Stomach Liposuction or Tummy Lipo for Belly Fat Removal in Sydney & Newcastle by Dr Turner
Tummy Lipo or Abdominal liposuction is one of the best ways to get rid of stubborn belly fat. Stomach Liposuction is an effective cosmetic procedure that leads to good results.
Whether it’s caused by pregnancy, weight loss, or unlucky genes, excess abdominal fat is never a good sight. A Mummy pooch, love handles, and bulky flanks can make your midsection look irregular and bloated. It can make your clothes look tight and unappealing on you. Sports and dieting can fail to get rid of stubborn stomach fat. That’s when stomach liposuction can help.
Belly lipo is a safe and straightforward surgery to get rid of belly fat. For patients with good quality skin and tissues, it’s an excellent alternative to a tummy tuck, and can sometimes be combined with it.
Using a hollow tube or cannula, fat is literally sucked from under the tummy skin to flatten it out. A stomach lipo can help tone your mid-torso and sculpt your flanks.
Plastic Surgeon Dr Scott Turner is one of the top plastic surgeons in Sydney & Newcastle performing liposuction. He expertly performs abdominal liposuction to help give you a flat belly and beautifully contoured midsection.
PLEASE NOTE – Dr Turner performs only small volume Liposuction – often combined with surgery for contouring purposes. He does NOT perform large volume lipo or mega-liposuction or lipo for patients with BMI > 30.
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What is Stomach Liposuction or Abdominal Liposuction?
Abdominal liposuction is a cosmetic surgery to remove excess fat from the belly area. A suction cannula, which resembles a thin metallic rod, is inserted in repetitive motions under the skin of the target area. This is usually the front belly and the flanks. The device “sucks” out the fat from under the skin. The fat cells that are sucked out are removed permanently and will not recur or grow back.
Tummy liposuction can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. It’s a perfect procedure for both women and men who have excess fat around the belly and flanks (love handles). Liposuction is considered one of the top ways to get rid of abdominal fat in these areas.
Note – Although the fat cells are removed forever, other fat cells that remain can still grow if you don’t watch your weight after liposuction. Fat is less likely to accumulate in the abdomen if you gain weight, however, it can manifest in other areas of the body.
Dr Turner uses Microaire Liposuction
Dr Turner uses one of the most advanced liposuction techniques available to deliver his dramatic and durable results. Dr Turner uses the Microaire liposuction system with a reciprocating cannula.
Stomach Liposuction vs Tummy Tuck
Compared to a tummy tuck surgery or abdominoplasty, tummy liposuction is less invasive. It does not involve any large incisions. It’s done through several tiny incisions that leave a minimal visible scar.
Nevertheless, a tummy tuck surgery allows for removal of excess loose skin and abdominal muscle tightening. Liposuction alone is NOT recommended if you have poor quality or excess loose skin.
Stomach liposuction is often combined with a tummy tuck to achieve the best possible results.
Benefits of Abdominal Liposuction
There are many benefits for abdominal liposuction that make it one of the most popular procedures in Australia. Here are some of the advantages that stomach liposuction offers:
- Gets rid of stubborn belly fat
- Tones and contours the whole abdomen – no more irregularities
- Reduces the size of love handles
- Flattens the stomach
- Very small incisions, and barely visible scars
- It’s a straightforward, low-risk surgery
- It has a minimal recovery time
- Can be done as a day surgery – No need to spend the night at the hospital
Liposuction can dramatically alter the way your abdomen looks. It can boost your self-confidence when wearing a swimsuit (or no clothes at all!). With a tight, flat belly your clothes will fit you perfectly without all the excessive curves.
This can be achieved with minimal scarring, downtime, and recovery symptoms.
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How is Abdominal Liposuction Performed?
Stomach liposuction can be done under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia (with intravenous sedation). You can discuss this with Dr Turner and your anaesthetists to see which is better for your case.
