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Also known as liposculpture, liposuction targets these stubborn deposits of accumulated fat cells by utilising a thin cannula and a specialised suction device. It is an effective procedure in removing and reducing fat bulges that are resistant to diet and exercise.

To determine if you are a suitable candidate for liposuction at our plastic surgery clinic serving Newcastle, Norwest, and Sydney’s North Shore area, get in contact with The Plastic Surgery Clinic & Medispa today.

Is liposuction right for you?

Liposuction can be performed to improve the shape of your body in any of these regions:

  • Waistline and abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks and hips
  • Neck and chin
  • Chest and back
  • Breasts
  • Arms

The only way to find out for sure if you are a good candidate for liposuction is to come in for a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr Chaithan Reddy, at our North Shore, Norwest, Westmead or central Coast practices. Your candidacy for the treatment will depend largely on how much excess skin you have and the quality of your skin tone.

What’s involved in the liposuction procedure?

Small volume procedures can be performed in our own fully equipped procedure room at one of our practices using only local anaesthesia, but for the most part liposuction procedures are done under general anaesthesia at the hospital. Before anaesthesia is administered, Dr Reddy marks out the regions that are planned to be treated, and will confirm the treatment areas with you again. Liposculpture (Liposuction) can be used as a body contouring procedure, or also to treat excessive fat deposits in the area of the face. The body regions that can be treated effectively include the chest, back, abdomen and hips, thighs, upper arms and neck.

A suction cannula is inserted underneath the skin through a tiny incision, (2-5mm) and then used to suction the fat out of the target areas. The cannula is moved back and forth through the fatty deposits to break the fat up, and it is then removed through the suction tubing. When the procedure is completed, a compression garment that has been measured to fit the affected region of your body will be applied to exert gentle compression to the areas that were treated.

Liposuction is commonly used in other procedures, including tummy tuck surgery (abdominoplasty), breast reduction, and neck lift surgery. It can also be combined with other plastic surgery procedures, including body lift surgery, skin removal surgery after weight loss, breast surgery and facial rejuvenation surgery.

What is the length of time most liposuction patients stay in the hospital?

The vast majority of patients (except for patients who have undergone ‘megaliposuction’) are actually able to return home on the day of surgery. Our plastic surgeon will check in on you after the procedure is complete to ensure your comfort and preparation for the period of recovery. A plan for your post-operative self-care will also be provided to you along with contact details that will be accessible to you 24 hours a day to ensure that you have peace of mind and can recover comfortably and safely at home

What does my aftercare involve?

Dr. Reddy will see you throughout your recovery period. Following discharge from the hospital, you will be reviewed again in our clinic approximately 5-10 days later. All dressings and sutures will be removed at this visit. It is recommended that you continue to wear your compression garment for a total of 6 weeks as this will optimise your liposuction results. You will continue to be reviewed until both Dr. Reddy and you are completely satisfied with your results and progress.

What is involved in the recovery process?

During your period of recovery, Dr. Reddy will meet with you regularly to monitor your healing and the emerging results of the procedure. At your first meeting, which occurs about 5-10 days after the surgery, Dr. Reddy will remove your sutures and dressings. We recommend continuing to wear your compression garment throughout the first 6 weeks post-surgery. The downtime involved in the liposuction procedure tends reflect the amount of liposuction that has been undertaken. You will generally be able to continue with your self care and simple day to day activities shortly following your operation. You can return to work as soon as you feel you are ready.

Every patient is unique and results may vary. Surgery and all health regulated services carry risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained.