Liposuction – Liposculpture Surgery in Melbourne
Liposuction is that removes excess body fat or cellulite using a combination of a thin metal tube or cannula with a suction device.
It is not an alternative to weight reduction however surgeons can use it to modify areas which are resistant to dieting and exercise. Liposuction gives a small improvement rather than total removal of the cellulite. Some contour needs to remain for one to look balanced and normal. Removal of too much cellulite may create a secondary deformity.
Surgeons most often use liposuction on the abdomen and buttocks, breasts, chest and back, arms, legs, neck and chin. It may be used in conjunction with other abdominal procedures such as abdominoplasty or a reduction mammoplasty in order to get a more natural result.
This procedure is also often used solely for the treatment of male gynaecomastia or man boobs.
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.
Are You a Candidate for Liposuction:
- Have you have toned up in the gym?
- Is your weight stable and normalised
- Are you are still unhappy with your body shape
- Do 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.
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Recovery after Liposuction Surgery
The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and other health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person.
The general rule, however, is that you should allow 10-14 days for initial recovery following your Liposuction surgery. Scar maturation often takes longer, up to a year or more. You will be required to wear a firmly-fitted support garment after surgery for the period of time a surgeon advises.
Naturally there will be a little bruising and swelling for few days after surgery. Often to our patients’ surprise, discomfort after a Liposuction is uncommon but we still prescribe painkillers to optimise your comfort. Dissolving stitches are used under the skin-these don’t leave markings and do not have to be removed.
Light office duties or other tasks may be resumed in about 2 weeks for most patients, however this can vary. Longer periods are often required before resuming certain lifting or exercising activities – ask your Surgeon how long before you can start exercising, lifting children or grandchildren, and other heavy lifting or strenuous activities. No heavy lifting for several weeks to a few months.
We will arrange weekly appointments with our specialist nursing team after the procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress. You will see your consultant six to eight weeks later. It’s important to relax when you get home and avoid stretching, pulling, heavy lifting or hard exercise for at least six weeks.
The clinic will also advise you about using post-op garments. Good results depend on a collaborative approach and a healthy lifestyle. Follow instructions given to you by your Surgeon, and attend all post-operative appointments. Remember to follow post-op instructions precisely for a faster recovery.
Getting back to exercise after Lipo Surgery
In general, gentle walking is typically able to be resumed in a few days after surgery. Your Surgeon will advise you, depending on which type of exercise you’re wanting to perform. Running, high impact or strenuous exercises need to be avoided until the time your surgeon says it’s okay.
Risks and Complications of Liposuction Surgery
Like all surgical procedures, Liposuction surgery has risks and complications. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation and how these can be avoided, including:
- Skin or wound infection
- Changes to nipple sensation including loss of feeling/sensation changes to the breasts
- Potential disruption of nipple functions that may impede breastfeeding
- Breast asymmetry or uneven nipples
- Scars or skin markings, dimples or inverted nipples
- Other risks of surgery in general such as having anaesthesia, circulatory risks and bleeding
- Unfavourable scarring
- Blood clots
- Poor wound healing
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
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How much is a Liposuction in Melbourne?- Prices and cost
All Surgery is customised and your surgeon will give you a price for surgery depending on the type of procedure you are having, the hospital you attend and the length of your stay.
After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and the hospital fees.
We can also provide information on Liposuction Payment Plan, Finance, Private Health Insurance and different methods of payment.
About Dr Geoff Barnett
Dr Geoff Barnett MBBS (Melb), FRACS (Plast) is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with extensive experience and knowledge in plastic surgery procedures including Arm lift surgery.
If you are wanting to have smaller arms and less flabby upper arm skin through an arm reduction procedure, or if you have lost a lot of weight and have redundant skin folds, Dr Barnett can help you with your body contouring requirements. Phone a caring Patient Care Coordinator during clinic hours on (03) 8849 1444 or send an enquiry form today. You are also welcome to attend one of our Free patient events.
What to do next?
Our Patient coordinators can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 8am-6pm, Monday – Friday.