Liposuction Gold Coast & Brisbane

Tickle Lipo by Dr Mark Doyle

The popularity of liposuction (lipoplasty) is unmistakable. It removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body that are prone to storing pockets of fat. It’s these pockets of fat that usually prevent people from reaching their health and fitness goals.

At Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, we commonly use liposuction to improve the contours of the body, including areas such as the neck, upper arms, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, knees and calves. Multiple areas can also be treated at the same time if need be.

Dr Doyle offers premium liposuction to his patients and often combines it with other plastic surgery procedures.

While liposuction should never be treated as an alternative to a healthy weight-loss plan or exercise regime, it can deliver some dramatic results. Lipoplasty is best used to contour problem areas, creating a more sculpted body. It is not a weight-loss procedure.

“I am very excited that Gold Coast Plastic Surgery is now the first practice in Australia to offer TICKLE LIPO, a Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture.” – Dr Mark Doyle

Most people have an area of their body they would like to ‘zap’ away but are put off by the thought of recovery time and process, going under general anaesthetic and the cost. TICKLE LIPO changes all that!


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The vibration of the instrument used in the surgery often causes patients to giggle, hence the name TICKLE LIPO. When performed in our rooms, the recovery time is greatly reduced and you can walk in and walk out of our practice on the same day.

Many leading plastic surgeons internationally are endorsing TICKLE LIPO as both revolutionary and the most innovative recent advancement in plastic surgery techniques as it allows them to deliver excellent clinical results safely and comfortably to their patients. Using this technique myself over the past few months, I agree that this is by far the safest, effective and least painful form of liposuction.  This is why I decided that my patients needed to have it readily available to them.

How does Tickle Lipo work?

The vibration and the movement of the cannula with TICKLE LIPO acts as a pain blocker while it enables me to glide through fatty tissue. The cannula is able to manoeuvre through fibrous or tougher areas for better body sculpting which also means less surgery time and less bruising and recovery time.

The Tickle Lipo Procedure

TICKLE LIPO is a minimally invasive procedure that takes 15 minutes – 1.5 hours depending on the size of the area. Through tiny incisions, numbing tumescent fluid is infused using a vibrating cannula. Once numb, I will use a vibrating suction cannula specially designed for fat removal of the area.

What are the Benefits of in-clinic TICKLE LIPO?

  • No general anaesthesia
  • Little or no discomfort
  • Permanent removal of fat cells
  • Quick recovery period
  • Look great immediately
  • Superior Body-sculpting
  • Affordable
  • Areas To Treat

TICKLE LIPO can address unwanted fat surrounding the stomach, flanks, thighs (internal/external), knees, calves, ankles, back, love handles, buttock, arms, chin, neck.

Liposuction can also be used for fat transfer to areas wanting volume

TICKLE LIPO is the talk of the Plastic Surgery industry with many medical studies published, proving the multiple advantages of the Nutational Infrasonic Liposculpture. Now we can offer it to you at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, in a fat transfer breast augmentation procedure.

Liposuction can be of great benefit for most people who have fatty deposits in areas of their bodies that have not responded well to dieting and exercise. – Dr Mark Doyle

Things to consider before liposuction?

To be a good candidate for liposuction, you must have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you.

Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your goals for your treatment and discuss them with your surgeon during your consultation. In that way, Dr Doyle can give you honest feedback about what liposuction can and cannot do for you.

Liposuction is an option to remove bulges that won’t budge and to improve your body’s shape. The areas most commonly treated include the hips, abdomen, thighs and buttocks, and face. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, only fat.

Who is a good candidate for Liposuction?

A good candidate for liposuction should have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure as well as these basic qualities:

  • Average or only slightly above-average weight
  • Firm, elastic skin
  • In good overall health
  • Concentrated pockets of fat that do not respond well to diet and exercise

Older patients may have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as younger patients with tighter skin.

Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems such as diabetes, significant heart or lung disease, poor blood circulation, or in those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured.  It is important to remember that liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. Ideal patients are committed to healthier habits and do not consider liposuction to be a substitute for exercising.

Liposuction suitability on the Gold Coast

The best way to know if you are a good candidate for liposuction is to schedule a consultation at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery by calling 07 5598 0988 or via an enquiry form.

The liposuction procedure

Liposuction is performed as a day surgery procedure under general anaesthetic. In traditional liposuction, a small tube (cannula) is used to mechanically break down fat before it is suctioned from the body. Small incisions are made in the body’s natural creases, where any scarring can stay hidden. Dissolvable sutures are primarily used, and scarring is minimal. The procedure can last anywhere from one to several hours, depending on what needs to be achieved. Whether liposuction is paired with any additional procedures will also make a difference to surgery duration.

