Liposuction - Liposcultpure Perth, Western Australia
Liposuction is also known as: Liposculpture, Fat Dissolve, Lipo, Body Sculpting, Body Reshaping, Fat Reduction.
If you're considering body contouring surgery
Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is used to eliminate excess fat and help sculpt the body. The most targeted areas to have unwanted fat removed from include the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, ankles, upper arms and neck. Although liposuction is not a substitute for dieting and exercise, it can remove stubborn areas of fat that don’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
It is essential to have realistic expectations about the outcome of your cosmetic surgery and gain a clear understanding of what the procedure can and cannot achieve. Before you decide to have surgery, think carefully about your expectations and discuss them with your surgeon.
Who are the best candidates for liposuction?
The best candidates for liposuction are people of average weight with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain unwanted areas. You should be physically healthy, psychologically stable and realistic in your expectations. Your age is not a major consideration. However, older patients have diminished skin elasticity and may not achieve the same results as a younger patient with tighter skin.
In your initial consultation, your surgeon will evaluate your health, determine where your fat deposits lie and assess the condition of your skin. He will explain the body-contouring methods that may be most appropriate for you. For example, if you believe you want liposuction in the abdominal area, you may learn that an abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck” may more effectively meet your goals.
What's involved with the liposculpture procedure
The procedure involves the removal of localised deposits of fat to re-contour one or more areas of the body. Through small incisions, a cannula is inserted and used to vacuum the fat layer that lies deep beneath the skin. This may be preceded using an ultrasonic probe to first emulsify or break down the fat.
Most patients require general anaesthesia, particularly if a large volume of fat is being removed. The time required to perform liposuction may vary considerably, depending on the size of the area and the amount of fat being removed.
Tumescent Liposculpture; a relatively new technique that is used to deliver more accurate results for body sculpting with fast recovery times. This treatment is delivered as an alternative to full general anaesthetic, thus avoiding all of the associated risks. During the liposuction procedure using this method, patients remain conscious during the procedure but feel no discomfort as tumescent fluid is injected into fatty areas before the fat is removed. The tumescent fluid is an anaesthetic solution that consists of saline, lignocaine which numbs the area, adrenaline to reduce bleeding and bicarbonate which prevents the sting of lignocaine. It also helps lift the fat off of the muscle wall, allowing it to be more easily removed and minimises the risk of severe complications.
Ultrasound-assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL); involves the use of tumescent fluid which is injected to the fat which helps numb and reduce bleeding in the area. A special cannula is then inserted under the skin and into the fatty tissue to deliver ultrasonic energy which causes the fat to liquefy. Following this, a suction cannula is used to remove the fat more easily, resulting in a smoother effect. UAL has been shown to improve the ease and effectiveness of liposuction in virtually all areas of the body, but more particularly in fibrous areas, such as the upper back or the enlarged male breast.
What are the risks of Liposuction/Liposculpture
Liposuction is normally very safe. Large volume liposuction of more than 5 litres carries more significant risk with greater fluid shifts. Overweight people are also more prone to deep vein thrombosis.
Specific complications include contour problems and disturbance of sensation in the treated area. Numbness generally settles with 6 weeks of surgery. It is important to note that cellulite is not improved by undergoing liposuction. The scars from liposuction are small and strategically placed to be hidden from view. Contour problems are usually minor but may require a “touch up” if they persist. Imperfections in the final appearance are not uncommon after liposuction. The skin surface may be irregular, asymmetric or even “baggy”, especially in the older patient.
After your surgery
After your liposuction surgery you will likely experience some blood/ fluid drainage from the incisions. To control swelling and to help your skin better fit its new contours you will be fitted with a snug elastic garment to wear over the treated area for a 2-3 weeks. Pain is usually short lived and managed with oral analgesics.
Generally it’s best to recuperate at home where things are familiar and you can access help. Some people elect to go away for their recuperation and that’s fine as long as you have adequate access to wound care and help with daily chores.
Following your surgery you will be prescribed pain medication which may be an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory or sometimes a combination and this prescription is given to you by your anaesthetist . Should you have concerns about post-operative pain relief then you need to address these with your anaesthetist.
Plastic surgeons undergo extended rigorous training which involves at least 7 years post graduate study. As part of that program they learn about cosmetic surgery. Under current legislation anyone can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon provided they are a doctor. However, unless you have a higher specialist qualification in plastic surgery you are not allowed to call yourself a Plastic Surgeon. Dr Cooper is a qualified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs cosmetic surgery.