Body Contouring Liposuction Surgery and Plastic Surgery For Reduction of Stubborn Fat
Liposuction Melbourne: How Liposuction Surgery can reshape your body when you have stubborn fat that just won’t budge.
If you look in your mirror and all you can see is bulges where you don’t want them, then liposuction (or liposculpture surgery) may be something to think about exploring. It works best when you are fit and healthy and maintain a stable weight; and it CAN help to smooth out or reduce certain areas of the body – such as reducing thighs, breasts, arms or hips and tummy areas.
But Liposuction is NOT an easy answer to managing excess weight. It ideally should be used only for stubborn areas of body fat and small bulges that are hard to shift with less invasive approaches, such as diet and exercise changes. We strongly encourage you to get fit and healthy BEFORE you consider liposuction body contouring in Melbourne.
Liposuction should NOT be taken lightly and you’ll need to plan for adequate recovery time.
- Liposuction is surgery – and any form of surgery, even if popular and well-tolerated, is not to be taken lightly.
- It comes with risks you’ll need to consider before consenting to this particular body contouring option.
- That noted, statistics indicate that liposuction is a frequently requested surgery for individuals who choose to contour their bodies via “liposuction” fat reduction technologies, such as tumescent liposuction (a gold standard in the industry for many years).
Who seeks liposuction for fat reduction?
Liposuction body contouring is often sought by patients to reduce areas that are prone to storing excess fat that has been resistant to exercise and good nutrition. Some popular locations for liposuction body contouring include: thighs, hips, tummy and arms (although success depends on the condition of the skin; and if you have lax skin or excess skin, you may require a combined liposuction and excision procedure such as cosmetic plastic surgery).
Liposuction is popular in Melbourne and throughout the world; but it should not be taken lightly.
- It is certainly NOT a replacement for fitness and a healthy BMI.
- Yet for some individuals, lipo surgery can get them the smoother contours they want in certain areas – such as the thighs, hips, tummy, arms or breasts.
Liposuction as a form of Breast Reduction?
Yes, there is breast reduction using liposuction, but lipo is often combined with surgical reduction of fat and a breast lift/nipple lift (it’s more of an adjunct than a stand-alone procedure due to skin laxity for most women wanting breast reduction).
Other uses of Liposuction or Liposculpture for Body Contouring
- Liposuction, also known as lipo or lipoplasty, is one of the most popular cosmetic body contouring procedures requested today (when performed by a skilled Surgeon on a suitable surgery candidate who holds realistic expectations and follow pre-surgery and post-op instructions carefully).
- Getting a good outcome from liposuction, however, requires you follow specific preparatory and post-op instructions.
- The image below is NOT what most people look like after liposuction; instead, their own proportions are enhanced or sculpted by reduction of fat. Because it also does not reduce stretch marks, dimples or cellulite, you may have smoother areas but you’ll still have those same concerns AFTER liposuction as before – you just might look smoother in clothes or swim wear.
- Liposuction of the thighs, for example, MAY reduce chaffing for some patients (ask your liposuction Surgeon what he or she thinks you can achieve with liposuction BEFORE you decide it’s your best body contouring option).
- Other methods of fat reduction for minor body fat adjustments, those may be better for you than surgery.
- To improve your chances of getting a good result from liposuction, you’ll want to be at your ideal stable weight (and have a healthy BMI) before you have liposuction.
How can you tell if you will benefit from Liposuction by our Melbourne Surgeons?
You’ll need a consultation to see if Liposuction IS really your best option to reach your surgery goals; or if a tummy tuck (Abdominoplasty) is going to get you a better result.
- But DO remember, what you do AFTER surgery counts as far as sustaining your results.
- You’ll still need to follow a healthy diet and exercise regularly to maintain a smoother, trimmer appearance.
Liposuction can help to reshape virtually any area of the body by removing fat from stubborn areas that are not responsive to lifestyle.
