Liposuction Melbourne – Body Contouring and Fat Reduction
All about Liposuction and Body Contouring
Most of us gain weight as we age. We also gain uneven fat distribution, especially if we’ve undergone weight changes or had children. If we live an active, healthy lifestyle but find ‘stubborn pockets’ of body fat that simply won’t budge, Liposuction may be the solution.
- Are you generally fit and healthy but have some stubborn bulges you can’t budge?
- Do you want to reduce stubborn fat deposits, and contour your body to smooth out lumps and bumps?
If so, then Liposuction surgery (body contouring with tumescent liposuction) might be the solution you are seeking.
However, every patient is different and you MAY (or may not) be a good candidate for the procedure. The best way to tell if Liposuction is a good way to meet your body contouring goals is to meet with Dr Prav (our Aesthetic Medicine Practitioner for Liposuction Surgery).
- If you have bulges but good skin resiliency and are generally fit, liposuction might be a good option for yo.
- But if you have too much excess fat, or very loose skin, then a Tummy Tuck and/or weight-stability program may be required.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as “lipo” or “lipoplasty,” is one of the safest and most popular cosmetic body procedures requested by patients in Australia and other countries around the world. Whilst it is a surgery and all surgery is serious, it’s considered a minimally invasive procedure in that there are not large incisions made – rather, an small incision is made to insert a suction-assisted device (Cannula) to reduce fat cells in the treated areas.
Two other popular body contouring and body reshaping procedures are:
- Fat reduction using EnCurve RF or Coolsculpting (non-surgical fat cell reduction technologies)
- Tummy Tuck Surgery (Abdominoplasty) or a Belt Lipectomy – as well as Post-Weight Loss Body Contouring Surgeries, best performed in a fully accredited Hospital for increased patient comfort and safety
Coco Ruby Tumescent Liposuction can help to reshape virtually any area of the body by removing fat from stubborn areas that are not responsive to lifestyle.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that improves the body’s contour by reducing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. Tumescent Liposuction is one of the most popular types of liposuction procedures, but there are several different kinds.
- Liposuction is a proven surgical technique for body contouring.
- It involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula (from the Latin word for reed, tube, cane).
- As the name itself implies, high-tech suctioning equipment (lipo suction) is a KEY component of Liposuction fat cell reduction.
- Injections are made into the areas to be treated to help reduce swelling and bleeding before suctioning.
- The cannula is firmly connected to a powerful suction pump and your Surgeon then inserts the cannula into the areas of fat, through small incisions in the skin, to reduce the amount of body fat or fat cells in that area of the body.
- Fat reduction and body contouring is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers (fat tissues).
- After healing from the surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse, resulting in an improved body contour.
Recovery times from Liposuction: Recovery times after LIPO range from a few days to seven days.
You may be very tender and sore, or even bruised, however; but depending on your health, your natural recovery ability and what you had done – you may be able to go back to some work duties in as little as a week following your procedure. If at all possible, however, you’ll want to take 2 weeks to recovery so that you can not over-stress yourself and allow your body to heal.
Sleeping Is Often Disturbed After Liposuction or Other Cosmetic Surgery as you Recovery From Your Lipo Surgery
Sleeping is sometimes interrupted after a surgery (due to feeling sore, swollen or uncomfortable as your body recovers). and so it’s always best to wait as long as you can before going back to work after Liposuction.
- That noted, so long as you follow your Surgeon’s instructions, some people return to minor duties within a few days of having their surgery.
- The most important consideration in selecting any cosmetic body procedures is safety and the experience and quality of your Surgeon, and the collaborative approach that you and your Surgeon take to your surgery and your healing period.
- Don’t risk the high cost of cheap surgery – it isn’t worth it! If you get an undesired result or need a revision, you can end up paying five to fifteen times the cost of your ‘discount liposuction’ procedure. So it’s best to choose a qualified and capable Surgeon to perform your Liposuction body contouring surgery.
- Coco Ruby’s outstanding team of Practitioners and our dedicated Liposuction Surgeon includes Aesthetic Physician Dr Prav Kumar, who performs Liposuction in Melbourne (near Berwick).
- Our Team practices best practice pre-surgery and post-surgery protocols; they are also highly respected in the cosmetic industry.
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.
The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who are close to their ideal weight, but still have unwanted bulges of fat. Although liposuction can improve body contour at any weight, those with a BMI over 30 are typically not good candidates for treatment. (For weight loss assistance, Bariatric Surgeons and weight loss tips, visit the New Body Specialists site).
