Liposuction Sydney NSW

Liposuction with Dr Turner in Sydney

Liposuction is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic operations performed worldwide. The ability to remove fat deposits beneath the skin. PLEASE NOTE – Dr Turner performs only small-volume Liposuction – often combined with surgery for contouring purposes. He does NOT perform large-volume liposuction for patients with a BMI > 30.

What is liposuction? 

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that is performed to remove excess fat from the body. A suction cannula, which resembles a thin metallic rod, is inserted in repetitive motions under the skin of the target area. 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. In some cases, the fat that is harvested will be used for Fat Grafting to a different area of the body. 

Dr Turner performs liposuction under general anaesthetic in one of our Private Hospitals in Sydney. 

Am I a candidate for Liposuction?

Liposculpture is ideal for those who are struggling to shift pockets of fat, despite maintaining a healthy lifestyle of diet and exercise.

The best liposuction 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 refine and contour their figure.

Liposuction Before and After Photos

See more Liposuction Before and After Photos in Dr Turner’s Lipo Gallery

The information provided is for general purposes only, it is not intended to replace a professional consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Invasive procedures carry inherent risks and potential complications which will be discussed in detail. Results vary and should be used only as a guide as every client is unique, which is why a second opinion is advisable. Learn more about the risks of plastic surgery at

Benefits of Liposuction or Liposculpture Surgery

Dr Turner mostly utilises Liposuction in conjunction with other surgical procedures, such as breast liftbreast reduction, abdominoplasty, facelift and fat grafting to enhance your body’s natural curves. However, in some cases, it may be performed as a stand-alone procedure.

Liposuction is NOT an alternative to dieting, nor an obesity treatment, it should be considered a reshaping or contouring tool, not a weight loss treatment. 

For more information on Neck or Submental Liposuction, please visit the Chin Liposuction page.

Liposuction Before and After by Top liposuction surgeon in Sydney and Newcastle Dr Turner

What to Expect from a Liposuction Procedure

Your liposuction procedure will be performed in a fully accredited, private hospital in Sydney. 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. The small incisions are covered with a dressing, and you are placed in a compression garment. You may be sent home with drains which will be removed at your first post-operative appointment with Dr Turner’s surgical nurse, these collect any excess fluid that would otherwise be trapped beneath the skin. 

Before your procedure, Dr Turner will mark the areas which will be operated on, he will also ask if you have any last-minute questions or concerns and put your mind at ease. 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. 

Recovery After Your Liposuction Procedure

To help minimise post-op swelling and promote a firm result, you will be required to wear a compression garment for up to 6 weeks, starting at close to 24hrs per day, and gradually decreasing. You can expect bruising for a period of 2 weeks and swelling for up to 6 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 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. You will have frequent appointments over the first year to monitor your progress, where our nursing team and Dr Turner will give you advice on scar management, wearing garments and resuming normal activities.

Stomach Liposuction vs Abdominoplasty

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 visible scar.

Nevertheless, a tummy tuck surgery allows for the 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.

Can Stomach Liposuction Be Combined with Other Procedures?

Yes, this is recommended. 

  • Neck/chin liposuction is often combined with a neck or lower facelift. 
  • Stomach liposuction is usually combined with an abdominoplasty or abdominoplasty. Any patient considering getting an abdominoplasty should consider getting additional liposuction. 
  • Liposuction for fat grafting is most often combined with facial surgeries or breast surgeries. 

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 minimise these complications, they may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the potential risks which will be discussed in further detail when you have your consultation with Dr Turner.

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.

Your Liposuction Consultation

Your 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 possible 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.

Can Liposuction fix cellulite?

Cellulite is an uneven skin texture and 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. It should also be noted that cellulite is often hereditary. Unfortunately, Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, and in some cases can make cellulite more visible. 

Further Reading and Medical Sources about Liposuction:

Liposuction Procedure Steps | American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Cosmetic procedures – Liposuction – NHS

Liposuction | Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons

Liposuction | Healthdirect

Why Choose Dr Turner Plastic Surgeon?

Dr Scott Turner is a highly experienced, fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon with current FRACS and ASPS memberships. He has spent a lifetime accumulating experience and qualifications in Breast, Body and Face Surgery.

You can fly overseas to find a cheaper surgeon in another country but not all Surgeons have the same experience or intensive training and testing qualifications.

Be sure you learn the differences between a Plastic Surgeon, a General Surgeon, a Dermatologist, a ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ or other types of Doctor that may perform your surgery.

Choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon means you are choosing an accredited recognised plastic surgeon that performs surgery in an accredited hospital.

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Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

  • Enquire to find out more about your surgery
  • Please read our website to learn more about your intended procedure

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

How to Book Your Consultation

  • You can book your initial consultation by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment


  • To find out more information about surgery you can book a FREE 15-minute phone conversation with our Friendly Patient Care team via Calendly- Book Consultant 1 or Book Consultant 2

Contact us or call on  1300 437 758  to arrange your surgeon consultation in Sydney.

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