The popularity of liposuction (lipoplasty) is unmistakable as it removes unwanted fat from specific areas of the body which are prone to storing pockets of fat. 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.
While liposuction should never be treated as an alternative to a healthy weight-loss plan or exercise regime, it can deliver some dramatic results. Liposuction is best used to contour problem areas creating a more sculpted body. It is not a weight loss procedure.
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 as it is suctioned from the body. Small incisions are made in the body’s natural creases, where they can stay hidden. Dissolvable sutures are primarily used, and scarring is minimal.
Recovery after surgery
The exact recovery time will depend on the surgery you have which liposuction technique is used. A compression garment is often worn for 6 weeks following surgery and most people are back to normal activity in a week. Some other factors that can affect your recovery time include age, your health and your body’s natural healing ability.
Are the results permanent?
Liposuction removes excessive fat cells but it does not stop remaining cells from increasing in size and ability to store fat. To maintain the results from liposuction you should maintain a sensible diet and regular exercise. You should especially do this during your healing and shortly after your healing period.
Liposuction Before and Afters
Am I suitable candidate for liposuction
Anyone of a suitable body weight can undergo liposuction. But it is important to understand this surgery is usually most successful for people whose body is near its ideal weight and level of fitness. This is best determined by a doctor who will assess your health, and determine if you are suitable for liposuction.
People between 20 and 30 with good skin tone and moderate amount fat tend to be the most successful candidates. This is because their skin is most likely to retract and so it won’t produce a surplus of sagging skin. Patients who are older should take into consideration the sagging skin post-fat removal. Bear in mind that you may need extra treatment after liposuction.
Is liposuction safe?
No surgery is risk-free. You should always ensure you receive surgery from a plastic and reconstructive surgeon. When you have a consultation at Gold Coast Plastic Surgery Dr Doyle will explain to 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.
When you have your surgery carried out by a plastic and reconstructive surgeon in an accredited hospital, the risks are minimised.
To learn more about liposuction, please contact our practice today.