Liposuction or Lipoplasty

Liposuction, lipoplasty or liposculpture is commonly known as “suction-assisted fat removal” and has been developed to help remove fat from various parts of the body to improve body shape and size. It is more beneficial as a body sculpting procedure than as a weight loss tool. The aim of liposculpture is not necessarily to remove all the fatty tissue but rather enough to make an area significantly slimmer in shape and appearance.

Liposculpture can be used to help give patients a “kick-start” to a further exercise programme and weight loss. Many people who have liposuction surgery and have a significant amount of fat removed from the abdomen, go on to lose further amounts of weight. Treatment of the abdomen and some areas of the thighs make exercise easier which may also help with weight loss. It is important to stress that liposculpture complements the beneficial effect of exercise and eating a sensible diet and both of these things are necessary if further weight loss is possible. If diet and exercise are not implemented, then weight gain will occur.

Liposculpture is an elective cosmetic procedure and candidates should be in good health and have no major medical problems. A person considering liposuction would ideally be at a relatively normal weight but may have extra fatty tissue in localised areas such as the neck, arms, breasts, abdomen, flanks, thighs and knees.

Importantly, liposculpture cannot eliminate cellulite or treat loose hanging skin. Skin does retract but does not completely tighten skin in all areas, or in all patients. It is best suited for people who are in good physical shape with firm, non-flaccid skin. This is more so in people under 50 years of age, although many people much older will have excellent results with minimal or no looseness of skin. If the skin is not elastic enough then additional skin tightening procedures may be required for the best looking results to be achieved. Such procedures as a “tummy tuck” or a “thigh lift” may be required to tighten the skin over the liposuctioned area.

Liposculpture is commonly performed under local anaesthesia but may be performed under full general anaesthesia.

Guest Contributor: Meaghan Heckenburg, Liposculptor at Be Sculpted

In the middle of the 1980’s significant improvements were made in local anaesthesia by the work of Dr Jeffrey Klein, a dermatologist in California. Very low concentrations of local anaesthesia can be used to numb large areas of fatty tissue without the need for general anaesthesia. The fatty tissue is put under slight pressure by large volumes of saline mixed with the local anaesthetic drug called lignocaine. The fluid forces the local anaesthesia throughout the areas to be treated and allows it to be distributed evenly. Small amounts of adrenaline are added to the solution to allow constrictions of fat blood vessels. Blood loss is virtually negligible and this reduces bruising considerably. This is called “tumescent technique”. Small access points are used to introduce the small tubes necessary for the procedure, both to put the fluid in and to remove the fatty tissue. The incision points heal on their own and do not require suturing. Sometimes they may leave a little scar, become lighter or darker in colour but most of the time they become undetectable with time. This procedure can be performed as a day-only procedure as an out-patient. With the tumescent technique, it is very safe and the incidence of side effects are low. If general anaesthesia is chosen, then the procedure will need to be performed in a hospital and may require a stay of a few days. Complications are considerably reduced with the use of the tumescent technique compared to general anaesthesia, particularly things like blood loss, infection, deep venous thrombosis (clots in the legs), pulmonary embolism (clots in the lungs), skin breakdown, injury to other body organs. All of these things are very rare when the procedure is performed under local anaesthesia.

After surgery, there is usually some discomfort (soreness and stiffness) for a few days and will usually settle with paracetamol alone. Leaking of the anaesthetic fluid lasts about 24-36 hours. Numbness can take a few weeks to a few months to resolve. Bruising (if it occurs) may last for 2-3 weeks. Texture irregularities or lumpy areas may sometimes occur and may take a few months to settle. Because of potentially slow resolution of postoperative swelling, the final results may take 3-6 months to achieve. It is necessary to wear compression garments for 2-4 weeks after the procedure, particularly the first 2 weeks when swelling is maximal. One may return to work after a couple of days, depending on the level of physicality required.

Risks and Complications

Any surgery involves the risk of infection, bleeding, scarring or serious injury, however tumescent liposuction has an amazingly good safety record.

There is a maximum dose of the local anaesthetic drug (lignocaine) that may be used during the procedure. This is calculated using a person’s body weight. Therefore multiple areas may not be able to be treated at the same time. It is also advisable to keep the volume of fat removed under 5 litres per procedure, otherwise recovery is prolonged and there may be alteration of important body fluid electrolytes. However the greatest risks of liposuction are those associated with general anaesthesia.

Q. Can I have liposuction if I am extremely overweight?

A. Liposuction is not an appropriate treatment for obesity. It is also not a substitute for a prudent diet, good nutrition and regular exercise. Obese patients may be good candidates for limited liposuction if their goal is simply to improve the shape of certain areas of the body. Obesity is associated with an increased risk of surgical complications.

