Liposuction or liposculpture, is a minimally invasive technique which reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fatty deposits.
Liposuction can be used to treat most areas of the body, as an isolated procedure or combined with other body contouring procedures. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people with firm, elastic skin with abnormal distribution of fat in specific areas eg hips, thighs, neck. Liposuction is a major surgical procedure often taking many hours to perform. It is not a weight loss technique nor does it reduce stretchmarks but rather a tool to target areas that are resistant to exercise.
Liposuction in Sydney is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.
First, a local anaesthetic, saline and adrenaline solution is infused to reduce bleeding and aid in post-operative pain. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen the targeted fat, which is then dislodged and suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum.
Liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic as a day stay procedure, followed by 1 week recovery time off work.
What are the potential risks and complications?
Although modern surgeries are generally safe, there are potential risks and complications that may occur. I will discuss all of the complications and risks with you in detail. Some of the possible risks and complications that are associated with liposuction may include:
- Temporary and ongoing pain
- Shock resulting from excessive fluid loss
- A delay in healing, especially if you are diabetic or a smoker
- Skin surface may be irregular, have ripples or uneven contours
- Heat injury or thermal burn on the skin or deep tissues resulting from the ultrasound device used during surgery to liquefy fat cells. This risk is associated with liposuction procedures that are ultrasound assisted which I rarely use.
- A tumescent and super-wet liposuction may cause complications as a result of the anaesthetic fluid injections. These complications may include lignocaine toxicity which occurs if the solution has a high content of lignocaine or lungs may collect fluid, if there is an excess of fluid given. I rarely perform liposuction of more than 5kgs, so these risks are greatly reduced.
- Infection may develop in the fatty tissues, which can be serious and will require hospital admission, IV antibiotics and surgery.
- Skin surface may be “baggy” or asymmetric
- Scarring that is unacceptable
- Numbness or a change in skin sensation
- Skin discoloration, swelling or other changes in skin pigmentation
- Allergic reaction to drugs
- Legs may have persistent swelling
- Fat clots or blot clots may form, which may travel to the lungs that can be life threatening
- Friction burns or other possible damages to the nerves or skin
- Deep structures such as the blood vessels, nerves, lungs, muscles and abdominal organs may be damaged
- Additional surgery may be required to revise complications
- Cardiac complications, pulmonary complications and deep vein thrombosis may occur in some cases
The cost of liposuction is highly variable dependent on:
- Whether the liposuction is performed as an independent procedure or as an adjunct to another procedure such as a tummy tuck or facelift
- How much liposuction is performed
- Anaesthetist’s fee
- Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
- Need for post-operative garments
- Length of Hospital stay
- Whether you need other body contouring procedures such as Labiaplasty, arm lift, thigh lift and tummy tuck.
After our consultation my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.
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