The steps of liposuction are as follows:
- First, Dr Turner starts by injecting a dilute anaesthetic into the target areas using a syringe. This constricts the blood vessels and reduces the chances of bleeding
- Then, a small skin incision is done, usually 3-5 millimetres long
- Through this incision, the suction cannula is introduced under the skin. The suction cannula is a hollow thin rod connected to a suction machine. It dislodges the fat under the skin and sucks it out into the connected container
- Dr Turner performs back and forth movements with the cannula repetitively in different directions to target the whole abdomen covered
- Several other incisions are done, through which the same process is repeated until the whole abdomen is contoured
- Since the incisions are very tiny, they are usually not sutured. Instead, specialised tape is used to close the wounds
- Sometimes, one or more plastic drains might be inserted into the wounds to drain out the fluid and prevent it from collecting (seroma)
Liposuction for belly fat is usually done as a one-day procedure. This means that you are usually free to go home after you are fully awake and have recoved.
Yes. Stomach liposuction is usually combined with an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck. Any patient considering getting a tummy tuck should consider getting additional liposuction.
Liposuction allows for more dramatic contoured results with abdominoplasty.
Recovery after stomach liposuction is usually not too demanding. You can usually resume most of your routine activities and work after 2 or 3 days post procedure.
Recovery after Stomach Liposuction
Some of the normal symptoms that you might experience during the few weeks after belly lipo include:
- Bruising around the belly
- Swelling, especially in the flanks and lower belly
- Pain around the incisions
- Numbness in some areas of the skin
These symptoms usually all gradually go away within 3-4 weeks. Some swelling might stay longer (for months) after liposuction, however, it’s usually minimal. In most cases, you can enjoy the full cosmetic benefits of abdominal liposuction 3-4 weeks after the procedure.
To reduce swelling and prevent seroma formation, Dr Turner will recommend wearing compression garments during the recovery period. Several sessions of lymphatic drainage massage could also help. This is a specialised form of massage that redirects any accumulating fluid after liposuction back into the lymph circulation.
Read more in Dr Turner’s blog about Recovery after Liposuction Surgery.
Are you suitable for Stomach Lipo?
Should you get belly liposuction? Well, you should consider the procedure if you meet the following criteria:
- You have stubborn abdominal fat
- You have a bulging mummy pooch
- You have bulky love handles or hips
- Your clothes are looking too tight on you
- Your belly is too curvy
- You want an alternative to a tummy tuck (e.g. if you are planning to have children)
- You have tried dieting but have stubborn fat pockets
If this sounds like you, then belly liposuction might be an option worth considering. Stomach lipo can flatten your belly, get rid of irregularities, and give your flanks and abdomen a smooth and beautiful contour.
Of course, to qualify for stomach liposuction, you should be in good health and not smoke. Lipo is NOT a regarded as a general weightloss solution.
Potential Risks & Complications of Stomach Lipo
Liposuction of belly fat is usually very safe. All surgery has risks and complications do occur very rarely. These potential complications can include:
- Wound infection
- Nerve injury and permanent loss of sensation in an area of skin
- Seroma formation (fluid collection in the wound)
- Haematoma formation (blood collection in the wound)
- Internal organ injury (extremely rare) – the suction catheter might damage an internal abdominal organ
The risk of complications after tummy lipo surgery is very low. However, you can minimise it even more by choosing a top liposuction surgeon and plastic surgeon to perform your procedure. Over the years, Dr Scott Turner has performed hundreds of abdominal liposuction surgeries for patients in Sydney and Newcastle NSW.
Dr Turner will cover all your risks and how he manages them in detail at your consultation.
Tummy Liposuction Cost Sydney – Prices & Fees – How much is Stomach Liposuction in Sydney?
Determining the cost of belly lipo is a little complicated. It depends on the type of anaesthesia you get, the size of the target body region, and whether you combine it with additional surgery or not.
After your initial consultation, you will be given a detailed quote. This will include the Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee and hospital fees.
You may also need a comfortable financing option for your liposuction procedure.
Unfortunately, stomach liposuction is not usually covered by insurance or Medicare in Australia. It’s considered as a purely cosmetic procedure and should hence be self-funded.
For an estimate of your own Liposuction price in Sydney or Newcastle please phone the rooms on 1300 641199 – contact Dr Turner’s team or download the Surgery Pricing Guide on the Pricing page.