We strongly recommend you consult with either Dr Prav Kumar, our Liposuction Aesthetic Surgeon in Melbourne and Berwick, or one of our Plastic Surgeons to determine if liposuction is right for your unique situation.
You may need a Tummy Tuck instead, or you may be a candidate for EnCurve RF. We can help you understand what will get you the results you’re seeking (as well as what certain procedures CAN – and CANNOT – accomplish in fat reduction).
How Liposuction and Body Sculpting can help reshape your body
If you look in your mirror and all you can see is flabby bits in the wrong spots, then contouring with liposuction may be a great solution to help you to reduce stubborn fat.
There are just some areas of the body that diet and exercise don’t reach, small stubborn pockets of fat that prevent you from the body contour you desire. You could use liposuction or liposculpture to reduce or eliminate your unsightly pockets of fat during a body sculpting.
Liposuction are primarily body contouring tools, not weight-loss techniques. It is important to note that Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or weight loss nor is it a solution for excess or loose saggy skin. Liposuction is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, dimpled skin or stretch marks. (If you have stretch marks, however, see one of our Dermal Clinicians and ask about the potential for CIT/Dermapen treatments).
Your underlying fitness level is important – liposuction does not cure bad diet and exercise habits.
Best results are achieved using a combination of good nutrition, portion control, and regular exercise/strength building with surgery as an optional resort to “tweak” your problem areas once you are in shape.
Get a good diet & exercise program before you consider Liposuction
We strongly encourage anyone who is considering body contouring surgery to first consider undertake diet and exercise.
You may be a good candidate for Liposuction if:
- You have toned up in the gym
- You have achieved a stable and normalised weight
- You are still unhappy with your body shape
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.
Liposuction is a relatively common surgery with relatively low downtime compared with other body contouring surgery options, such as a full Tummy Tuck or Lower Body Lift. Normally, you can return to work in a few days after getting Lipo.
You’ll need PATIENCE after you get LIPOSUCTION
Your final results from Liposuction can take between six weeks and two months to see the full effect of the reshaping surgery.
On the flip side, there is also sometimes the impression of unethical and under-trained doctors performing dangerous, cowboy procedures in backyard clinics.
Between the two extremes there can be quite a bit of confusion.
So what’s involved and why is Liposuction so popular for body contouring?
Let’s start with some definitions
Liposuction is a procedure in which a patient, usually under a general anaesthetic (i.e. unconscious and their breathing being monitored by an Anaesthetist), has excess fat or problematic fat cells reduced by a surgeon through long, hollow cylindrical instrument called a cannula.
- Most liposuction procedures use a ‘tumescent technique’ to minimise blood loss and bruising.
- First, a diluted fluid of local anaesthetic and epinephrine (capillary constrictor) is injected into the fat being treated.
- Thin metallic tubes called cannulas are then inserted into the body through tiny incisions in the skin.
Many different types of cannulas can be used for liposuction surgery. It depends a lot on the area being treated and on your Surgeon’s preferences.
- The cannula is then attached to a vacuum-type device that collects the fat.
- Using the cannula, the surgeon makes controlled motions to dislodge the fat, which is suctioned out with a surgical vacuum or syringe.
- The process is quick and rapidly excises excess fat from under the skin.
Small areas of liposuction are often done using local Anaesthesia, with or without oral sedation. Larger areas are typically performed under IV sedation or general Anaesthesia.
The procedure rarely requires an overnight stay at a hospital, unless a large amount of fat is being suctioned for elimination.
Liposuction is often combined with other procedures. Fat that is reduced or eliminated from one area of the body can sometimes also be purified and transferred to other areas of the body, including the buttocks or face, to restore volume loss or create a desired body shape. However, this involves multiple processes and procedures, and there are certain risks to consider with fat transfer methods, including dual procedure risks and whether or not the fat remains where it is being injected (it’s not a 100% survival rate for transferred fat cells, so you may be better with an implant for breast surgery than fat transfer, for example).
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Where is LIPOSUCTION most commonly performed?
Liposuction and Body Contouring is commonly performed in areas including the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, as well as sometimes on the breast area, arms, neck, chin, or upper back.
It can be an effective way at getting the contours you want.
Liposculpture also involves the reduction of fat or fat cells via cannulas (surgical tubes). However, in sculpture, the cannulas are much, much finer, sometimes only 1 or 2mm in diameter, and the fat is suctions and eliminated much more slowly; the amounts of fat in each passing swipe of the cannula are smaller. Often, sculpture surgeons will infiltrate the region with a solution of local anaesthetic and adrenaline to minimise pain and trauma to the surrounding tissues.
