Liposuction in Newcastle & Sydney NSW
Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic operations performed worldwide. The ability to remove fatty deposits beneath the skin with little scarring and ability to sculpt areas from the abdomen, thigh, arms, and neck is one of the many reasons liposuction has remained so popular.
Liposculpture is ideal for those who are struggling to shift stubborn pockets of fat, despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The best candidates include healthy men and women of normal weight with good skin tone and elasticity with realistic expectations. Liposuction should not be considered as a substitute for weight loss, so patients should be physically healthy and seeking to merely refine and contour their figure.
What about Cellulite?
This uneven skin texture appears to be due to bands of fibrous tissue pulling on the skin so the superficial fat accumulation is not even. This surface irregularity often becomes more noticeable as the overlying skin thins as we age, especially in women. Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, and in some cases can make cellulite more visible.
Benefits of Liposuction Surgery
Liposuction can be used as a stand-alone procedure or in conjunction with other surgical procedures such as breast lift, breast reduction, tummy tuck, facelift and fat grafting to enhance your body’s natural curves.
It is NOT an alternative to dieting, nor a treatment for obesity. Consider it a ‘reshaping’ tool, not a weight-loss treatment.
Some of the many benefits of liposuction include:
• Remove stubborn and unwanted fat from specified areas
• Re-shape and smooth existing contours
• Sculpt new curves
What to Expect from a Liposuction Procedure
Your liposuction procedure is performed in a fully accredited hospital. Your anaesthetist will give you a general anaesthetic and you can expect the operation to take between 1-3 hours depending on how many areas are treated. Most patients are able to go home the same day of surgery with no drains required. The small incisions are covered with a dressing and you are placed in a compression garment.
Before your procedure, Dr Turner will mark the areas to be suctioned. During the procedure, tiny incisions are hidden in natural body creases; it is through these incisions a special fluid called ‘Tumescent Solution’ is infiltrated into the fat. This fluid assists with the removal of fat cells and contains adrenaline to decrease postoperative bruising, as well as local anaesthetic which makes the area numb for postoperative comfort. The fat is suctioned out via the small incisions until the desired contour is achieved.
There are a variety of liposuction techniques available that are referred to by their brand name and often cause confusion to patients who contemplate having liposuction. The primary difference is the type of energy source used to suction the fat. Dr Scott Turner will discuss the benefits of each and select the technique that is best suited to achieve your fat reduction and body shaping aesthetic goals.
Recovery After Your Liposuction Procedure
To help minimise post-op swelling and promote the flattest and firmest body contour possible, you will be required to wear a compression garment under your clothing for six weeks. Expect bruising for a period of two weeks and swelling for up to six weeks.
You should be aware that the final result may take several months to show and healing may continue for up to a year. It is normal to experience temporary numbness (up to a year) in the liposuction areas.
Patients report minor post-operative pain, which is treated with oral medication. You will be given a prescription for pain management. Have someone fill the prescription, drive you home and take care of you as you recover during the first few days after your surgery.
You may return to work and begin light exercise as soon as one week after liposuction surgery. You are encouraged to resume normal exercise as soon as you are able as this helps with skin tightening. Most activities can be resumed fully at six weeks following your procedure.
You will have an appointment to see Dr Turner within the first week after surgery to check that your wounds are healing as expected. Dr Turner will see you frequently over the first year to monitor your progress and will give you advice on scar management, wearing garments and resuming normal activities.
Risks Associated with Liposuction Surgery
As with any surgery, it is important that you are fully informed of the potential risks associated with liposuction surgery. While all care is taken to minimize these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care.
It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks and they will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.
Some risks are more likely to occur than others:
• Postoperative infection
• Bleeding or haematoma
• Poor Scarring including keloid scars
• Blood clots in legs or lungs
• Revision surgery to correct or improve the outcome
• Numbness to the overlying skin
• Asymmetry with over or under correction
• Skin irregularities, ripples or discolouration
• Fat embolism which can be life-threatening
• Lumpiness or fat necrosis
• Temporary or permanent pain
• Damage to deeper structures/organs
Your Liposuction Consultation
Your liposuction consultation begins with a personal one on one consultation with Dr Turner at one of his Sydney or Newcastle clinics. After discussing your medical history and procedure goals, Dr Turner conducts a thorough examination to assess you as a good surgical candidate.
During the consultation, Dr Turner will assess the quality of your skin tone (elasticity), presence of cellulite or stretch marks, distribution of fat deposits and routine pre-op photographs are taken. Finally, Dr Turner will provide you with a detailed discussion of which of the various techniques will be used during your liposuction surgery to achieve your goals.
At your consultation, Dr Turner will discuss carefully with you your areas of concern and the factors that will influence a positive outcome of liposuction surgery. It is important to have realistic expectations as to the outcome of your liposuction surgery.
DR TURNER AND HIS STAFF WILL:
• Review the liposculpture procedures with you.
• Discuss all potential risks involved with liposuction surgery.
• Outline in detail how the surgery is performed.
• Provide an explanation of what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure.
• Provide detailed cost and payment information.
• Answer all your questions.
Liposuction FAQs – Questions about Lipo
If I have fat removed through liposuction, will it reappear elsewhere?
Liposuction is the process of removing fat cells from a specific area of the body. If you gain weight, fat cells in other parts of your body will expand.
After getting liposuction, will the excess skin shrink back to size?
In most cases, yes. It depends on your genes and how elastic your skin is. If you have visible stretch marks from rapid weight gain, that’s a telling sign your skin has very little elasticity and isn’t likely to shrink back completely. The loose flesh will regain some of its old form, but not entirely.
Does liposuction leave scars?
Incisions made during liposuction are very small and placed in inconspicuous areas. Most scars visible after liposuction will heal well. After a short amount of time it will be difficult to see where they were originally made.
Can I have liposuction during another plastic surgery operation?
Liposuction is often performed in combination with other cosmetic surgeries, particularly abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck), breast reduction and facelift. Dr Turner can advise on the personal advantages and risks of having liposuction at the same time as other procedures, according to your health and expectations for a changed appearance
Will having liposuction cure cellulite?
Liposuction surgery is not a cellulite treatment, though it may lessen cellulite’s appearance in some cases. Liposuction works to contour the body’s shape from deep beneath the skin and does not treat the dimpled appearance of cellulite closer to the skin’s surface. Unfortunately you cannot be given a guarantee of any improvement to your cellulite from having liposuction.
How long do liposuction results last?
Liposuction is permanent, in the sense that it removes a quantity of fat cells from a part of the body that are in place there at a particular time. After the surgery, if you keep up good habits such as healthy eating and regular exercise, the body re-contouring from your liposuction will be long-term.
How much fat can be removed with liposuction surgery?
The amount of fat removed by liposuction varies widely between individuals for reasons to do with health, medical history, lifestyle, genetics and expectations of body image following the surgery. Only your plastic surgeon can determine how much fat can be extracted, after a personal consultation and examination of your fat tissue, skin condition and a detailed discussion of your goals. It should be noted that liposuction surgery is a sculptural cosmetic treatment to contour body areas that have been unresponsive to ongoing attempts at toning It is not a fast weight loss treatment for people with obesity. The more fat removed during liposuction, the higher the risk to the patient during the procedure and recovery.