Q. Is liposuction permanent?

A. The fat cells that are removed by liposculpture do not grow back. If the patient later gains or loses weight the change tends to be distributed proportionately over the entire body. For the best results, the patient’s postoperative weight should be lower than the preoperative weight but the exact value of that is impossible to predict. Although one can expect some changes with age, provided the patient does not gain large amounts of weight, the patient’s new silhouette is relatively permanent.

Q. Can liposuction treat Cellulite?

A. Cellulite results from the pulling of fibrous tissue that connects the skin to underlying muscle. This is genetically determined and more common in female fatty tissue compared to male fatty tissue. While tumescent liposculpture may reduce the degree of cellulite, it is unlikely to eliminate it. Reducing the size of a fatty area with overlying cellulite will however improve one’s overall appearance.

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Karen's Real Story Are multiple procedures for you? Check out Karen’s real story April 27, 2016 - I want to introduce another woman who has overcome many obstacles in life, and come out the other end intact, happy, and inspiring! I met Karen online one of our closed social media groups when I was having my own abdominoplasty surgery recently. She was a couple of weeks post-op; I was reaching out and sharing my surgery and experiences and so was she – we connected immediately. You know what it’s like – when you meet someone and they just ‘fit’, they feel like they’re part of your tribe. You’ve shared a similar journey. So let me share Karen’s story. At 125kg and at 36yrs old, Karen tried to lose weight with diet, exercise and obsessive compulsive bingeing (mmmmm I feel like I’m looking in a mirror here!). In 2010 she had a lapband, however because it was making her life a misery by not being able to eat, she had it removed in November 2013. She then had a gastric sleeve in March 2014. Over 6 years Karen lost about 35kgs (22kgs lost after the sleeve) and maintained a weight of about 89kgs for around 18 months. Although she still had a way to go, Karen decided she […]
Vaser Liposuction We’ve heard of Liposuction, so what is VASER Lipo? Dr David Chin clarifies… April 22, 2016 - Vaser Liposuction is being heralded as a less traumatic and less invasive form of liposuction extremely effective and useful in areas that would not be as successfully contoured by the traditional methods of liposuction. Dr David Chin, based in Auchenflower and Caboolture in QLD, is the first Queensland plastic surgeon to have a VASER liposuction machine in his practice and has over five years experience with the procedure. We were able to chat to him and ask about this new development in liposuction that is getting awesome results. Firstly though, let’s briefly look at what is involved in traditional liposuction. Deeper layers of fatty tissue are injected by an anaesthetic called Lignocaine and saline; a cannula (thin, hollow tube-like apparatus) is then inserted through a small incision and worked back and forward in order to break down the fat; which is then suctioned out to create a more contoured shape in the desired area. So, how does this differ to VASER liposuction and why is VASER considered a superior option? Dr Chin says, “The VASER liposuction uses ultrasound wave energy to “shake off” fat cells during liposuction. This results in less force used and a much less painful recovery period […]
Thigh Lifting and Liposuction Mind the Gap – We talk to Dr Geoff Barnett about the Ins and Outs of Thigh Lifting and Liposuction January 22, 2016 - Thighs – those thicker parts of our legs up the top just under our bums that seem to be one of the most stubborn parts of our bodies to remove fat from. The ones that for most of us rub together when we walk and can cause chafing, especially when wet; are more prone to cellulite; an area of our body that we wish we could magically reduce in size. Whilst different women are genetically inclined to store more fat in different areas of our bodies, the buttocks and thighs are a universally common area where it is extra tricky to budge. Summer and the hotter months of the year are especially good at bringing our thighs to our attention. Shorts, bikinis/swimmers, higher skirts and playsuits all require us to show off our legs. One of the surgeries growing in popularity in recent years is the thigh lift, also referred to as a thighplasty or thigh liposuction. Dr Geoff Barnett Plastic Surgeon from the Cosmetic Surgery for Women (CWFW) in Hawthorn and Berwick says, “People are more aware of what plastic surgery procedures are available because of social media and internet activity. Also, obesity is more of a problem now than […]
Are you body ready for summer? Are You Body Ready for Summer? October 8, 2015 - Living in Oz, it’s that time of year again; where the warmer weather is descending upon us in what seems so suddenly. Much of the country has experienced a bit of a heat wave in the last few days and it is only expected to continue through the summer months. It is definitely that time of the year when we start thinking about swimming and heading to the beach (or the pool) to keep cool, and of course with this comes the exposure of skin in swimmers and bikinis (or nothing for the brave)! The last thing we want is to feel uncomfortable in our bodies or be covering up at this time of the year. If you’re like me you’re always dreaming of changing the parts of your body that you’ve always been unhappy with. Well, I say there is no time like the present! We spoke to Dr Charles Cope from Infinity Skin Clinic located in three different practices around Sydney and the Central Coast about what procedures he is seeing clients for in the lead up to the summer months. There are a few procedures that have really cemented their place as popular cosmetic surgeries. Buttock Lift […]
