- Elective cosmetic procedure
- No rebates available
- Not covered by private health insurance
Liposculpture, or liposuction, is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure that both men and women can use to achieve their ideal body shape. The ideal liposculpture patient should be in good health but is struggling to get rid of stubborn pockets of fat regardless of a healthy lifestyle and regular exercise routine.
Every liposuction procedure is slightly different because every patient has different goals and areas of concern. As you can imagine, this would also affect the length and price of the procedure.
The areas that are most commonly treated with liposculpture include the stomach, outer and inner thighs, buttocks, arms and flanks, aka love handles. All of the areas that could throw your natural curves and profile out of proportion.
Liposuction cannot get rid of cellulite. If cellulite is one of your concerns, you may need to undergo laser treatments after surgery to create a smoother appearance. It also won’t eliminate the appearance of stretch marks unless paired with a second procedure that removes excess skin. Even then, additional treatments such as laser and microdermabrasion will be required.
Liposculpture Before and After – Real patients, real results
Before and After Liposculpture – Patient 1
Before and After Liposculpture – Patient 2
Before and After Liposculpture – Patient 3
Before and After Liposculpture – Patient 4
During your first liposuction consultation, Dr Norris will discuss your unique concerns with you and find out more about the areas that are no longer responding to diet and exercise. He will then assess the amount of excess fat you have and the elasticity of your skin. Any old surgical scars will also need to be evaluated. Along with taking the necessary measurements and photos, Dr Norris will also need to review your medical history to rule out any factors that could lead to potential complications.
Dr Norris will discuss in detail how the operation is performed and where the scar will be placed. By taking you through these details, Dr Norris will also help you to set realistic expectations about what can be achieved and what your recovery process will be like. You will then be provided with a quotation which will include your surgery options. If you decide to go ahead with the liposuction, Dr Norris will see you again at a second consultation. Every patient will be given ample time to consider their reasons for wanting to undergo this procedure.
During your second consultation, your liposculpture procedure will be scheduled and Dr Norris will explain how you should prepare for surgery. For one, patients are encouraged to stop smoking at least 2 months before their procedure to ensure optimal healing. There are also specific medications and supplements that will need to be eliminated several weeks before and after your surgery.
Dr Norris only ever performs liposculpture in fully accredited medical facilities for safety and efficiency reasons. Before your procedure commences, Dr Norris will introduce you to the anaesthetist he works with, who will also administer your general anaesthetic. You can also use this time before your surgery to talk to Dr Norris about any questions or concerns you might have. Before the anaesthetic is administered, the necessary markings will be made on the targeted areas.
During the procedure, several small incisions are made on the areas that will be treated. From there, a blunt-tipped cannula will be used in a back and forth motion to remove unwanted fat cells. In some cases, an ultrasound device will be used to first break up the fat cells as this makes it much easier to vacuum them out. Liposuction can take anywhere from 1-5 hours depending on the areas being treated. Patients will also be given intravenous fluids during and after their liposculpture session to replace any fluids that are lost due to fat removal.
The incisions will be closed using dissolving sutures so that you don’t need to schedule an appointment to have them removed later on. A compression garment will also be applied to the treated area to reduce swelling and accelerate healing. If more than one area was treated, compression garments will need to be worn on all of them.
You will be moved to a recovery room after your surgery where you will be monitored for several hours before being discharged. There is a chance that drains will need to be placed under the skin after surgery to get rid of excess blood and fluids. The drains will be removed before you are discharged or the day after your procedure.
- Patients will need to spend 3 – 6 hours in hospital before being discharged
- Any compression garments that are supplied will need to be worn for at least 6 weeks if not more. Dr Norris will advise you accordingly
- A friend, or responsible adult, must collect you from the hospital. Because your range of movement will be restricted and your pain medication might make you drowsy, you won’t be able to drive yourself home
- Dr Norris will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions as well as a prescription for pain medication before you go home, ensuring a smoother, more comfortable recovery
- Daily short showers are permitted, provided your waterproof dressings are dried adequately
- Sleeping might be uncomfortable for a period of time. It’s important to get as much rest as possible during your recovery period at home
- Pain and discomfort will be the worst during the first 2 days after your procedure but this can be managed with the pain medication that was prescribed. In general, the liposuction recovery process is not as painful as many other surgical procedures though
- It’s completely normal for patients to experience bruising, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity. Swelling may vary from patient to patient but should resolve after 1 – 2 months
- While scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure, the scars associated with liposuction are minor and will almost always fade over time. Along with strategically placing your scars in areas that will hide them, Dr Norris will also provide you with professional scar management tips that you can use after your procedure
- Patients can engage in light activities such as walking 2 weeks after their liposculpture procedure but your regular exercise routine can only be resumed after 6 weeks. It’s best for Dr Norris to clear you for this first
- Patients are able to return to work after a week but should stick to light duties for at least 3 weeks
- A follow-up appointment will be booked for you on day 7 after the operation. This is to check your wounds and change the dressing
- It’s very rare for patients to undergo a second liposuction procedure unless they gain and lose a significant amount of weight again
- Patients can expect to see the final results of their procedure after several months so some patience will be required
- Haematoma – This refers to excess blood collecting in the area that was treated. If the blood isn’t naturally absorbed by the body, it will need to be drained surgically. Haematoma symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising and skin that feels warm to the touch
- Infection – Infection is always possible after any type of cosmetic surgery procedure, with the risks being the highest during the first 3 weeks. Symptoms of an infection include redness around the incisions, itchy skin and high temperatures. Infections should be treated as soon as possible with antibiotics
- Skin Laxity – This may occur for patients who are having a larger amount of fat removed. This can occur if areas such as the inner and outer thighs and arms/batwings are treated. Dr Norris will advise you if this is a possible complication. In these instances, patients may need to pair the liposuction with other body contouring procedures such as a thigh or arm lift.
- Numbness – It’s not uncommon for patients to experience some numbness in the areas that were treated. This complication does almost always resolve within a few months if it does occur though.
- Contour Irregularities – The skin can appear bumpy after surgery due to poor skin elasticity, healing issues and uneven fat removal. While these changes are permanent, patients are generally only at risk should they choose an inexperienced surgeon for their procedure.
This will all depend on how many areas need to be treated during surgery. Every patient has very different requirements – some only require liposuction, while others also need additional body contouring surgeries. An accurate cost can only be determined following a personalised consultation with Dr Norris who will take your specific needs as well as hospital and anaesthetist fees into consideration. Since liposuction is hardly ever deemed medically necessary, the costs won’t be covered by Medicare or private health insurance. The only time that some of the costs might be covered is if liposuction forms part of a bigger surgical plan that does have medical benefits. Dr Norris will talk you through your options during your consultation.
Here at Form & Face, we provide patients with a
Lifetime followup guarantee
This means that we will be there for you far beyond the recovery period.
You can rest assured knowing that you can come to us about any
post-surgical concerns for the rest of your life.