Body Contouring using Liposuction and Liposculpture
Dr Douglas McNamamny is our team’s leading surgical specialist for body contouring using Liposuction and Liposculpture procedures. Our Plastic Surgeons operate at accredited major hospitals in Melbourne using only experienced anaesthetists and a top team of surgical support staff.
What does Liposuction actually do?
Liposuction has long been mistakenly understood by potential patients to be a “fat-reduction” surgical procedure. But this description is actually incorrect.
Liposuction is a procedure that helps to improve — and change — the SHAPE or contours of various areas of your body.
The purpose of liposuction when used alone is to create a shapelier figure by smoothing away bulges or unsightly fat deposits that interrupt the body’s natural contours (naturally balanced curves).
How is Liposuction surgery performed (what equipment is used)?
Men and women of many different ages are choosing liposuction to redefine their bodies for ‘problem areas’ of exercise-resistant fat stores. It is not a ‘one style fits all sizes’ procedure. Each body surgery and liposuction sculpting procedure is fully customised by our highly-qualified Surgical Specialists to meet the unique needs of each individual patient.
Our expert Surgeons use minimally invasive surgical techniques and may recommend combined procedures to get you the best liposuction results. Minimally invasive techniques involve the creation of very small incisions, which will act or become “access points” for the stainless steel surgical cannula(s).
A Liposuction cannula is a thin, stainless steel rod that has needle-like holes on one side. The cannula is attached to a pump that extracts the excess fat contained in the tissue stored between the body’s skin and muscle tissues. This steel cannula is then pushed in and out of the incisions in your skin, usually in a ‘fan’ type of pattern.
The cannula essentially creates a series of tunnels in the underlying fatty area, which break down following your Liposuction surgery. This is the tissue-changing process that produces the reshaped appearance of the surface area that has been contoured using Liposuction.
The fat removed during the liposuction procedure is collected in the pump container.
Liposuction may be used in other procedures for men and women
Liposuction body surgery used alone as a contouring technique is very effective, but it can also be used in conjunction with other surgical procedures to improve your surgical outcome.
Our Specialist Body Surgeons regularly use liposuction in abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) procedures, brachioplasty (arm lifts), breast augmentation or breast lift surgeries, breast reductions and facial enhancement procedures.
Liposuction is also typically combined with male breast reduction procedures to reduce protruding breasts tissue on men (“male boobs” or “moobs”).
In an abdominoplasty ‘tummy tuck’ procedure, the patients’ original bellybutton (umbilical stalk) is preserved in the process. The newly created bellybutton that appears on the surface, is often sutured to the abdominal wall muscles underneath the skin where the umbilical stalk starts.
Our Team of SpecialistsMlovic and Dr Craig Rubinstein are two of our team’s top Tummy Tuck Experts, and they use the ‘suction assisted‘ liposuction technique to improve the shape of the upper tummy and hips and contour around the new navel indentation.
Their combined surgical methods and liposuction techniques allows for the creation of a more natural looking bellybuttons and smoother outcomes for our patients.
Liposuction is often used as a tool to reduce fatty deposits surrounding the breasts (during breast reduction procedures for men or women), and it is often combined with certain breast augmentation procedures.
An example of liposuction need is for reducing the pocket of fat that often forms between the breast and armpit, which results in excess fat that hangs over a bra strap or the seams of a tank top.
A brachioplasty (arm lift) surgery is a procedure designed to reduce the loose skin and fat that hangs off the upper arms (triceps area). The loose or ‘flappy’ upper arm skin is commonly called ‘bat wings, ‘bingo wings’ or even ‘tuckshop arms’ because the loose tricep skin and excess fat tends to worsen after having children or with age, particularly if arms lack muscle firmness or ‘strong tone.’ It often impacts choice of summer fashions and is a frequently noted area of appearance dissatisfaction.
Although Brachioplasty involves the surgical removal of skin and fat, liposuction is a helpful tool for removing fat and smoothing the contour of the arms; e.g. it is combined to enhance your surgical outcome and sculpt your arm shape for a more naturally-firm appearance.
Liposuction can be used underneath the chin and jaw to create more definition for facial enhancement procedures.
Micro liposuction is also used for Lipogems ‘Fat Transfer’.
This type of fat transfer involves fat being harvested via a very minor liposuction procedure; the removed fat is then processed using a specialised device, then re-injected back into the face.
This Lipogem Fat Transfer method helps increase or restore facial volume in areas where it is lacking, and can enhance skin elasticity and tone.
All surgery has risks, and your surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation.
You are an ideal candidate if you are a non smoker, are generally healthy, have good nutrition and regular exercise and realistic appearance goals.
Next steps for Body Shaping
Please contact us now for a consultation by phoning (03) 8849 1400 to learn how you can change your body contours using liposuction procedures.