While diet and exercise are often the best weight-loss solutions, many men and women suffer from stubborn fat deposits or uneven fat distribution across their bodies. Areas of persistent fat storage may be causing you to appear flabby and have less defined body contours. Liposuction is a fat reduction procedure that can be used to help sculpt or shape some parts of your body and help with body contouring.
Common Patient Problems
Stubborn fat deposits that contribute to a flabby appearance.
Excess fat is common in both men and women and can develop at any age. Many patients state they have unwanted fat accumulations on their abdomen, thighs, and/or back. Stubborn fat pockets can be difficult to reduce through diet and exercise. Large fat deposits can prevent clothing from fitting properly and may even have an impact on your body confidence.
Fat accumulations that developed during pregnancy and are resistant to diet and exercise.
Your body’s composition can change significantly during pregnancy and after the birth of a child. After having children, it can be difficult to lose fat or tone your appearance, especially if your abdominal muscles have been damaged. Many women find they struggle with their post-pregnancy bodies following having children. Post-pregnancy weight retention may also occur after pregnancy, and getting back in shape again is often even more difficult after multiple pregnancies or multiparous births.
Persistent fat that prevents lean and defined body contours.
Fat accumulations around the waistline, abdomen and hips are very common in men and women. An undefined or flabby abdomen may cause you to appear less fit than you actually are. If your workout routine and nutritional intake are NOT yielding the contours you desire, it's easy to feel frustrated or defeated. If this is your scenario, then Liposuction surgery options may be worth researching, because the technique is used to help reduce fat from the abdomen to either enhance contours or help create a leaner, firmer or smoother abdomen appearance. Important: surgery is NOT a substitute for regular exercise and good nutrition; you need to sustain your weight and healthy lifestyle to maintain your results.
Areas of Correction
Fat accumulations around the abdomen are very common in men and women. An undefined abdomen may cause you to appear flabby and untoned. If your workout routine isn’t yielding the defined results you desire, you may begin to feel frustrated and defeated. Liposuction removes fat from the abdomen to enhance your abdominal contours and create a leaner appearance.
The presence of unwanted fat on the hips and thighs contributes to the appearance of a “muffin top.” Unsightly fat may be preventing your clothing from fitting comfortably. For women, it is common for stubborn fat to prevent them from having subtle, natural, and feminine curves. Restoring definition along the hips creates the more desired hourglass figure. Liposuction may also be used on the thighs to sculpt a more defined thigh gap or slim the appearance of your outer thighs.
Flabby or misshapen areas of your body can prevent you from feeling fully comfortable in firmly-fitted swimsuits, shirts, shorts or dresses. Fat can accumulate near the elbow, along the upper arm, or around the armpits. Removing fat from the arms helps create a slimmer, more toned appearance. In many cases, it can help improve the appearance of unsightly, low-hanging arm flaps, however, for individuals with redundant skin, an excisional procedure may also be required in addition to liposuction arm reduction techniques.
Fat accumulation on your back may detract from firmer looking body contours. This fat distribution can be particularly troublesome when fat deposits on the back lead to 'bra area rolls or skin folds' that result in chafing, irritation or chronic skin infections. Liposuction can help remove fat from your back to improve your overall silhouette and provide a more sculpted aesthetic, but where there is redundant skin, then excision procedures may also be required.
Fat deposits on the neck and under the chin can lead to the appearance of a double chin. It may also obscure definition along your jawline. Fat in your neck can also lead you to appear heavier than you are and can prematurely age your appearance. Liposuction may help restore a more defined contour to the neck area to improve the neckline aesthetic.
Addressing Your Concerns
Everyone responds to surgery uniquely and hence, recovery after liposuction can be very variable in nature. Patients tend to experience bruising, swelling, and redness following the procedure and should limit mobility for the first week after surgery OR as advised. You will be required to wear a compression garment for up to six weeks to help minimize swelling and improve your healing processes. Many patients tend to be able to return to work within approximately two weeks. You can typically resume normal activities within about four weeks, and most major swelling tends to subside after approximately six weeks for the majority of patients.
Liposuction treatments often utilize comparatively small incisions, which your Surgeon aims to place in more easily concealed locations when feasible, but this varies because incisions are also needing to be placed where they can be used to treat the target areas, which can limit discretion about incisions and scars. Many patients experience minimal scarring with liposuction and over time, the scars tend to fade for the majority of patients, but not all. Some patients car more visibly than others and every surgery is different.
The cost of your liposuction will depend on the number and extent of treatment areas. Other costs include surgical, anesthesia, and hospital fees. Dr McManamny will provide detailed costs following your consultation. Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, most insurance rebates don’t apply.
Liposuction is typically performed under general anaesthesia along with local anaethesia for some operations, and local anaesthesia only is sometimes used for smaller areas for some patients. The procedure is often performed under general anaesthetic, and there may be discomfort during local anaesthetic injections and/or during and after your procedure, and discomfort, sensitivity, tenderness and pain this can vary from patient to patient. Discomfort following your procedure may last from a few days to a few weeks or longer, depending on the patient. Oral pain medication is typically used to help manage any pain or discomfort following liposuction but responses can vary. Discuss this with your surgeon.
Before & Afters
Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction
How is fat removed using liposuction?
A cannula or cannulae (thin, hollow tube) is inserted through the incisions, and the fat is suctioned out through the cannula. A tumescent fluid is injected to help loosen fat and make fat reduction more effective, reduces blood loss and provides more control for liposculpture.
Who is not a candidate for liposuction?
Liposuction isn’t a weight-loss procedure. You should be close to your goal weight and as fit and healthy as possible BEFORE undergoing liposuction. Also, patients with poor skin elasticity may need to combine other body contouring procedures with their liposuction for best results, such as skin reduction or excision based body contouring.
What body contouring procedures are available to combine with liposuction?
Tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, and neck lift surgeries are all body contouring procedures typically combined with liposuction. Patients often choose to combine procedures when they suffer from skin laxity as well as excess fat deposits.
How long will my results last?
Duration of your surgery results will vary from patient to patient. Skin ageing, future pregnancies and weight changes are only SOME of the factors that can detrimentally impact the longevity of your results or your satisfaction with results. Sustaining liposuction shaping results is also influenced by genetics, exercise routines, nutrition, illness, medication side effects, your lifestyle, ageing and other factors. Patients who live a healthy lifestyle that includes good nutrition and portion sizes and regular exercise tend to notice longer-lasting results than patients with less healthy lifestyles or fluctuating weight or BMI measurements.
Are there any RISKS to having surgery?
Yes, any invasive procedure such as surgery DOES carry RISKS. Some patients will have higher risks than others. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner (a FRACS qualified Plastic Surgeon recognised by AHPRA). Please be sure you review ALL materials provided to you about your surgery risks and ask questions or voice any concerns BEFORE proceeding, and never have surgery to please someone else. It is also imperative you DO NOT SMOKE and that you follow your Surgeon's pre-op and post-op instructions including wearing any recommended post-op garments as advised. Please also be aware that surgery experiences, recovery time frames, results, incision line placement and scars can vary significantly from patient to patient. For a general overview, review the plastic surgery risks page.