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What is Abdominal Liposuction

Abdominal Liposuction is an advanced body contouring technique to remove excess fat and reshape the stomach and waist area of the body. The targeted fat removal means the body can be permanently reshaped and enhanced.

Liposuction is a surgical technique using a long hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted into the fat layer under the skin. Pressure or suction is then applied through the cannula and then fat is suctioned and removed. The surgeon can sculpt and contour the stomach through the removal of this fat. It is also possible to transfer this fat to other areas of the body in a procedure known as fat transfer. Fat transfer can re-volumise other areas of the body such as the face or buttocks.

At Contour Surgical we bring to you experienced consultant Plastic Surgeons who have a unique ability to sculpt and reshape the stomach region into the best version of you.

The outcomes of the procedure are based upon many contributing factors, such as the quality and elasticity of your skin. The location of the fatty tissue to be removed. The volume of fatty tissue in the desired area of removal also greatly contributes to the surgical outcomes. The location of the abdominal fat is an important factor in determining the success of the procedure. Abdominal fat is in two different levels in the stomach. The deep level and superficial level. The deep abdominal fat is located inside the stomach cavity surrounding the intestines. The deep fat is also known as intestinal or visceral fat. Superficial fat is located just below the skin and above the abdominal muscles. It is this superficial or subcutaneous fat that is removed by liposuction. Most people have a much greater level of superficial fat and therefore can achieve excellent outcomes from liposuction.

If you aren’t yet not ready or looking for surgery, there are some excellent non-surgical methods to achieve fat removal and body sculpting results. The best non-surgical alterative to liposuction is known as CoolSculpting which freezes the fat cells to eliminate them from the body. You can read more about it here.

The Procedure

The procedure starts off with tiny incisions being made in the skin. A local anaesthetic solution is then infiltrated under the skin and into the fat layer of the treatment area. This solution contains saline, local anaesthetic and adrenaline. The adrenaline helps reduce bleeding and improves the safety and bruising probability post procedure. The cannula is passed through the fat layer removing fat in a systematic process. General anaesthesia greatly improves the Surgeons ability to carefully sculpt the treated areas in a controlled, safer manner rather than in a twilight or local anaesthetic procedure.

The desired result is very reliant on the surgeon’s ability to assess the level for fat thickness and evenness. Their level of aesthetic knowledge and training as well as the unique ability to contour the body and bring it into perfect alignment. At Contour Surgical we only use experienced Plastic Surgeons to do our Liposuction Procedures. Our Plastic Surgeons have done at least 10-20 years of additional post graduate training in Plastic Surgery and are accredited at the highest level of accreditation in Australia by the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. It provides all our patients with the comfort and the safety that they are being treated by the most qualified and experienced surgeons that country has to offer.
During all our surgical procedures we use dissolvable buried stitches.

These stitches perfectly oppose the skin to close the initial incisions made to help reduce the appearance of liposuction entry points. In some cases, the incisions are left open for drainage of the anaesthetic solution.

A special compression garment is worn immediately after the procedure. The compression garment is recommended for between 4 and 6 weeks depending on the and helps reduce swelling, bruising, and importantly help the skin retract after the removal of the fat.

post surgery Your Stomach Liposuction Recovery

Your procedure will be performed in an accredited private hospital operating theatre. You will return home on the same day of the procedure.
After surgery has finished and your compression garment placed you will be seen by one of our nurses and they will make sure you are awake and comfortable. The compression garment will help minimise swelling, bruising, and bleeding as well as improving post-operative comfort. It is important to remember the garment is vital for the healing process and outcome of the procedure. The garment should be worn continually for the first two weeks and only be removed for showering. During weeks three and four, the garment only needs to be worn during the day. It is important that you lay the garment smoothly on the body, especially the stomach area. Creasing of the garment will create a collection of fluid around the crease, which can be difficult and time consuming to resolve.

The recovery process generally has some mild bruising and discomfort. We will help the recovery process by facilitating lymphatic massage referrals. You may return to work as earlier as three days post-surgery if you wish.

Patients are encouraged to walk and move around as often as possible post-surgery. This will assist in eliminating the stiffness experienced after your procedure as well as preventing deep vein thrombosis of the lower limbs.

Swelling and bruising start on the second day. Most of this swelling and bruising will go away inside two weeks. Patients will see most of their results in six weeks and will continue to see results for up to six months.

You will need to attend a post-surgery follow up several days after your procedure and then again at three months post procedure. Lymphatic massages post-surgery may aid recovery and reduce swelling. We recommend two massages twice per week for the first two weeks and can facilitate massages on request.

Why Choose Contour Surgical?

Abdominal Liposuction can be performed by our variety of doctors and surgeons. All our surgeons are specialist Plastic Surgeons. This is the highest qualification you can obtain in the field of aesthetic medicine. Our Surgeons have at least 10-15 years post graduate experience in Plastic Surgery. They are also Specialist Plastic Surgeons with the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. This gives all our patients the confidence and knowledge you will be receiving the absolute best in care, training, and experience.

We have plastic surgeons who specialise in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. This means you can be assured that the surgeon you see will have further specialised in the field of body contouring and abdominal liposuction.

Our team has over 20 years of experience performing procedures and our guarantee is that we deliver best in class techniques with the highest level of safety. We are proud of delivering real results, provided by the most highly trained surgeons the country has to offer.