Body Contouring Options: Why Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. It involves small incisions to insert a cannula to suction out the fat cells (but before that occurs, the area is injected with a special fluid that makes fat reduction easier). The fat reduction is considered very long term although you still have remaining fat cells that can become enlarged if you gain weight. There’s also some research that indicates new fat cells may be created at different stages of life (it is generally, however, believed that fat cells may be quite stable for most of your adult life). Ask your Surgeon for his opinion and knowledge of this area and do your homework. In general, however, you CAN detrimentally impact your lipo surgery results if you don’t adhere to a healthy eating regime and regular exercise.
Weight gain, medication effects, pregnancy or menopause or andropause can all lead you to gain weight, which will impact your liposuction results.
Where is Liposuction used?
Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the body around your:
- Thighs and Inner knee
- Hips and buttocks
- Calves and ankles
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms and Back
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
Some procedure details for having Liposuction by one of our Surgeons.
Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula (from the Latin word for reed, tube, cane). The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump. This cannula is inserted into the excess body fat through small incisions made by your surgeon into the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction (from the cannula) creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers, reducing those fat cells. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse as healing occurs, resulting in an improved body contour.
Initial recovery times range from a few days to seven to 14 days. It really varies from person to person.
For some people with very light duties, they can be back to work in as little as a week following their procedure. Others will need at least 2 weeks to feel comfortable working again; and some discomfort after liposuction can remain for several months as you fully heal.
Choosing a Liposuction Surgeon in Melbourne
- The most important consideration in selecting any cosmetic body surgery including liposuction, is the training, qualifications and skill of your recommended Surgeon.
- It’s helpful to also investigate which patient safety measures will be taken by your Surgeon to promote your well-being and help reduce your preventable risks.
- This means you should research the experience, quality and procedure expertise of your selected Plastic Surgeon and the skill and training of your Hospital’s Anaesthetist and the theatre team BEFORE consenting.
Is Liposuction Right for Me?
Everyone has heard of liposuction: The promise of walking into a clinic, gently falling asleep and then walking out thirty minutes later with a svelte body seems to be an idea that still exists today.
- While there are no definitive restrictions for who can and can’t undergo liposuction, it’s important to consider your skin’s elasticity.
- In general, younger non-smokers with minimal sun damage and darker skin tones have the best elasticity.
- As we age, our skin loses its ability to bounce back after being stretched, so older patients or those removing a large amount of fat could be left with sagging skin following the procedure.
The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are close to their ideal weight but still have unwanted bulges of fat.
- Although liposuction can improve body contour at any weight for healthy candidates, those with a BMI over 30 are typically NOT good candidates for liposuction treatment.
- People who are at a stable weight will be more suited for surgery than people who have difficulty maintaining a set weight.
- Some conditions may require surgical excision rather than fat reduction via lipo alone.
We strongly recommend you consult with a Surgeon to determine if liposuction is right for your unique situation.
Please contact us using the Contact Form to arrange to book a consultation with one of our expert Surgeons or to speak with our Patient Care Coordinator.
Liposuction in Melbourne: Tips and Information
Remember, your underlying fitness level is important – liposuction does not cure bad diet and exercise habits. Best results are a combination of good nutrition, portion control and regular exercise/strength building with surgery as an optional resort to “tweak” your problem areas once you are in shape.
We strongly encourage anyone who is considering body contouring surgery to first consider to undertake diet and exercise. If after some toning in the gym and achieving a normalized weight, you are still unhappy with the shape of your body, then liposuction may be a reasonable adjunct to improve the appearance.
You May Be a Candidate for Good Candidate for Liposuction IF:
- You have toned up in the gym
- You have achieved a stable and normalised weight
- You are still unhappy with your body shape
- You have bulges in specific areas or too much fat in a few specific locations on the body
If you are generally at a good weight but you are still unhappy with the shape of your body, then liposuction may be a good option to improve the appearance.