As the name suggest, liposculpture is not as concerned with reducing excess fat as with moulding and shaping regions of the body through targeted elimination of excess fat or fat cells.
Liposculpture doctors often sometimes keep their patients awake, so the patients can walk around midway through the procedure to ensure that the sculpting process looks great not only when the patient is lying down, but also when moving about. However, not all Surgeons or patients think this is a great idea, and not everyone is comfortable being ‘awake’ during a cosmetic surgery procedure – so you’ll want to ask your Liposuction Surgeon what they do and how they sculpt the body for the best reshaping and body contouring effects.
Remember, also – that surgery doesn’t remedy everything and it has it’s limitations. It’s effective BUT you’ll need to keep your expectations realistic and know that results can vary from patient to patient.
Liposuction is not the inferior procedure, but it does have different applications to liposculpture.
In surgery such as abdominoplasty (a tummy tuck) or a breast reduction, liposuction can aid in reducing the amount of body fat from areas in and around the operative site. This can help greatly improve the final aesthetic result, especially for a Tummy Tuck or Breast Reduction.
For the patient wanting an area shaped, however, and not needing surgery, liposculpture is usually the better option. It should be noted the purpose of the procedure is not to aid in weight management, only to reshape.
- At our practice, Liposuction or Liposculpture techniques are preceded by an extensive consultation.
- Detailed medical histories are taken, areas of concern and patient desires are discussed in depth.
- On the day of the procedure, the regions to be sculpted are marked carefully.
Liposuction is sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients. Having LIPO done slims and reshapes specific areas of your body by reducing excess fat deposits and improving your overall body contours and proportion. Liposculpture is done with smaller rods (cannulas) and with more attention to smaller areas.
Advances in Liposuction and Body Contouring
There are numerous different procedures that claim to sculpt the body and help reduce body fat. Liposuction and Body Contouring have been around a lot longer than most other aesthetic surgical techniques, so have more data on effectiveness, but some newer techniques like EnCurve RF are showing great promise. It depends, however, on your body and how much fat you want reduced.
Surgery is often the more efficient or precise way of body contouring compared to non-surgical methods; but which procedure will suit you best is something only you and your Surgeon can decide, after a thorough consultation.
With the longer development history worldwide recent advances in Liposuction and Body Contouring techniques, including cannula size, suction technologies and strategies, liposuction may give more predictable results than ‘fat-cooling’ or ‘heating’ methods (EnCurve RF or Coolsculpting being the two currently popular methods).
Combination Liposuction with other Body Contouring Procedures
It is sometimes combined with other surgical procedures including the Body Lift procedures such as Tummy Tuck, Arm Lift or Arm Reduction Surgery (Brachioplasty) or Thigh Lift surgery.
Liposuction is also commonly used in some Breast Surgery procedures to best shape the breasts, such as during a Breast Reduction or Uplift Surgery.
- Although Liposuction (and Liposculpture, which is a slightly different approach to Liposuction) is a relatively common procedure, it has evolved over recent decades.
- It is considered to be a semi-invasive procedure but it remains a SURGERY.
- ALL surgery is serious even when considered generally safe for suitable, healthy patients.
- Surgery has risks; familiarise yourself with these risks and make a fully informed decision.
- Don’t rush your decision; and trust your gut. Choose a Surgeon who has an aesthetic eye and a passion for helping people get excellent results (not perfection, which isn’t possible – but excellence).
Like all significant surgery procedures, Liposuction is best performed under strict guidelines in an accredited hospital or day surgery facility for best-practice patient care.
What results can I expect from Liposuction?
As with all cosmetic procedures, results will vary from person to person.
It takes several months, and sometimes up to a year, to see final results.
Usually after liposuction, you’ll have a flatter looking stomach, or smoother body contours, thinner or firmer thighs or more shapely breasts after liposuction done during a breast reduction. It depends on what area was treated and how well you keep your weight stable (your LIFESTYLE has a huge impact on your results, especially over time).
Because it does take time for the swelling after liposuction to recede, many doctors recommend waiting at least 12 months before considering any revisional work or further contouring.
How Long Do Liposuction Results Typically Last?
The number of fat cells adults have in our bodies tends to stay relatively the same over time (but there are exceptions, such as changes in weight, morbid obesity or hormonal changes). Even with changes over time, it appears our bodies do not readily produce new fat cells or readily eliminate existing ones naturally or rapidly. Hence, results can be stable over time if you follow a healthy lifestyle and maintain a good weight after liposuction. Things such as medication with weight gain side effects, however, or pregnancy or menopause, might have an effect on your outcome – every body is different.
But the area of science that involves fat cell creation and elimination is still evolving.
