When areas of fat around the body do not respond to exercise and dieting, surgery may be needed to remove the fat deposits and create the sleeker contour you are trying to achieve. Liposuction is a procedure that aims to eradicate fatty tissue from those areas that have been resistant to your weight loss efforts. The ability to precisely remove fat from both large and small areas can help to improve the shape of the body overall, from the neck to the hips and thighs. Our surgeons at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery offer different liposuction techniques that allows us to customise your procedure to your specific body contouring goals.
There are two basic types of fat found in the body. Visceral fat, which is located around the internal organs of the body, is not treatable with liposuction. The only way to get rid of visceral fat is through diet and exercise. Subcutaneous fat, which is found just underneath the skin’s surface, is a type fat that interferes with the sleek body contour you are trying to achieve. While it can often prove stubbornly resistant to diet or exercise, fortunately this is also the type of fat that liposuction is effective in removing.
The best candidates for liposuction are men and women who have focalised areas of subcutaneous fat they would like to remove. Prime candidates have likely achieved a healthy, stable weight and are in relatively good health. Good skin elasticity will also enhance the results of your liposuction procedure since this permits the skin to conform more closely to the new body contour. Because we offer different techniques at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, we can treat both soft and fibrous fat tissue, allowing nearly all our patients to achieve the results they want.
Liposuction aims to improve your body contour so that you can look and feel more confident in your appearance and more comfortable in your clothing. It is essential to have realistic expectations of what liposuction can – and cannot – do for you. Liposuction is not a weight reduction procedure and is usually recommended for patients who have achieved close to their target weight on the scale. It will reduce the number of fat cells in the treatment area, but it will not eliminate cellulite or stretch marks.
During your first consultation at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, you and your specialist plastic surgeon will discuss your aesthetic goals, the expectations you have, questions about the procedure, medical history and medications you are currently taking. Your surgeon will examine you to ensure you are suited to the procedure and take photos to use for comparison after surgery. Our staff will provide ample information to ensure you are confident in your choice to move forward with the procedure. You are always welcome to schedule a second consultation if you have additional concerns or questions you would like to address.
Because you will be given anaesthesia for your procedure, you will need to have someone drive you home and remain with you for a day or two to ensure your recovery begins safely. We will also give you some instructions to follow before your procedure to reduce your risk of bruising and bleeding:
You will have your surgery at one of the accredited hospitals used by the surgeons at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery. You will be instructed to bring your toiletries, medication you are currently taking and loose, comfortable clothing to the hospital with you. If you were fitted with a support garment beforehand, you should bring this to the hospital as well. Upon your arrival and check-in, you will be guided through the preparation process to ensure it goes as smoothly as possible. Your surgeon will let you know what and when to eat before your procedure and will provide you with an antiseptic soap for your pre-surgery shower that will reduce your risk of infection.
We will perform your liposuction procedure under local aesthetic with sedation or general anaesthesia, depending on how much fat will be removed and the treatment area to be addressed. Surgery takes anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. Multiple treatment areas and removal of a significant amount of fat tend to take longer.
First, an injection of a tumescent fluid will be administered that makes the fat cells easier to remove. The liquid also contains anaesthetic to further increase your comfort level during and after your procedure. Your surgeon will create tiny incisions in the treatment area that allow a narrow tube to be inserted directly into the fat deposit. The tube is manipulated back and forth to loosen fat cells, and then gentle suction attached to the tube eliminates the cells from the body.
The incisions are usually too small to require sutures. Instead, dressings will be placed over them while they heal. Tiny incisions result in minimal scarring and a quicker healing process overall. You may only require one incision per treatment area, although your surgeon will make this call based on the size of the area and the amount of fat to remove. The goal is to achieve a smooth, even and natural result.
Most surgeries involve a degree of discomfort afterward. You will be able to take prescription pain medicine that allows you to rest comfortably during the first few days. Bruising and swelling around the incision sites are also common, but these side effects subside within a few weeks. Any stiffness or soreness will also dissipate within a matter of days in most cases. If you are given a surgical garment to wear after your procedure, this will have a positive impact on the amount of bruising and swelling you experience.
The time taken from work will vary based on how much correction you need to achieve your aesthetic goals. Most of our patients are back to the majority of their schedules within one or two weeks. Your surgeon will give you guidelines for your recovery based on your specific situation. You will also be advised to avoid exercise for a more extended period to give your body ample time to heal. We will give you specific recommendations at the time of your surgery or your first follow-up appointment.
Every surgery comes with some degree of risk, and it is essential to understand what those potential complications are so that you can make an informed decision about your procedure. Liposuction risks might include:
You can minimise your risks by selecting a surgeon experienced in liposuction procedures. All our surgeons at Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery have extensive training and experience in these procedures, so we offer our patients the highest level of safety and efficacy possible.
Liposuction is a popular body contouring procedure due to its less invasive nature and ability to treat nearly any area of the body. To schedule your consultation and learn more about the benefits of liposuction, contact Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery on 03 9508 9508.
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