What to Expect: Patient Safety Considerations and Potential Risks and Complications
FAQ: Does Liposuction Hurt?
- Pain and discomfort are normal after liposuction and often requires prescription medication.
- The more fat you have removed, the more pain and discomfort you’re likely to feel.
- Swelling also can add to the pain you experience. Be sure to discuss pain levels and concerns with your Surgeon.
- Don’t delay in letting your Surgeon or medical team know of any unusual symptoms or concerns.
- Ask questions!
- Most people say the first two days are the most uncomfortable, and that they continue to feel small amounts of pain for several weeks to several months following the procedure.
Some patients are quite uncomfortable after having liposuction, for several weeks or months. But severe or sudden pain, or extreme redness and heat, after liposuction is unusual and may be a sign of a complication.
If this occurs, call your plastic surgeon immediately to make sure you’re healing properly or seek urgent medical attention.
Recovery After Liposuction
The results of liposuction typically come in stages, varying by individual.
- You’ll likely see some results immediately after surgery, but swelling and bruising are normal and take weeks to resolve. Some residual swelling may persist for several months.
- It’s also common to have some weight gain due to swelling and the tumescent fluid that was injected. This will resolve over time.
- Most people see final results six months after surgery, but you may continue to see improvements for up to a year.
- Most doctors recommend taking at a week off from work and your regular routine.
- Those who undergo a small amount of liposuction may only need a few days.
- In order to prevent blood clots and discourage swelling, light walking is usually recommended starting the day of surgery.
- Heavy exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks.
The use of a compression garment is often recommended for anywhere from three to six weeks and sometimes longer (sometimes your Surgeon may recommend 8-12 weeks).
These garments are beneficial for decreasing the amount of bruising and swelling, and helping loose skin to retract. Some plastic surgeons do not use garments however often the final result is achieved sooner with the use of these garments.
It’s important to follow your doctor’s post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your a safer recovery process and positive surgery results.
And remember: Do not smoke!
What About Scars After Liposuction?
- Liposuction involves a series of small incisions less than a centimetre long. Just like scarring from any other type of injury, these incisions will go through a maturation process, likely over the course of a year.
- For the first few months, scars may be red and possibly raised and/or firm.
- As the scar matures, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable.
Some people are prone to hypertrophic scars or keloids which are abnormal scars that become prominent. If you or a blood relative have a tendency for these types of scars, please inform your doctor.
Your plastic surgeon may suggest a scar lightening cream, silicone scar sheets, laser treatments, or injections to further minimise the appearance.
Use sunscreen and avoid any prolonged exposure to the sun for at least two months, as UV rays can darken the appearance of scars.
What are the Potential Complications from Liposuction Procedures?
Choosing a certified highly experienced surgeon significantly reduces your risk of pre and postoperative complications.
As with any surgery, liposuction carries risks, such as bleeding and reaction to anaesthesia.
Possible complications specific to the liposuction procedure include:
Infection– Skin infections are rare, but possible. Severe skin infections might be life-threatening. It is important to report any inflammation or redness around the site of treatment. These signs may indicate a more complex infection that can spread to the rest of your body. It is important to carefully follow all pre and post-surgical instructions.
Numbness– Temporary or permanent numbness in the affected area may occur. Temporary nerve irritation is also possible.
Fat Embolism-It is important to adhere to all postoperative instructions. Compressive garments are a vital aspect of your recovery period. Failure to adhere to these instructions can lead to complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
Bruising– Hematomas (bruises) can occur when an increased amount of bleeding is present. It is important to make sure you and your surgeon choose the correct type of liposuction based on your specific needs, to decrease the risk of post-treatment bleeding.
Contour irregularities– Often a result of poor technique (uneven fat removal) your skin may appear bumpy, wavy or even withered. Poor skin elasticity and unusual healing patterns can also cause these changes, which may be permanent. Damage beneath the skin from a thin tube (cannula) that’s used during liposuction might also give the skin a permanent spotted appearance.