Absolutely! Abdominal liposuction has been voted “worth it” by 88% of lipo patients on Realself.com. You can check out the reviews yourself.
Belly lipo is less expensive than a tummy tuck surgery, needs less recovery time, and has milder recovery symptoms. However, it still can lead to dramatic toning and sculpting of the abdomen. It can flatten your belly and get rid of bulky love handles. And the best part is that it is an almost scarless procedure.
Tummy Lipo FAQs – Questions about Stomach Liposuction
What surgery removes belly fat?
Liposuction is the main surgery done to remove fat from under the skin. However, other procedures, like the tummy tuck surgery, can also remove a significant amount of fat from under the skin. Tummy tuck and liposuction are usually combined together to surgically remove the most amount of fat possible – a lipoabdominoplasty.
What is the best treatment for belly fat?
If exercise and dieting have failed, then liposuction is the best next option to remove stubborn fat. Liposuction permanently gets rid of the fat cells under the skin of your abdomen. This can lead to a flat and well-contoured stomach with no excessive bulging or curving.
Can liposuction get rid of belly fat?
Yes. Liposuction is actually the best way to get rid of belly fat (if dieting and exercise fail). Using a suction cannula, the subcutaneous fat is sucked from under the skin, leading to a flat and tight appearance.
Does fat return after liposuction?
No. The fat cells that are removed are removed permanently. They do not recur. However, the fat cells that do remain can increase in size if you gain weight. The areas treated with liposuction are less likely, however, to be affected. You will more probably show signs of weight gain in other areas of the body.
How is stomach lipo done?
Stomach lipo is done using a suction cannula under anaesthesia. This is a thin hollow rod, connected to a suction machine. It is inserted in repetitive motions under the skin to suck out the fat and flatten the belly.
How can I flatten my stomach after liposuction?
There are several ways to flatten the stomach after getting liposuction. If you have minimal lax or loose skin, then doing sports is usually enough to tighten the belly within a few months. If you have moderately lax skin, then you can consider a skin tightening treatment or even a tummy tuck surgery procedure.
How long does stomach lipo last?
Stomach lipo can last forever, as long as you maintain a healthy weight range. Even if you do gain weight, the area treated with liposuction would be less likely to show it.
Will pregnancy ruin my liposuction results?
No. Pregnancy will not significantly alter your abdominal lipo results. When you get pregnant, you will definitely gain weight, and the shape of your belly will change. However, after you give birth, you can gradually return to your pre-pregnancy body but may have stretched skin & muscles. You may need a mummy makeover surgery.
Does health insurance cover liposuction?
Unfortunately, insurance and medicare do not cover liposuction surgery in Australia. Belly lipo is considered a purely cosmetic procedure and not a medical necessity. This is why it is usually not eligible for coverage.
How much weight can you lose with liposuction?
You can lose 1-3 kgs or more after liposuction. However, liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. The goal is not to reduce the numbers on the scale. The goal is rather to change the way your belly looks and make it flatter. Liposuction will not stop you from gaining weight or help you lose any significant weight.
How soon after lipo will I see results?
The full results can be observed 3-4 weeks after liposuction. By then, the swelling and bruising will have settled down and you can notice a significant difference in the way your abdomen looks.
Does Stomach Lipo leave scars?
Yes and no. Liposuction leaves very tiny scars. These are usually not visible and fade away within a year of your procedure. You can have scar minimisation treatments
Does liposuction leave loose skin?
Liposuction can sometimes lead to a loose skin appearance in patients who already have lax skin. If you have good skin elasticity, your skin should tighten itself slightly after liposuction.
What is a 360 Lipo?
A 360 liposuction is a variant of the abdominal liposuction that targets the front, back, and sides of the mid-torso for a more complete body contouring effect.
Further Reading and Medical Sources about Stomach Liposuction:
- Liposuction Procedure Steps | American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
- Cosmetic procedures – Liposuction – NHS
- Liposuction | Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Liposuction | healthdirect
About Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.
Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures. He is a committed board member of ASAPS – Australia Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.
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