Recovery after surgery

The exact recovery time will depend on whether liposuction was performed as a standalone procedure. If you will only be undergoing liposuction, you will need to spend at least a week at home to recover. A compression garment is often worn for 6 weeks following surgery as this alleviates swelling, which can speed up recovery. Some other factors that can affect your recovery time include age, your health and your body’s natural healing ability. It’s essential to follow all of Dr Doyle’s aftercare instructions to ensure the best outcome.

Are the results permanent?

Liposuction removes excess fat cells but it does not stop remaining cells from increasing in size due to fat storage. To maintain liposuction results, you should continue eating a sensible diet and exercise regularly. This is especially important during your healing and shortly after your healing period.

Am I suitable candidate?

Anyone of suitable body weight can undergo liposuction. However, it is important to understand this surgery is the most successful when patients are close to their ideal weight and lead a healthy lifestyle.

People between the ages of 20 and 30 with good skin tone and moderate amounts of fat tend to be the most successful candidates. This is because their skin is most likely to retract and won’t produce a surplus of sagging skin. Patients who are older should take sagging skin into consideration before pursuing surgery because they may need an additional procedure.

Dr Doyle will help you determine whether you’re a viable candidate during your consultation. A physical examination is required and your medical history, goals and expectations needs to be considered too.

Is liposuction safe?

No surgery is risk-free. You should always ensure you seek the assistance of a qualified and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon. When you have your initial consultation at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery, Dr Doyle will explain all the potential risks and complications associated with liposuction. This is not to deter you from treatment, but to make sure you understand everything that will—and can—happen during and after the procedure.

Some of the potential complications include infection, fluid loss and accumulation, asymmetry and loss of sensation in the treated area.

When you have your surgery carried out by a specialist plastic surgeon in an accredited hospital, the risks are minimised.

How much is liposuction in Australia?

Liposuction is priced per area and depends on the time taken in the theatre. On average, you can expect $2000- $6000 per area requiring liposuction.

The cost of a liposuction procedure is dependent on how many areas will be treated and the size of each area. Whether or not liposuction will be paired with additional surgery can also alter the final cost. Anaesthetist, surgeon and hospital fees will be included in the final cost of the procedure. Since lipoplasty is deemed a cosmetic procedure, it does not attract any Medicare rebates. Dr Doyle can provide you with a more accurate cost following your consultation.

You can access our list of pricing resources to find about more about the cost of liposuction:

How much does liposuction cost Brisbane?

Liposuction is priced per area and depends on the time taken in the theatre. It also depends heavily on the surgeon’s skills and qualifications. A cosmetic surgeon will likely charge less for liposuction compared to a plastic surgeon in Brisbane.

Liposuction Brisbane cost is on average, $2000- $6000 per area requiring liposuction.

How should I prepare for a lipoplasty?

Dr Doyle will give you specific instructions on how to prepare during your consultation. It’s highly recommended that you stop smoking at least two weeks prior to your surgery as this can slow your healing. Certain medications and herbal supplements will also need to be avoided to prevent excess bleeding and bruising during and after your procedure. It’s also easiest if you arrange for someone to pick you up from hospital prior to your surgery. Having someone to assist you for a few days at home after surgery is very helpful, especially if you have children.

How much scarring can I expect after the procedure?

The incisions required to insert the cannulas under the skin are very small, which means scarring will be minimal. What’s more, if the correct scar management instructions are followed, there is no need for scarring to be a concern after liposuction. Keeping the wounds clean and the incision sites out of direct sunlight are just two ways that you can minimise scarring.

Are there any alternatives to liposuction?

Massage, eating a healthy diet and regular exercise can all reduce the appearance of stubborn pockets of fat. Unfortunately, the reason why so many people end up undergoing liposuction is because the above methods are no longer effective. Lipoplasty will always create the most dramatic results. You can, however, maintain the results of your procedure using the above-mentioned tactics.

Will I need revisional surgery?

It’s very rare that liposuction needs to be repeated. Any extra skin that remains after surgery will contract, provided the skin is still elastic. However, if any minor irregularities occur or excess skin needs to be removed, a second procedure may be required.

To learn more about liposuction, please contact our practice today.

About Dr Mark Doyle FRACS (Plast) – Queensland Plastic Surgeon

Servicing patients in Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Cairns and New South Wales NSW – Northern Rivers, Byron Bay, Ballina, Lismore and more.

Dr Mark Doyle is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with over thirty years of experience performing BreastBodyFace and Nose surgery. As a highly esteemed plastic surgeon, Dr Mark is driven by an intense passion for helping patients achieve a happier, more beautiful self through advanced cosmetic surgery procedures.

He maintains a strong commitment to achieving the best possible results for all his breast, body, face and nose patients, both men and women.


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