Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that can remove fat from a specific part of the body. It’s a great way to improve the way you look by getting rid of stubborn pockets of fat that are almost impossible to get rid of with dieting and physical exercise.
Liposuction isn’t quite the same thing as weight loss; instead, it’s all about targeting certain areas, improving the look or your body and giving you back your confidence.
In this article we answer the questions we are most frequently asked about Liposuction, uncovering a few common myths along the way.
The most common areas for liposuction are arms, abdomen/stomach, upper and lower back (or the ‘muffin top’), buttocks, legs, thighs and chin/neck.
These are areas in which fat tends to build up, but they’re also relatively safe for liposuction when performed by an experienced surgeon.
Of course! Most people can comfortably have more than one area treated in the one session, preferring to have everything taken care of in the one session. However, you can also just have liposuction performed on a single area; it’s up to you.
Our liposuction treatments are performed with two types of anaesthetic: ‘local’ and ‘twilight’.
Local anaesthetic numbers the area where the fat is being removed, meaning you’ll feel no pain. Twilight anaesthetic dulls pain throughout the whole body and keeps you calm. We’ll also provide you with anti-anxiety medications, meaning that you won’t have a thing to worry about throughout the whole procedure.
The incision made during the procedure is very small (only around 1-2cm wide) and does not require stitches. Provided that patients avoid strenuous activity and lifting afterwards, minor discomfort should be the most you’ll feel in the days following liposuction.
Most patients who receive liposuction are able to go home around an hour after the procedure is finished. The anaesthesia may make you feel slightly dizzy or light-headed, but you’ll be able to walk by yourself just fine.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which may impact your recovery, we’ll discuss these prior to the procedure.
Most patients in non-physical employment can return to work after 3-4 days.
There’s no need to worry if you have a previous medical history that may affect the procedure. Our qualified cosmetic surgeons will give you personalised recommendations depending on your employment and other unique circumstances.
You can begin basic exercises such as light walking around five days after the procedure. Heavier exercises, such as weightlifting and contact sports, should be avoided until at least 6 weeks after your liposuction.
Once again, if you have any questions, they’ll all be covered in your personalised assessment beforehand by our qualified doctors.
Incisions made during the procedure are made with extreme care and only 1-2 cm across. We also try to perform them in a natural skin crease or fold to minimise scarring.
Even tiny potential scars are not permanent, blending into your skin colour with time.
Of course! Liposuction is fully safe for diabetics, so long as we plan your insulin and eating habits correctly before the procedure.
For the most part, yes.
However, high blood pressure can have an effect on all kinds of medical procedures, cosmetic or otherwise. This would be something we’d discuss with you in detail as part of your consultation, with an accompanying medical examination to ensure that the procedure will be completely safe.
One of the best things about liposuction is that the results are permanent. There may be some swelling in the affected areas, but this is totally normal.
Fat cells are permanently removed from the treated area, with the results immediate and permanent; this is because the container of the oil in the fat is removed, meaning it can’t build up again.
We still recommend implementing a healthy diet and a moderate level of exercise to prevent fat from growing back on other parts of your body, as well as for your cardiovascular health and longevity.
Exercise and diet can and will improve your overall health, but there may still be stubborn areas of fat that remain resistant to all other methods. Liposuction is perfect for targeting these small areas.
Many people are genetically prone to storing fat in certain areas, even people who are otherwise totally fit and healthy, so this procedure can suit a wide variety of people, with all sorts of body types.
There’s no ‘single’ result, since every person’s body is different, and they store fat in all sorts of different places.
The results of liposuction can vary, but one important thing to note is that fat removal is measured in litres, not KG’s. Therefore, weight isn’t the main factor in deciding how you look after liposuction.
A person who loses 5kgs after exercising and eating well will look slightly slimmer overall. However, if you had 5L of fat removed from just your abdomen, you would look significantly skinnier because that area was specifically targeted.
Liposuction is about happiness, confidence and looking great, not just removing weight.
Typical costs will vary from $2500 to $7500 for general small to large one off areas. This depends on body type and location.
Some patients will request Liposuction across multiple body parts, or have other forms of cosmetic surgery performed in one sitting, which can provide you with greater value than individual procedures.
Sculpt Cosmetica are situated in Liverpool, Sydney, and have 20+ years’ experience in performing Liposuction and other cosmetic procedures such as Fat Transfer, Thread Lifts & Blepharoplasty.