If you’re considering liposuction in Sydney, you’ve probably already tried dieting and exercise, and yet you’re still bothered by some aspect of your shape.
Although liposuction should not be regarded as a method for weight loss, in appropriate patients, it can produce significant cosmetic improvements. Patients should not expect to lose a dramatic amount of weight with liposuction.
However, because fat is removed from cosmetically important areas, results of liposuction surgery produce significant improvements in aesthetic appearance.
The process involves the insertion of a slender, hollow metal tube of the cannula, through a small incision, and by repeated movement, fat globules are separated and removed by vacuum suction through this tube. Incisions are small and are concealed in a skin fold near the site to be reduced, thus scars are virtually undetectable. Usually, only one small incision is needed for each specific area. The area treated is injected with various solutions prior to insertion of the cannula in order to reduce bleeding, and to assist breakdown and loosening of the fat globules.
Patients ask for liposuction to achieve tighter and slimmer contours of the body. Liposuction can also get rid of fats in areas that are not responding to exercise. It is not a substitute on proper diet and exercise but it can certainly trim your body to a more appealing shape and size.
Suitability for this type of treatment, as with any other treatment, will be assessed by the surgeon at a consultation but is based on several factors, such as the quality and elasticity of the skin, the amount of fat requiring removal and the general condition of the patient and past medical history. The specifics are best discussed with the surgeon for a complete understanding of the potentials in any individual case.
The operation may be carried out under general, twilight or local anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the case. Operation time will depend on the number and extent of areas treated. The length of stay in the hospital will also vary for the same reasons, from a day case to one night.
This procedure involves creating a small incision created over the area that needs to be treated. This is where the long and narrow suction cannula attached to a suction machine will be inserted. A patient will be placed either on general aesthetics or twilight anesthesia.
Once the surgeon inserts the cannula, he will carefully move it back and forth to help dislodge the fats for easier suctioning. As the fats are removed, the patient will also be getting fluid replacements from an IV fluid line. This is to maintain fluid balance inside the body, otherwise, it could result in complications.
Once the fats are removed, the fluid that accumulates in the treated area would also have to be removed. Drains will be used for this purpose to promote faster healing and to prevent complications.
Pressure bandages or a corset will normally be applied immediately after surgery to control swelling and prevent any accumulation of blood or serum under the skin. We want to encourage the skin to attach snugly to the muscle wall.
Bruising, swelling and discomfort after the operation is a normal but temporary condition, the degree depending upon the extent and location of the area treated. Post-operative care instructions given by the surgeon must be followed carefully and will include massage to the area and wearing of pressure bandages/corset will be removed at approximately five to seven days postoperatively, at stitch removal.
Liposuction may be carried out in a number of areas at the same time or be combined with another procedure. For example, it may be done with a facelift where excess fat is present under the chin.
There are, as always, with any type of surgery, the usual risks attached to the procedure, but they are fortunately limited and problems are rare. There is the risk of infection, that can be easily treated and for which we prepare for with antibiotics. There generally will be some numbness in the area treated, most or all of which should disappear in six to eight weeks.
Some waviness in the skin’s surface can occur but most people judge this better situation than the existing fatty bulge and feel compensated by the resulting improvement in outline and silhouette and ability to wear slim looser fitting clothes. The incision sites may also heal unfavourably.
All of these are possible complications, but in reality are unlikely to arise if the patient has good skin elasticity and the amount of fatty tissue removed remains within safe limits.
Fat removal by liposuction is one of the most exciting and effective treatments of modern cosmetic surgery. It is an excellent technique that produces very favourable results – it can also be judiciously employed with other procedures to enhance their effects. Again we must have realistic expectations and remember that your final result will benefit from good eating habits and exercise.
Patients usually return to work after seven days, possibly before, although as mentioned, pressure bandages/corset should be worn under clothing for up to six weeks.
Liposuction surgery for a single area costs from $3,000 and then $1,000 for each area to follow. The price, however, will vary depending on technique and area being treated.