Liposuction removes subcutaneous fat in areas of good skin tone in order to contour and slim parts of the body.
It is an effective technique in patients who are already at their ideal body weight, but are seeking to reshape persistent bulges such as the upper thighs (saddle bags), flanks (love handles) and lower abdomen (muffin top). Liposuction is often used in conjunction with other surgical procedures eg gynaecomastia and neck lift, to create natural results and soften the junction between operated and non-operated parts of the body.
A discussion of your concerns regarding your body shape and your other health problems will be followed by an examination of the area that may benefit from surgery. The examination will determine if other surgical procedures will be used in conjunction with liposuction to achieve your ideal body shape.
Your surgeon will explain in detail the procedure and its risks and alternatives.
Liposuction is usually performed as a day procedure in hospital. On the day of surgery, you and your surgeon will determine the exact areas to be targeted with markings placed on your skin. In the operating theatre, local anaesthetic is infused into the area to be sculpted. This can be used alone to numb the area, or in conjunction with a general anaesthetic. For each body area, two or three incisions are made to allow the liposuction cannula (a long thin probe that removes the fat) to pass under your skin. Careful volume measurements are made during the procedure to ensure that your expectations are met, and body symmetry is obtained. The small incisions are closed with dissolving stitches. Small waterproof dressings are applied to these incisions.
In the recovery room or in the operating theatre, you are helped into a compression garment. This is an elasticised garment that is worn for six weeks after surgery to reduce swelling and to ensure that your tissues heal in their desired new shape.
Liposuction is sometimes described as simple, but it is real surgery, and even in the most straightforward cases should be performed with sophisticated surgical technique for the safest and best results. It carries real risks, and as such should be considered carefully.
We recommend that the procedure is only ever performed in an accredited hospital. We also recommend that you carefully consider your choice of surgeon. Unfortunately doctors without surgical qualifications beyond their medical degree are allowed to perform surgery. Your surgeon should be appropriately qualified with at least a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS, which means that they have specialist surgical training. FRACS is the standard qualification required in Australia to perform surgery in private and public hospitals. Members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons have a FRACS and specialised training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, including liposuction and cosmetic surgery.
Our surgeons, Dr Amira Sanki and Dr Ilias Kotronakis are fully qualified Plastic Surgeons. They have both received Honours degrees in their Sydney medical schools. They both have FRACS qualifications as Specialist Surgeons in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and are members of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. They both have extensive experience and training in liposuction, including the most advanced and up to date techniques. They are committed to giving their patients the safest and best treatment available.
A consultation with a qualified Plastic Surgeon is the best place to get more advice. More information and a video presentation on liposuction are available online at the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons website.