent weight loss or fat removal procedure.The most frequent areas treated by liposuction in men are the waist, chest, abdomen and neckline. In women they include the upper and lower back, arms, thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, knees, lower leg, cheeks, and double chins.
What happens during the liposuction procedure?
In the liposuction procedure a suction tube is inserted through a tiny incision (approx 3-4mm) placed in an inconspicuous location on the skin. Under vacuum, fat cells are extracted through this tube. The result is a re-sculpting of bulging areas into more attractive contours.
Who should have liposuction?
Some practitioners will only encourage people with an average weight, localized fat collections, and healthy elastic skin to have liposuction. There is no doubt that these people are the best candidates for liposuction. However, there are methods that can help people who are overweight, have cellulite, or loose sagging skin.
But this is not so in every case, so a consultation is the best option. Other techniques of body contouring such as a tummy tuck or thigh lift may provide a better result. Also, Liposuction may be used in conjunction with other body contouring procedures, such as breast reductions, tummy tucks, thigh-lifts or arm lifts.
How is the procedure priced?
Many define the areas to be treated as single units being, each of: the neck, both upper arms, the upper abdomen, the lower abdomen, both love handles, both outer thighs, both inner thighs, the front of both thighs, both knees, both side of the upper back (the bra bulge). This pricing method rapidly causes cost to increase. We tend to give an overall quote and most of our costs are around $3000-$5000. We have done work for as low as $2000 and we are generally regarded as the most affordable in Sydney because we have lower overheads.
How is the operation performed?
Liposuction is mostly performed in an outpatient setting. The procedure will last from 2 to 4 hours, depending on how many body areas are treated. Usually, all that is needed to safely and comfortably perform the procedure is local anaesthetic with sedation. A small incision is made and a blunt-tipped cannula is inserted. We use a power assisted system that better breaks down the body fat and allows us to then suction out the disrupted fat. Following surgery, a firm elasticized garment is used to provide compression and reduce swelling.
What can I expect after the operation?
The post procedure recovery will vary from patient to patient. Generally, pain medication would be required for the first 2-3 days. There will be some swelling and possibly some bruising. This will be improved after the first week. However, it could persist for six to eight weeks and you will be required to wear a compression garment for six weeks. Normal activity may be resumed at one to two weeks and exercise at two to four weeks. Persistent swelling and irregularities may be present for several months. Antibiotics will be prescribed, they should be taken as directed.
Is hospitalisation necessary?
Hospitalisation is not usually necessary.
Is there an age limit for this operation?
No, people under 40 years of age usually get the very best results because their skin is tighter. However, the state of the skin remains the determining factor, regardless of age.
Are bandages applied?
On the first night you will have absorption bandages under your compression garments. These will soon be discarded.
What do I do after the procedure?
Light massage is started after the first week. Walking, swimming, or a stationary bicycle can usually begin a few days after surgery. Exercises are recommended after the initial period in order to minimize the adhesions between the skin and the deeper tissues.
When can I return to work?
In general, 3-5 days after the operation for office work, and 14 days for more active employment. This will depend on the amount of liposuction and the type of work.
Should I follow a special diet?
In order to have the best results, it is good to shave a well-balanced diet, including carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and not to overeat salty or fatty foods.
When can I get out in the sun again?
When all the bruises have disappeared. This takes about two to three weeks. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 at all times, in any case.
Are the results permanent?
Yes. If you gain weight, however, the operated area will also increase but not as much as would have occurred before the operation. Rippling may also occur with large weight gain.
What about scars?
For the first 2 months, your scars may be red and possibly raised and firm. As the scar matures, (after 6 months) it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable. You may experience numbness, tingling, burning, "crawling," or other peculiar sensations. These will pass and are the result of the healing of tiny fibers growing in the scar.
Some people are prone to keloids which are abnormal scars that become prominent and unsightly with time. If you or a blood relative has a tendency to keloid, extra care will be needed and you will need to notify the Doctor.
What happens to the excess skin?
Depending upon the age of the patient, the skin, because of its elasticity and retraction, will shrink over the reduced area of the body. Older or excess skin may require subsequent surgery to obtain the desired result.
There are other methods that will help reduce skin laxity and these should be considered in conjunction with the procedure. We recommend Endermologie for its proven cost effective results.