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Shape, sculpt & contour What is Liposuction?

Liposuction often called liposculpture or “lipo” is an advanced body contouring technique to remove excess fat from stubborn areas. These often include the abdomen, flanks, upper arms, thighs (inner and outer), back and under chin region.

Liposuction is a surgical technique using a long hollow tube called a cannula. The cannula is inserted into the fat layer under the skin. Suction is then applied through the cannula to remove targeted fat pockets. 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 our aim is to bring the entire body into alignment. Our experienced surgeons combine their many years of experience with a unique ability to sculpt the body much like an artist sculpts a masterpiece.

A major benefit of Liposuction is that it can be used to remove unwanted fat in almost any area of the body from the neck to the ankles. The outcomes of the procedure are based upon many contributing factors, such as the quality and elasticity of your skin, location of the fatty tissue to be removed and volume requiring removal. Your specialist Plastic Surgeon will take all of this into account when suggesting your bespoke treatment plan.

advanced body sculpting Steps in Having Liposuction

The Consultation – takes place in one of our luxurious Contour Clinics consulting rooms. Here you will meet with one of our hand-picked Associate Specialist Plastic Surgeons. Our surgeon will discuss with you your medical history, allergies, past procedures, weight, and body shape.

We will discuss your overall goals of the procedure, what type of body shape you would like to achieve and what areas of the body you would like to sculpt and permanently reshape. Your surgeon will assess your body shape, fat distribution and skin elasticity. We will need to measure your body circumference and skin fold thickness. 3D photographs are taken during your consultation. This can allow a rough guide of what you may achieve with your liposuction procedure. It is this part of the process that our patients enjoy the most as they can have direct input into the reshaping and sculpting of their body. This also allows your specialist Plastic Surgeon to guide your expectations regarding realistic outcomes of your procedure.

During the consultation process you will also be fitted and measured for a compression garment that you must wear after the procedure.

Anaesthetic for the Procedure – liposuction at Contour Surgical is performed in a fully accredited private hospital. We believe in order for you to have gold standard results in the safest possible conditions a General Anaesthetic is necessary. General Anaesthetic is performed by a specialist anaesthetic doctor. You are asleep during the liposuction procedure, and this allows your surgeon to perform the procedure in the easiest manner.

How much fat can be removed? 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 associate 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.

Types of Liposuction

There are several different types of liposuction available today and this can be confusing and a distraction from the two most important parts of the liposuction process. The Safety & Artistry. Understanding your desires and goals, appreciation of the balance between your unique distribution of fat excess and your skin elasticity, your plastic surgeon’s experience, and the skill they bring are the prime determinants of the results achievable.

Advances in technology mean new types of liposuction are frequently developed. The type of liposuction used will depend on your individual anatomy and the parts of your body being treated.

Traditional Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction is the fundamental basis of all the other types of liposuction techniques used today. Traditional liposuction has the advantage of being one of the safest forms of liposuction available. The traditional technique can be varied by using different sized cannulas but most of the time it is done with a small diameter cannula. This involves using fluid placed into the fat at the time of the procedure to minimise swelling, decrease pain and bruising, and speed the recovery process. This all adds up to maximising the patient outcome.

Power Assisted Liposuction

This technique involves the use of an oscillating tip at the end of the cannula powered by an electric motor called the Microaire system. This helps break up the dense fibrous attachments within the fat cells. The advantages are it reduces the workload of the surgeons, allowing more precise sculpting while greatly assisting in the fat removal process. Unlike laser/ultrasound/radiofrequency-based liposuction devices there are no risks of burns to the skin. This is a powerful benefit over more modern liposuction techniques.

Vaser Liposuction

Vaser Liposuction uses an ultrasound probe on the end of the cannula. This Ultrasound Probe generates heat energy to help break down and liquify the fat for easy removal. The advantage here is the fat is easier to remove. The disadvantage is the control of the heat can comprise patient safety if not done precisely.

Laser Liposuction

In laser liposuction, laser is used to deliver heat and energy into the fatty area to liquify fat cells for easier removal. This technology is also known as Smart Lipo. The laser generates heat inside the skin of the patient which offers a skin tightening effect.

Radio frequency-assisted liposuction

Radio frequency-assisted liposuction is also known by the name Body Tite or Face Tite, depending on which area is being treated. This technology uses Radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin instead of Laser or Ultrasound. Inbuilt temperature sensing technology prevents burns to the skin by automatically shutting off when optimal temperatures are reached. This added level of safety is unique to the Bodytite device and offers an added level of comfort and safety.