  • We have plastic surgeons who specialise in all forms of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. This means you can be assured that the surgeon you see will have further specialised in the field of body contouring and abdominal liposuction.
  • Our team has over 20 years of experience performing procedures and our guarantee is that we deliver best in class techniques with the highest level of safety. We are proud of delivering real results, provided by the most highly trained surgeons the country has to offer.
  • All our prices at Contour Surgical are inclusive of post liposuction review appointments. It will also a complimentary laser session to remove any post-operative scarring.
  • The cost of the hospital fees and surgeons fee will depend on the time required to perform the liposuction. This can be assessed at the time of consultation.
  • The cost of Abdominal Liposuction at our accredited Private Hospital starts at $6700.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the procedure take to complete?

Abdominal Liposuction Procedures take between one and two hours to complete depending on the amount of areas involved and the amount of fat to be removed.

Will I feel any pain during my liposuction procedure?

No. You will be under general anaesthetic and will not feel any pain during the procedure.

How much weight can I lose from liposuction on the stomach?

Liposuction is not meant to be used for weight loss. Liposuction helps recontour and reshape the stomach and waist area by removing excess fat deposits that are unresponsive to diet and exercise. If you would like to reduce your larger amounts of weight it can either be done through diet and exercise.

More commonly, we see patients post having weight loss surgery. Stubborn pockets of fat may persist post-surgery, and excessive skin can be a concern. Surgical options exist for both and our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are experts in guiding you towards the options best suited to your own unique situation.

Are the results from stomach liposuction permanent?

Once you reach your late teenage years your body has the total amount of fat cells it will ever have. These fat cells can then only expand or shrink in size.

As the liposuction procedure removes fat cells in the area once they are removed, they will never return. However, in order to maintain your results it is recommended to follow a healthy diet and exercise plan.

Will I have scarring?

Liposuction involves making incisions in the skin, which means small marks that fade overtime will be left post procedure. However significant scarring is rare. The incisions made for the procedure are always small and in discreet locations.
At Contour Surgical we offer best in class laser treatments to reduce any scarring after the procedure.

We provide a complimentary scar removal treatment for all our liposuction patients. We find that with a combination of expert placement of liposuction entry sites, skilful management of the sites post-operatively and complimentary skin resurfacing laser most scarring is removed or fades to become hardly noticeable.

When do I see my results?

You will notice an improvement immediately after your liposuction procedure. However, over the next 48 hours you will have swelling and it will take up to 4-6 weeks for the swelling to subside and the skin to tighten and retract.

From 6 weeks onwards you can expect your results to gradually improve with full results being seen at around 3-6 months post-surgery.

Should I have Abdominal Liposuction before or after weight loss?

Achieving a healthy and sustainable weight is the best option prior to having any abdominal liposuction procedure. If you are significantly overweight, we recommend you lose weight first before undergoing the procedure. For those who are having trouble losing large amounts weight loss surgery may be an option. This should be discussed with your General Practitioner.

What are the Risks & Complications of Abdominal Liposuction?

All surgical procedures carry risk. It is for this reason that you should carefully consider who performs your abdominal liposuction procedure. Liposuction when done correctly by an experienced surgeon is a safe and effective procedure that can produce outstanding and life changing results.

Complications of liposuction include, but are not limited to:

– Discomfort post procedure
– Bruising
– Haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin)
– Infection uncommon due to a sterile field being maintained during the procedure and antibiotics given after the procedure
– Persistent Swelling
– A Seroma or Fluid accumulation under the skin
– Deep Vein Thrombosis (this is a complication from any surgery where movement post-surgery is reduced. It is extremely rare)
– Skin Irregularities. This occurs from poor liposuction technique by either over or under liposuctioning or by liposuctioning at the wrong skin depth.
– Missed Areas – Occurs when the area surrounding a large area is missed
– Skin Laxity – If a surgeon over liposuctions a particular the skin in this area may not be able to retract enough. If the skin is extremely loose to start with the risk of this increases.

When choosing liposuction, it is always recommended to choose a skilled experienced Plastic Surgeon.

Can I exercise after Liposuction on the Stomach?

A common question from patients is “When can I resume exercise post liposuction”?

We recommend walking and moving around 48 hours after your surgery. Light cardio and exercise can be resumed after 5 days, and then more intense workouts can resume after two weeks. Full training is not recommended until 4 weeks after your liposuction procedure

Can I drink alcohol after liposuction?

We recommend not drinking alcohol post-surgery for safety reasons because of its interaction with pain medications and antibiotics.
It is recommended to avoid drinking for at least 5 days after surgery to prevent any chance of excessive bruising or bleeding.

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Recent Reviews

Amanda K Feb 1, 2021

First time at Contour Clinics and was very happy with the whole experience. Easy to find, easy to park, friendly and helpful staff. Highly recommend and will be a regular from now on.

Rekka P Jan 20, 2021

Very happy with my experience at Contour Clinics Newtown. Everyone was so friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I felt very comfortable during my treatment. Dr Josh made me feel so comfortable. I am so happy. I’ll definitely be back!

Mia D Dec 20, 2020

The absolute best in Sydney. I would not go anywhere else to get anything done. Everyone I have encountered at this clinic has been so extremely warm and professional and put in so much time and effort to truly achieve your desired outcome. Can’t recommend this place enough, do not waste your money elsewhere.

* Testimonials are from satisfied customers, results may vary. We offer complementary 1:1 consultations to understand your specific requirements before commencing treatment.


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