- Diet and exercise are generally believed to shrink the size of our fat cells, but they don’t appear to eliminate them.
- The reduction in the number of fat cells from liposuction is believed to be long lasting.
- Factors like weight gain and pregnancy or other hormonal or lifestyle changes, however, may still increase the size or number of remaining cells.
What to Expect: Safety and Complications
Does Liposuction hurt?
- Pain is normal after liposuction and often requires prescription medication. The more fat reduction through liposuction, the more pain you’re likely to feel during the initial post-op and recovery phase (which can last days to weeks to months).
- Most people say the first two to three days are often the most uncomfortable after liposuction.
- They often report continuing to feel lesser amounts of pain for several weeks to several months following the procedure, but that it can take time for some soreness to more fully abate.
- Severe pain after liposuction is unusual and may be a sign of a complication.
Be sure to discuss the best methods of post-liposuction follow up with your Surgeon.
- If anything unusual or concerning occurs, such as severe pain, call your Surgeon to make sure you’re healing properly.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions and never be afraid to express your concerns.
- Communication is a crucial component of our best practice post-op care excellence!
More Tips about Recovery After Liposuction
- The results of liposuction typically come in stages, varying by individual.
- You’ll likely see some results immediately after surgery, but swelling and bruising are normal and take weeks to resolve.
- Some residual swelling may persist for several months.
- It’s also common to have some weight gain due to swelling and the tumescent fluid that was injected. This will resolve over time.
- Most people see final results six months after surgery, but you may continue to see improvements for up to a year.
Most doctors recommend taking at a week off from work and your regular routine. Those who undergo a small amount of liposuction in only one particular body area – may need only a few days.
In order to prevent blood clots and discourage swelling, light walking is usually recommended starting the day of surgery. Heavy exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks.
Wear Compression Garments after Liposuction
- The use of a compression garment is often recommended for anywhere from three to six weeks or longer.
- These garments are beneficial for decreasing the amount of bruising and swelling, and helping loose skin to retract.
- Some Surgeons do not use garments, however often the final result is achieved sooner with the use of these garments, and it may lead to a better or more pleasing result – so we usually highly recommend them.
- You’ll get used to wearing a garment in just a day or two, and most people like the support they provide during the post-op healing period.
It’s important to follow your Surgeon’s post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your safety and good results.
What about Scars After Liposuction?
Liposuction involves a series of small incisions less than a centimetre long. Just like scarring from any other type of injury, these incisions will go through a maturation process, likely over the course of a year.
- For the first few months, scars may be red and possibly raised and/or firm.
- As the scar matures, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable.
Some people are prone to hypertrophic scars or keloids which are abnormal scars that become prominent. If you or a blood relative have a tendency for these types of scars, please inform your doctor.
Your Surgeon may suggest a scar lightening cream, silicone scar sheets, laser treatments, or injections to further minimise the appearance.
Use sunscreen and avoid any prolonged exposure to the sun for at least two months, as UV rays can darken the appearance of scars.
What are the potential complications from Liposuction Procedures?
Choosing a certified highly experienced surgeon significantly reduces your risk of pre and postoperative complications.
As with any surgery, liposuction carries risks, such as bleeding and reaction to anaesthesia.
Possible complications specific to the liposuction procedure include:
Infection– Skin infections are rare, but possible. Severe skin infections might be life threatening. It is important to report any inflammation or redness around the site of treatment. These signs may indicate a more complex infection that can spread to the rest of your body. It is important to carefully follow all pre and post-surgical instructions.
Numbness– Temporary or permanent numbness in the affected area may occur. Temporary nerve irritation is also possible.
Fat Embolism-It is important to adhere to all postoperative instructions. Compressive garments are vital aspect of your recovery period. Failure to adhere to these instructions can lead to complications such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and even death.
Bruising– Hematomas (bruises) can occur when an increased amount of bleeding is present. It is important to make sure you and your surgeon choose the correct type of liposuction based on your specific needs, to decrease the risk of post-treatment bleeding.
Contour irregularities– Often a result of poor technique (uneven fat removal) your skin may appear bumpy, wavy or even withered. Poor skin elasticity and unusual healing patterns can also cause these changes, which may be permanent. Damage beneath the skin from a thin tube (cannula) that’s used during liposuction might also give the skin a permanent spotted appearance.
Internal puncture– It is rare that a cannula penetrates too deeply. However, without the right experience aggressive treatments can puncture tissues, causing damage to internal organs. Internal puncture might require emergency surgery and can even lead to death.
