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What is Leg or Calf Liposuction

Leg or Calf Liposuction is an advanced body contouring technique to remove excess fat and reshape the legs and calf. The fat on the lower legs is mainly composed of superficial fat. There are no deep fat compartments. Liposuction is therefore carried out in the superficial layer of fat. The area behind the knee contains important nerves and blood vessels so liposuction in this part of the leg should be avoided.

The most common area of the leg that gains the greatest benefit from leg liposuction is the Thigh Area. Both the inner and outer thighs can have a large amount of localised fat caused by both genetic factors and being overweight. Diet and Exercise can help remove a certain amount of fat however this is largely determined by your body type.

At Contour Surgical we often perform leg liposuction using power assisted liposuction. This technique provides the perfect balance of safety and efficacy and allows the legs to be contoured in a delicate manner. The same surgical procedure can also be used to treat the ankle region of the body.

Many patients also ask about cellulite removal when enquiring about leg liposuction. Whilst liposuction itself only provides marginal benefits in cellulite removal we provide other options to help rid you of stubborn cellulite. You can read more about cellulite reduction here.

Achieve Beautiful & Natural Contours The Procedure

The procedure starts off with tiny incisions being made in the skin. A local tumescent 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 reduces bleeding, bruising and swelling. The tumescent solution expands the fatty layer allowing for an easy passage of the cannula. The cannula is passed through the fat layer removing fat in a repeated systematic process. First fat is removed from the deep fat tissue, then the middle layer of fat and lastly the superficial layer of fat. Suction is provided through a machine or syringe to aid in the removal of the fat.

The desired result is very reliant on the surgeon’s ability to assess the level for fat thickness and evenness. The 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. All of our Plastic Surgeons have at least 10-15 years of Post-Graduate Plastic Surgery training and are fellows of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons. This provides our patients with the highest degree of comfort and the safety that they are being treated by the most qualified and experienced surgeons that the country has to offer.

If required, we use dissolvable sutures to close liposuction entry sites. These stitches are buried under the skin, allowing for perfect skin edge opposition, leading to a lower risk of scarring then visible external stitches. In some cases, your Plastic Surgeon will opt to leave your liposuction entry sites open for drainage of the anaesthetic solution.

A special compression garment is worn immediately after the procedure. This is put on immediately post procedure, before you awake from general anaesthetic. 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 Leg 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 if required. 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. You will most likely notice that fluid will leak from the incision sites. The fluid will be clear or slightly red in colour. This is the tumescent solution and is no cause for alarm. The leaking usually lasts for about 48 hours, a couple of days longer when the procedure involves the arms or stomach. These areas can leak for up to five days. Postoperative leaking from the surgical sites is completely normal and should be expected.

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?

Lower leg and calf 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 accredited and 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 lower leg and calf 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Liposuction on my Legs and Thighs treat my Cellulite?

Cellulite is not fat. It occurs when the fatty tissue pushes through the fibrous bands that connect the skin to the deeper connective tissue layers. The result is the dimpled puckered appearance of the skin. Unfortunately, Liposuction only provides a small benefit to the appearance of cellulite. The key is to attack the fibrous bands beneath the skin. At Contour Surgical we do have other treatment options to remove Cellulite that can be completed at the same time of your procedure or at an alternative time.

Should I have Leg or Calf Liposuction before or after weight loss?

Achieving a healthy and sustainable weight is the best option prior to having any liposuction procedure. If you are significantly overweight, we recommend you lose weight fist before undergoing the procedure. For those who are having trouble losing large amounts weight loss surgery will be the best option.

How long does the procedure take to complete?

Leg and Calf Liposuction Procedures take around one hour to three hours to complete depending on the amount of fat to be removed and the number of areas involved.

Will I feel any pain during my leg liposuction procedure?

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

Are the results from leg and calf 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 ever expand or shrink in size.

Liposuction permanently removes fat cells in the treatment area. This means you can no longer store fat to the same degree in the treated area. However, this does not mean you can’t gain weight in other areas. 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 lower leg or calf 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.

What are the Risks & Complications of Liposuction to the Leg or Calf Area?

All surgical procedures carry risk. It is for this reason that you should carefully consider who performs your 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 Leg Liposuction?

A common question from patients is “When can I resume exercise post leg 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

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.

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!

* 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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