Liposuction and liposculpture are techniques used to address unwanted deposits of fatty tissue causing contour irregularities in order to create an aesthetic body shape. While liposuction aims to remove fatty tissue in a specific area to address contour irregularities, liposculpture aims to remove fatty tissue selectively to achieve a more sculptured appearance. Liposuction can improve the contour of the abdomen by flattening the profile on the lateral view, shape the hips and flanks, improve the appearance of saddle bags involving the outer thighs in addition to slimming of the inner thighs, knees and ankles. The technique is also effective as a means of treating the enlargement of the male breast, also called gynaecomastia, in addition to treating facial jowls and the appearance of a “double chin”. Lipofill is a technique where fat tissue is removed from one area of the body and transferred to another area as a fat graft to augment volume. These surgical techniques, whether used in isolation or in combination can restore body proportions, creating the appearance of being toned and sculptured. Where volume is augmented, the patient’s own tissue is used.
Typically, patients request liposuction, liposculpture and lipofill to influence positively their lifestyle including self confidence in lingerie and swim wear, ease of fitting clothes, balancing body proportions and improved self-esteem.
The decision to undergo liposuction, liposculpture and lipofill surgery is significant and adjustment to change in appearance needs be considered in addition to the process of post-operative recovery.
Before a procedure you will undergo a consultation with a surgeon at our private consulting suite in the suburb of Windsor in Melbourne’s south east, at Coltham Private Hospital in Kew or our practice in Essendon.
At a consultation, your surgeon will determine your expectations and identify potential constraints to achieving those. Factors to consider include; skin quality, height to weight ratio and overall body proportions.
The Surgeon will discuss options with you during the consultation. Issues which need to be considered include:
Height and Weight – Best results are achieved when the main objective is to address discrete areas of fat excess and contour irregularities rather than overall weight reduction. Your Surgeon will discuss with you what effect your height and weight will have on their ability to achieve the desired aesthetic outcome for you.
The extent of surgery required – Your surgeon will outline the degree of surgery required to safely achieve the ‘look’ you seek. They will also discuss the relative merits of liposuction, liposculpture and lipofill, and show you pre and post operative images to illustrate the different cosmetic outcomes achievable given your body morphology (shape).
Skin quality – During the consultation your Surgeon will make an assessment of the quantity and quality of your skin overlying the treatment areas. They will advise you of the impact this may have on your ultimate aesthetic outcome. Your Surgeon will also make an assessment of your potential need for revisional surgery to address skin excess or incomplete skin retraction following surgery.
Scar – Once Liposuction, liposculpture and lipofill scars have matured over a number of months they have the appearance and size of “mole removal” scars or are imperceptible in some cases. Liposuction and Liposculpture are minimal access procedures which are characterised by multiple 3 -4 mm access incisions. The lipofill injections are performed using incisions which are typically less than
Revisional surgery may be required to address these complications. The areas treated with liposuction and liposculpture can typically be numb for a number of months.
Consent to undertake Liposuction, liposculpture and lipofill surgery should only be given after all relevant information has been received. After the consultation process you will have the opportunity to have questions addressed by the Surgeon. The consent process will also include discussion regarding the costs of surgery and potential revisional surgery.
In Australia, surgeons are strongly discouraged from advertising a set price for a medical procedure.
The procedure is performed through minimal access incisions under general anaesthetic administered by Specialist Anaesthetists in an accredited hospital. Our practice does not use twilight sedation, which has been associated with adverse clinical outcomes. The Surgeon will discuss the nature and placement of the scars required prior to surgery.
Our doctors will explain the details of your surgery and all of the information about the procedure you have selected.
You will also have an opportunity to review before and after photographs of their patients’ results in their areas of expertise.
Your Surgeon will provide general information on treatments, hospital costs and incidental fees. Pre and post-operative information and a written quote will be provided to you in your consultation.