Why Choose Contour Surgical?

Liposuction can be performed by any doctor. Their level of training, skill and expertise can vary from that of a doctor 2nd year out of medical school, to a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with a minimum of 10-15 years of post-graduate Plastic Surgery experience.

At Contour Surgical all of our associate Surgeons are specialist Plastic Surgeons. This is the highest qualification you can obtain in the field of Cosmetic Surgery. It requires on average 10-15 years of surgical training as well as being recognised as a specialist by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. The letters FRACS after your Surgeon’s name ensure they are a Specialist Surgeon. 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 surgery. This means you can be assured that the surgeon you see will have further specialised in the field of body contouring and liposuction.
  • Our team has extensive experience in body contouring, having trained over many years in multiple hospital facilities to ensure a vast experience will all techniques and procedures to ensure you as a patient receive the best procedure to achieve the maximal outcome. We guarantee you be only ever treated by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who will deliver the most up to date techniques with the highest level of safety and efficacy.

Recovery & Post Procedure

After surgery has finished you will be cared for by a specialist recovery nurse. They will make sure you are comfortable upon awakening and provide analgesia as required. The immediate post-operative recovery period usually takes a few hours. Our perioperative team of nurses ensure you are comfortable and safe in this period and ready to return home on the day of the procedure.

You will be placed into a compression garment prior to awaking from anaesthetic. The compression garment will help minimise swelling, bruising, and bleeding. The garment provides support and comfort and holds the treated areas of the body in place. 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. You may return to work as early 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 any stiffness experienced after your procedure. 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.

Liposuction Cost

The cost of liposuction will vary from patient to patient. It depends on a couple of different factors. Firstly, the cost depends on the area of the body you wish to be treated.

Having liposuction on multiple areas will influence the cost as well. The type of anaesthetic chosen will also affect the cost as this will often determine whether the procedure is performed in a private hospital or in our accredited day facility.

  • All our prices at Contour Surgical are inclusive of post liposuction review appointments. It will also include a complimentary laser session to minimise 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. 
  • Our fees for Liposuction in a Private Hospital under General Anaesthetic start from $6700.

Who are the most suitable candidates for Liposuction Surgery?

A suitable candidate for liposuction is considered someone who is in both good physical and mental health. They are currently unhappy with the shape of their body and have stubborn pockets of fat that they have been unable to remove with diet and exercise. A suitable candidate is also someone who has reasonable expectations of what can be achieved by surgery.

Who is NOT suitable for Liposuction?

  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding liposuction is contraindicated and you will need to wait until after this period.
  • If you have bleeding or blot clotting disorders, we do not recommend the procedure.
  • Also, if you have a serious medical condition such as cardiac or lung problems you will be at increased risk from the procedure and should discussed with your medical specialist or general practitioner before considering if the treatment is appropriate or not for you.
  • If you have significant skin laxity that could be caused by weight loss or ageing, we recommend a discussion with one of our specialist Plastic Surgeons to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. In some case liposuction can cause further laxity for your sin and in some cases, it may be recommended to have skin tightening or skin reduction surgery before liposuction.

When is the best time to have liposuction?

Often, we get asked at Contour Surgical when is the best time to have liposuction. We tell all our patients the best time is when you are ready mentally and physically to undergo the procedure and recovery phase.

It can be argued that it is best to have Liposuction at a younger age. Skin elasticity, Skin Integrity and your general health is better and therefore your body recovers quicker and your skin recovers better. However, this is not to say older patients should not have liposuction it is just they need to be prepared for a potentially longer recovery phase.

A very common question is whether I should have the procedure before or after having become pregnant. We recommend seeking an expert opinion form of our Plastic Surgeons, and they will assess your needs and offer an opinion as to whether you are best suited before or after pregnancy.
Please note that Liposuction is contraindicated in Pregnancy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the procedure take to complete?

Liposuction Procedures take between one and four hours to complete depending on the number 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 fat can be removed during Liposuction?

Depending on your body goals and starting weight a good baseline is to consider liposuction as being appropriate to remove anywhere up to 5 Litres of Fat via Liposuction.

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.

Are the results from 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.

Can I exercise after Liposuction?

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 6 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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