Cosmos Clinic Cosmos Clinic Gold Coast – Meet Dr Mitchell Kim October 2, 2015 - We are always trying to keep up with any clinics in Australia who stand out from the rest. Here at the Hub we want to make sure we are aware of the best Australian clinics and we love to pass on any new ones we find to our readers. Well, we are excited to let you know that we have found another one! Cosmos Clinic on the Gold Coast (woohoo, close to us here in Byron Bay!) is a new branch of the Cosmos Clinic brand, already with three other well-known and respected branches in Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. Cosmos clinic offers a variety of cosmetic treatments which include vaser liposuction, butt augmentation (fat transfer), coolsculpting, PRP, injectables, and so much more! At the helm of the Gold Coast branch is Dr Mitchell Kim, a Cosmetic Physician who specialises in body contouring and aesthetics, and has experience both in Australia and Korea. We made it our business to get the low down on Dr Kim and find out a bit more about the man behind the mask. When we asked Dr Kim to tell us a little about himself, he tells us his passion is to help his patients look […]
Dr Malcolm Linsell Interview Helping women get their bodies and confidence back September 4, 2015 - I love my kids… And I want my body back! Dr Linsell is a well respected Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon. Among other specialties Dr Linsell is known for his work with mothers wanting to regain their pre-pregnancy bodies as well as women over 35 who want to feel a whole lot better about themselves. Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. PSH: It’s interesting to think that at the same time the average age that women are choosing to have children is rising, that the cosmetic and plastic surgery industries are becoming more accessible and accepted in society than ever before. What do you see as being the most popular increasingly asked for procedure for you at the moment? Dr Linsell: You know it’s really interesting because you’re right, plastic surgery has become more socially acceptable and I think that’s one of the major reasons why women are seeking these sorts of procedures. The most common operation is still probably still breast augmentation. Liposuction is also common, and in my hands in particular is abdominoplasty because it’s something I’ve taken a real interest in over the last 25 years or so. I think the […]
Be Sculptured Dr Meaghan Heckenberg, liposculptor at BE SCULPTURED June 18, 2015 - Meet Dr Meaghan Heckenberg, liposculptor at BE SCULPTURED in Crow’s Nest, Sydney. Meaghan has performed over 500 liposculpture procedures after gaining her medical fellowship from The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, specialising in liposculpture. She is a full member of the Cosmetic Physician’s Society of Australasia. Meaghan particularly enjoys sculpting the body to improve one’s shape and size and has made liposculpture her primary procedure in cosmetic surgery. Meaghan believes that the highest level of surgical skill is achieved by performing the same procedure often. She understands the desire to improve one’s shape and has had liposculpture procedures herself with “most satisfying results”. Meaghan’s own experience is what led her to specialising in the area of liposculpture. Years ago, despite training harder or losing more weight, it never reduced the fat in some areas of Meaghan’s body. Meaghan says, “It only made me look gaunt around the face, neck and chest. Liposculpture improved my shape substantially. It made me feel more confident, plus working out became more pleasurable too. My desired shape was finally achieved. Improvements thereafter came from increased muscle tone achieved by exercise and training.” From that moment Meaghan had a desire to learn the art of liposculpture […]
Katie's Tummy Tuck Katie’s Trifecta – My tummy tuck, thigh lift & lipo surgery with Dr Mark Hanikeri May 1, 2015 - Although Katie was never “really overweight”, she had wanted to have a tummy tuck for a number of years. Being 6 feet tall and finding it tricky to lose her little belly even with an active and healthy lifestyle, having children just reinforced Katie’s resolve and she decided to do some research and it led to Katie’s “Trifecta”, three in one surgery! Realising that word of mouth was usually the best way to get an idea of how good a surgeon was and what she could or should expect from the surgery, Katie joined online groups and started chatting with others who had already gone through the experience. She researched the procedures, different doctors and other patients’ experiences. It was around this time that Katie decided she wanted to have not just the tummy tuck but a thigh lift and some liposuction too. She thought it would be great if she could have all three surgeries done at the same time. It would save her a bit of money and a lot of recovery time, not to mention less time off work and time away from her kids. Katie says she consulted with a few doctors before finally settling on […]


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    I’m looking into getting liposuction
    What are your prices like and do you offer payment plans?

    • Trish

      We have emailed you. Get back to us for follow up.

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    Hello I’m interested in finding out more about a mons pubis procedure. I had a tummy tuck 4 years ago.
    I’m in Sydney

    • Trish

      Hi Elizabeth
      I had a TT years ago and then a revision TT with mons reduction at the same time (should have been done the first time for me!). Can you check with the surgeon you went with? Or would you like us to send you a list of surgeons in Sydney to get the procedure done on its own? Have you joined our closed Facebook support group “Plastic Surgery Support Forum For Aussie Chicks” there’s many patients on there who have experienced the same as you – they may be able to shed further light.


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