For a liposuction consultation, visit our cosmetic surgery clinic in Port Melbourne and arrange an appointment. Read media articles by Dr David Topchian Vaser Liposculpture Art in Evolution and HI-Definition Liposculpture.
Why opt for Liposuction?
Ideally liposuction or liposculpture is for people who are happy with their overall size and shape – other than one or two areas that have disproportionately more fat. Mostly these are people in good health who exercise and eat a high quality diet but just cant seem to shift difficult areas. They have found that focal fat reduction (for example doing sit-ups to reduce abdominal fat) does not work. For those patients who are generally overweight, liposuction to the abdomen and inner thighs can help to get them exercising more and to really motivate them to improve their lifestyle once they have seen a rapid improvement in their shape.
However it is not a weight loss technique and is not recommended for large volume reductions. If you have a prominent abdomen you may have fat within the abdominal cavity (behind the muscle); this type of problem responds best to exercise and good eating, and cannot be improved with liposuction or cosmetic surgery. Fat in front of the muscle can be reduced with liposuction.
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What does the Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction procedure involve?
Vaser assisted liposuction is not a new technology, but some previous methods that used ultrasonic liposuction were quite low in efficiency so higher power had to be used, increasing the risk of injury to the skin. Vaser is a third generation ultrasonic machine that has a number of benefits over standard liposuction. Ultrasonic adds a new step to the standard technique. A thin ultrasonic probe is inserted under the skin and gently passed back and forth in the area to be treated. The difference is that it liquefies the fat cells so their subsequent removal with cannuale is less traumatic to the surrounding tissues (nerves, lymphatics, blood vessels, skin connective tissue).
What does the Hi-Definition Liposuction involve?
VASER Hi-Definition liposculpture moves vaser ultrasonic liposuction to the next level by precisely removing the superficial and deeper layers of fat underneath the skin with the ability to selectively target fat around the muscle to create the appearance of defined muscle structure.
Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure in Melbourne. The procedure has been steadily refined and improved over the past 30 years so that current techniques mean a shorter recovery time for most patients, a high degree of safety, and excellent results for suitable patients.
How long is the recovery time for Liposuction patients?
With ultrasonic vaser-assisted liposuction, most patients feel sore for 2 or 3 days, but can then usually return to work after about 4 or 5 days. Special support garments are usually worn for one week post-operatively. Incision sites fade more quickly because port protectors are used. Bruising is rare, and swelling is mild generally, but varies from patient to patient, and is some cases there can be occasional mild numbness. By the end of the first month most of the swelling gradually improves, so that most people feel back to normal at around the one month stage. The final result is usually seen at around the 3 month stage. Pain is usually manageable with simple analgesics.
Is the fat removal permanent?
Some people are concerned that the body can produce more fat after liposuction, or that the fat can move. This is not the case. The removal of fat is permanent. Once you have a new shape it will remain. But if you are in a positive energy balance (i.e. if you eat too much or exercise too little) then you will gain weight again and be a larger version of your new shape. The opposite is also true.
Which areas can Liposuction be performed on?
Liposuction procedures can be used on most areas, but some respond better than others:
- arms, thighs, knees, calves, hips, back – commonly operated on with good outcome.
- abdomen – responds well in the right patient; can be a good alternative to a tummy tuck.
- chin – responds very well in most people and heals quickly.
- supra pubic/mons – an area that responds well. Can cause genital bruising for a few weeks but resolves.
- breasts – liposculpture can be used as an alternative to surgical breast reduction in women wanting to reduce by one cup size.
- buttocks – can be slightly improved but will not tolerate large volume removal.
Are there visible scars?
For most people scarring after liposuction is nearly invisible and cannot be seen after a few months of healing. For people with dark skin the incision sites may darken for a few months, but usually do return to a more normal shade.
Will my skin shrink back once the volume is reduced?
One of the challenges of this operation from a surgeons perspective is knowing when the right amount of fat has been removed from an area. If too much is removed then the skin might be too loose and not contract enough. Younger patients with more elastic skin are more likely to have skin that contracts well. Patients who are older, have sun damage, loose skin or prior large weight loss begin with or have lost significant weight are more likely to have loose skin after liposculpture.
How much does Liposuction Cost?
The cost of liposuction will vary according to your specific procedure; the area of the body being operated on and the volume of fat being removed will factor into the price set for the surgical procedure.
What if I have more questions?
Not all patients are suitable for liposuction, and a consultation is required to assess your suitability, medical history and general health & fitness, and to allow you to discuss the procedure including risks and complications. Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second medical opinion.