Liposuction is a procedure designed to re-shape and contour the body by removing and reshaping areas of stubborn, excess fat.
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed. Virtually any area of fat accumulation can be treated with liposuction, with the most common areas treated for women being abdomen, buttocks, inner and outer thighs. In men the most common areas include the abdomen and ‘love handles’ and the breast area.
It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss tool and is not a substitute for proper diet and exercise. Liposuction has the best results in those who are close to their ideal weight, but have stubborn areas of fat that persist. Liposuction is used primarily for improving body contours. The most critical factor in a good result with liposuction is good quality, toned skin.
This procedure directly targets the problem areas by reducing the number of fat cells in that area. These fat cells are permanently removed. The incisions used are very small and usually easily concealed.
Liposuction is usually done as “day surgery”, however can be combined with other procedures such as a Tummy Tuck or excess skin removal during post weight loss surgery, which may require an overnight hospital stay.
Power-Assisted and VASER Liposuction
At Pure Aesthetics, we use the latest in liposuction technologies, including “power-assisted”, VASER liposuction and SAFELipo for improved results and a shorter and easier recovery procedure. These techniques target fat cells using advanced ultrasound therapy, reducing damage to any surrounding tissues.
Meet your Surgeon
Dr. Kelly Thornbury
Meet your Surgeon
Education and Training:
- Bachelor’s degree from the University of Newcastle, studying Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic) and graduated with merit
- Selected into the university’s Medicine program, and received the distinguished Carl Mason Memorial Prize
- Accepted into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical training program
- Master’s Degree in Surgery at the University of Sydney, researching paediatric craniofacial surgery and burns surgery
- Active member of multiple professional organisations, including:
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
What happens in my liposuction consultation?
During your preoperative consultations, your Pure Aesthetic plastic surgeon will assess your areas of concern, determine your skin elasticity and assess your fatty tissue to determine if you are suitable for liposuction. Photographs of the area or areas of concern will be taken, to plan your surgery and assess your results after liposuction. At your liposuction consultation, your Pure Aesthetics plastic surgeon will demonstrate and explain how your treatment will be performed, including showing you before and after photographs of our previous liposuction patients to indicate the results you can expect from the procedure.
How is liposuction done?
At Pure Aesthetics, we believe safety is paramount, and all significant liposuction should be performed in accredited day surgeries or hospital.
Liposuction may be performed under local anaesthesia if only small areas, but more extensive or multiple areas of treatment will usually require general anaesthetic. Liposuction is usually performed as “day surgery” and you will be able to go home on the same day. The length of the operation depends on the number of body areas to be treated, whether you will need to be moved during surgery to access the sides or back and how much excess fat is being removed..
Scars are minimal, as liposuction is done by making multiple small skin cuts of only a few millimetres, and introducing a cannula attached to a suction device to remove the fat. This may be done using a range of technologies for improved results, including “power-assisted” and “ultrasonic” (VASER) modalities. However, new methods include fat-freezing technologies are options your cosmetic plastic surgeon may explore with you if suitable.
Modern liposuction or ‘liposculpture’ technology has advanced to become safer and less invasive than any time in the procedure’s history. It is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment in the world.
The risks and complications from liposuction are minimal, but they will be outlined by your surgeon with special attention given to any personal health issues, your medical history and precautions to take during recovery.
Can I have liposuction during another plastic surgery operation?
Liposuction is commonly performed at the same time as other cosmetic surgery operations, including abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), breast reduction and facelift. Your Pure Aesthetics plastic surgeon will advise you on the advantages and risks of having liposuction at the same time as other procedures, with the highest quality outcome and safety our guiding principles.
Will liposuction cure my cellulite?
Unfortunately, liposuction is not a cellulite solution, though it may improve the appearance of cellulite in some cases. Liposuction works by shaping your body shape from deep under the skin, and as cellulite is a skin problem, liposuction does not treat the dimpled cellulite appearance. There is no guarantee of cellulite improvement from liposuction.
How long do results from liposuction last?
Liposuction permanently removes fat from the targeted area of your body, however if you gain weight fat in this area will return. If you maintain good health, diet and exercise, the results from your liposuction will be long-term.
Liposuction is best performed in patients with good quality skin and normal weight, and unlikely to undergo major changes in body contour, such as pregnancy or major weight loss, in the near future. Liposuction is not a solution for obesity.
How much fat is removed with liposuction?
The aim of liposuction is to achieve a normal, shapely and natural contour, and the amount of fat removed varies between individuals. Liposuction should be considered a “sculpting” procedure of areas of your body resistant to normal weight control and exercise, rather than a weight loss treatment, and large volume liposuction has higher risks and lower rates of satisfaction with outcome. Your plastic surgeon will assess whether your goals are realistic, achievable and safe during your initial consultations, based on examination of your body contour, tissue and skin quality and a detailed discussion of your expectations.
What is the recovery from liposuction like?
Most liposuction is safest performed under general anaesthesia, although small areas may be suitable for “twilight” or even local anaesthesia. Our surgeons perform most liposuction in accredited day surgeries, not in our office, and you should be able to go home a few hours after the surgery. A surgical compression garment is worn under your clothes for several few weeks after liposuction, to minimise bruising, swelling and discomfort, and help the skin settle smoothly to your new body contour. Often, the early swelling can be considerable, and resolves over several weeks. The time you will need to take off work, exercise and other normal activities varies, depending on how extensive your liposuction surgery is, what type of work you do and preferred exercise.
Your Pure Aesthetics plastic surgeon will provide a complete recovery plan tailored to your own lifestyle.
Are there scars from liposuction?
Liposuction is done through a small number of short incisions made in natural crease lines, usually in discrete areas so the scars will not be visible. These scars fade with time and are rarely visible.
Liposuction/VASER Before & After Photos
After your consultation with one of our specialists you will be supplied with an itemised estimate of the costs for your surgery, including the doctor’s fees, anaesthetist fees, assistant fees and hospital fees. Please note, liposuction is a fully cosmetic procedure, and there are no rebates from Medicare nor contribution to hospital costs by your private health insurance.
In the event of unforeseen circumstances, it may be necessary to arrange additional medical services, resulting in further charges to you. This information will be provided to you as soon as possible after treatment occurs.