Internal puncture– It is rare that a cannula penetrates too deeply. However, without the right experience aggressive treatments can puncture tissues, causing damage to internal organs. Internal puncture might require emergency surgery and can even lead to death.
The risks of complications increase when the surgeon is working on larger surfaces of your body, or even performing multiple procedures during the same operation. Although liposuction is a common and well-tolerated procedure by most patients, it is important that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to complete your treatment.
Choosing Your Surgeon for Liposuction in Melbourne
Choosing an experienced Surgeon and following instructions before & after surgery may reduce your risk of postoperative complications and help you get a better result.
- Several of our Plastic Surgeons also perform liposuction in conjunction with their larger surgeries, although this is individualised and can vary from patient to patient and Surgeon to Surgeon.
- We also have a caring, Melbourne & Berwick based Aesthetic Physician who dedicates his aesthetic body contouring practice to liposuction, aesthetic medicine and cosmetic injections for men and women.
Liposuction Melbourne – Cost
Quality or Lowest Cost?
- Cost of Liposuction is an important factor when considering liposuction surgery.
The quality of liposuction is more important than the price of liposuction.
- If the ultimate goal of liposuction is to have a satisfied patient, then the surgeon’s expertise and experience are undoubtedly more important than the price.
- Liposuction prices are important but should not be the most important factor when considering lipo surgery.
Be careful not to put your body in the “bargain bin”.
Choosing a liposuction surgeon based on the lowest price might ultimately be the most expensive choice if the initial cosmetic results are so bad that another surgeon must be paid to repair the work of the first liposuction surgeon.
Among the most common undesirable outcomes of liposuction are:
- Incomplete liposuction with very little evidence that liposuction was actually done:
- Excessive liposuction producing an unnatural or disfigured appearance
- Irregular and uneven results with unsightly depressions in the skin; and
- Large scars that reveal that the patient has had liposuction. Caveat emptor (Buyer beware).
How Are My Fees Calculated?
- The total cost for liposuction surgery is the sum of the non-surgical fee plus one or more surgical fees.
- The non-surgical fees include the cost of the operating room, nursing staff, pre-operative laboratory tests, post-operative garments and supplies.
- The surgical fees represent the prices for lipo surgery of each individual area.
Factors that determine cost of liposuction include:
- The size of the patient;
- Amount of time and effort required of the surgeon;
- Cost of anesthesiologist’s services;
- Operating room fees;
- Preoperative laboratory fees;
- Other related expenses, such as elastic compression garments, etc.
Expected Time and Effort
The expected time and effort that is required to accomplish a liposuction surgery is the most important factor in determining the cost of liposuction. Factors that typically affect the surgeon’s time and effort include:
- Number of areas being treated;
- Size of the patient;
- Anticipated degree of difficulty.
Thus, cost of liposuction of the abdomen alone is less than the cost of doing liposuction on both the abdomen as well as the inner thighs and knees. Similarly, the cost for abdominal liposuction on a patient who weighs over 80 kilos might be more than the cost for liposuction of the abdomen of a patient who has never weighed more than 60 kilos.
Liposuction is more difficult and requires more time if the patient has previously gained and then lost a significant amount of weight.
In any area previously treated with liposuction the fat often contains scar tissue which makes liposuction in the same area more difficult.
Other variables affecting the price of liposuction
- Experience of the surgeon; and
- The geographic location of the surgeon.
An expert liposuction surgeon who has done thousands of liposuction procedures, who consistently achieves outstanding results, and who is in great demand, will often charge more than a less experienced surgeon.
Surgeons who are not busy may offer discounts, or entice prospective patients by offering free consultation.
Surgeon’s who have had unhappy patients and who do not have a good reputation might also lower liposuction prices in order to attract new patients.
In geographic areas where rents and labour costs are high, one can expect higher prices for liposuction.
Next Steps: Book your Initial Consultation for Liposuction
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What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
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