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Advanced Liposuction Techniques

The cost of liposuction will vary from patient to patient. It depends on a couple of different factors. Firstly, the amount of fat removed during the surgery will affect the cost. The cost of liposuction also 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 affect the cost as this will often determine whether the procedure is performed in a private hospital or our accredited surgical operating room at our clinic.

Smooth, Contour, Sculpt and refine 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 amazing results you can achieve.

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 or Tumescent Liposuction – Traditional Liposuction is the fundamental basis of all the other types of liposuction techniques used today. Traditional liposuction has the advantage it is the safest form of liposuction available. It also has the advantage that it offers the maximum in patient comfort and results.  The traditional technique can be varied by using different sized cannulas but most of the time it is done with a small diameter cannula. The surgical technique involves using a tumescent solution that is infiltrated into the body as described above. As patient safety is at its highest with this technique this is often our technique of choice at Contour Surgical.
  • Power Assisted Liposuction – This technique involves the use of an oscillating tip at the end of the cannula powered by an electric motor. This helps break up the dense fibrous attachments within the fat cells. The advantages are it reduces the workload of the surgeons and can assist in easier fat removal process.
  • Vaser Liposuction – Vaser Liposuction uses an Ultrasound probe on the end of the cannula. This Ultrasound Probe generates energy and heat 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 is 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 heat to tighten the skin instead of Laser or Ultrasound. This is the safest form of skin tightening for Liposuction. Radiofrequency Heat is a single beam of heat. This means the heat is precisely delivered. Ultrasound delivers a pulse of heat which is not as precise. Laser delivers beam via a wavelength which means the exact depth of the target heat is variable. For this reason skin tightening associated with Liposuction is safest which Radio Frequency Assisted.

Why Choose Contour Surgical?

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. It requires 6 more years of additional training as well as being accredited by the Australian College of Plastic 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 medicine. 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 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 results that meet and go beyond our patient expectations.

The world’s most popular cosmetic surgery Steps in Having Liposuction

The Consultation

All our consultations take place in one of our Contour Clinics consult rooms. Here you will meet with one of our 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. We can also take 3D photographs of your body and give you a computerised 3D image of what you can achieve, and you can decide on what ideal outcomes you will like. 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.

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

Choice of Anaesthetic for the Procedure

Liposuction at Contour Surgical is performed in either a fully accredited private hospital or our purpose built and accredited operating theatre at Contour Clinics.

The type of anaesthetic chosen depends on the location of the procedure, the type of liposuction your preference and your surgeon’s preference.

  • Local Anaesthetic – This is best suited to small liposuction procedures done in clinic. There may be some pain and discomfort when using this method
  • Twilight Sedation – This uses both local anaesthetic and intravenous medications to provide a more comfortable experience for the patient. You are sedated but able to respond, talk and move. There is a limit to how much sedation is used to maintain your safety.
  • General Anaesthetic – 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. Liposuction In most cases is best performed under general anaesthesia. We do all our general anaesthetic liposuction is fully accredited private hospitals.

The Procedure

After you arrive you will have a final consultation with your surgeon before your liposuction procedure. Your surgeon will discuss what will happen right before the surgery and after the surgery as well as mark up your body for 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 reduces bleeding and keeps the procedure safe. The solution then infiltrates the area making it bulge expanding the fat layer allowing for an easy passage of the cannula and fat removal. The cannula is passed through the fat layer removing fat in a systemic 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. His 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. Plastic Surgeons have done 6 years of additional training and are accredited at the highest level of accreditation in Australia. 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 invisible stitched or sutures. These invisible stitches are used to close the initial incisions made. In some cases, they 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.

Recovery & Post Procedure

After surgery has finished you will be seen by one of our nurses and they will make sure you are awake and comfortable. We find most of our patients at Contour Surgical request General Anaesthesia over local or twilight. Regardless of the type chosen you will return home on the same day.

Our nurse will place you into your compression garment once you are comfortable. 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. We will help the recovery process with follow up lymphatic massages at our clinic. 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 eliminate the stiffness experienced after your procedure. 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 lek 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 three days after your procedure and then again at three weeks and six weeks if necessary. We also provide lymphatic massages post-surgery to aid recovery and reduce swelling. We recommend two massages twice per week for the first two weeks.

It has been proven that the specific diet post liposuction helps maximise your results and recovery process. For this reason, at Contour Surgical we provide all our patients with a Diet Plan and 6 Week Exercise Plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the procedure take to complete?

Liposuction Porcedures take between one and four 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?

We offer both Private Hospital and in Clinic Liposuction at Contour Surgical. If you choose to have your procedure done at a Private Hospital you will b under general anaesthetic and will not feel any pain.

If you choose to use our purpose built in clinic operating theatre the procedure will be done under twilight sedation. This uses both local anaesthetic and medications to reduce pain to a manageable level. If at any stage you are not comfortable we can help by increasing your pain medications to help.

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 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 gone, they are gone for good and never return. If you gain weight the weight is more likely to be evenly distributed on the body and go to different 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 scarring is inevitable. 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 remove any scarring after the procedure. We provide a complimentary scar removal treatment for all our liposuction patients. We find that after our scar management and removal laser than any scarring is removed or fades to become not noticeable.

What are the Risks & Complications of Liposuction?

Liposuction when done correctly by an experienced surgeon is a safe and effective procedure that can produce outstanding and life changing results. As with any surgical procedure, there are also risks associated with the procedure as well as benefits.

To better understand that risks and complications involved it is best to break these down into medical complications and surgical risks.

Medical Complications from the procedure are

  • Pain and aching
  • Bruising
  • Bleeding or a Haematoma (a collection of blood under the skin)
  • Infection very 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)

Surgical Risks from the Procedure are

  • 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. If the risk of this happening is very high, we may recommend doing the procedure over two sessions. This will give the skin a far greater ability to retract correctly.

These risks can usually be managaed via a small touch up procedure to correct any cosmetic problems. Fat transfer can be used to treat over liposuctioning and additional liposuction can be used to treat under liposuctioning.

When choosing liposuction, it is always recommended to choose a skilled experienced surgeon with the proper qualifications. This ensures that most complications can be reduced or avoided.

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. 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 discuss with one of our medical practitioners before considering if the treatment is appropriate or not

If you have significant skin laxity that could be caused by weight loss or ageing, we recommend a discussion with one of our specialist doctors to determine the most appropriate treatment for you. In some case liposuction can cause further laxity for your sin and in some cases, it is recommended to have skin tightening or skin reduction surgery before liposuction. This is only in more extreme cases of skin laxity.

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 having the procedure before pregnancy if possible. The reasons for this are your skin elasticity and general health are better as you are younger. Also, by removal fat cells prior to pregnancy you have a lower chance of them expanding and causing excessive stretching of the skin.

Please note that Liposuction is contraindicated in Pregnancy and Breast Feeding.

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 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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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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