The risks of complications increase when the surgeon is working on larger surfaces of your body, or even performing multiple procedures during the same operation. Although liposuction is a common procedure- and relatively safe, it is important that you choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to complete your treatment.
Choosing a certified experienced surgeon significantly reduces your risk of pre and postoperative complications.
About Dr Prav Kumar, Aesthetic Physician and Liposuction Surgeon
“Dr Prav” is passionate about providing patient care excellence with all of his procedures. His focuses on performing Liposuction and delivering natural-looking Injectables Treatments, such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal volumisers.
He will make it a priority to help you get you the best possible shape for what you’re wanting to achieve with liposuction – for your waist, hips, breasts or buttocks areas.
He also performs Naval-area Contouring liposuction as well as Liposculpting Procedures.
Dr Prav Kumar’s focus is on body contouring with Liposuction and Facial Rejuvenation treatments with injectables and dermal volumisers.
An Aesthetic Physician, “Dr Prav” works alongside several of Australia’s leading Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeons as well as at Coco Ruby Skin & Anti-Ageing..
To meet with Dr Prav to assess if Liposuction is right for YOU to reduce stubborn fat stores from specific parts of your body on your tummy, hips, buttocks or breast area, send a confidential enquiry form today (at the bottom of this page).
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Liposuction Melbourne – Cost of Liposuction Surgery
Quality or lowest cost?
Cost of Liposuction is an important factor when considering liposuction surgery.
The quality of liposuction is more important than the price of liposuction.
If the ultimate goal of liposuction is to have a satisfied patient, then the surgeon’s expertise and experience are undoubtedly more important than the price.
Liposuction prices are important but should not be the most important factor when considering lipo surgery.
Be careful not to put your body in the “bargain bin”.
Choosing a liposuction surgeon based on the lowest price might ultimately be the most expensive choice, if the initial cosmetic results are so bad that another surgeon must be paid to repair the work of the first liposuction surgeon.
Among the most common undesirable outcomes of liposuction are:
- Incomplete liposuction with very little evidence that liposuction was actually done:
- Excessive liposuction producing an unnatural or disfigured appearance
- Irregular and uneven results with unsightly depressions in the skin; and
- Large scars that reveal that the patient has had liposuction. Caveat emptor (Buyer beware).
How are my fees calculated?
The total cost for liposuction surgery is the sum of the non-surgical fee plus one or more surgical fees.
The non-surgical fees include the cost of the operating room, nursing staff, pre-operative laboratory tests, post-operative garments and supplies.
The surgical fees represent the prices for lipo surgery of each individual area.
Factors that determine cost of liposuction include:
- The size of the patient;
- Amount of time and effort required of the surgeon;
- Cost of anesthesiologist’s services;
- Operating room fees;
- Preoperative laboratory fees;
- Other related expenses, such as elastic compression garments, etc.
Expected Time and Effort
The expected time and effort that is required to accomplish a liposuction surgery is the most important factor in determining the cost of liposuction. Factors that typically affect the surgeon’s time and effort include:
- Number of areas being treated;
- Size of the patient;
- Anticipated degree of difficulty.
Thus, cost of liposuction of the abdomen alone is less than the cost of doing liposuction on both the abdomen as well as the inner thighs and knees. Similarly the cost for abdominal liposuction on a patient who weighs over 80 kilos might be more than the cost for liposuction of the abdomen of a patients who has never weighed more than 60 kilos.
Liposuction is more difficult and requires more time if the patient has previously gained and then lost a significant amount of weight.
In any area previously treated with liposuction the fat often contains scar tissue which makes liposuction in the same area more difficult.
Other variables affecting price of liposuction
- Experience of the surgeon; and
- Geographic location of the surgeon.
An expert liposuction surgeon who has done thousands of liposuction procedures, who consistently achieves outstanding results, and who is in great demand, will often charge more than a less experienced surgeon.
Surgeons who are not busy may offer discounts, or entice prospective patients by offering free consultation.
Surgeon’s who have had unhappy patients and who do not have a good reputation might also lower liposuction prices in order to attract new patients.
In geographic areas where rents and labor costs are high, one can expect higher prices for liposuction.
Finance for Liposuction
There are external credit providers and Finance and Payment options for Cosmetic or Plastic Surgery Procedures.
See the Payment Options to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goal.
Next Step: Book your Initial Consultation for Liposuction
- Email us or Call on (03) 8849 1400 to arrange your consultation appointment.
- A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
- Book a consultation with one of CocoRuby’s leading Aesthetic Physicians.
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
- You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothing
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- Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us
- Browse our Frequently Asked Questions including how to choose a Surgeon for your procedure
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