- Elective cosmetic procedure
- No rebates available
- Not covered by private health insurance
- Prices vary depending on the areas treated and the length of time of the procedure
The most common areas of the body to collect unwanted fat deposits are the tummy, the outer and inner thighs, the buttocks and the inner knees.
Liposuction involves sucking out fat cells through very small incisions made through the skin, using a blunt-tipped cannula. For some patients, an ultrasound device is used to assist with the removal of the fat cells.
What happens at the first consultation?
In your first consultation, Dr Norris will ask you about the areas of your body that you feel aren’t responding to exercise and diet. He will then assess the amount of excess fat you have and the elasticity of your skin. He will also assess the nature of any old surgical scars. Dr Norris will discuss in detail how the operation is performed and where the scar will be placed. You will then be provided with a quotation which will include your options for surgery. If you decide to proceed with surgery, Dr Norris will see you again at a second consultation.
Dr Norris insists that all patients must stop smoking 2 months before embarking on any type of cosmetic surgery.
How is the operation done?
Dr Norris performs liposuction in fully accredited medical facilities. You will be introduced to the anaesthetist that Dr Norris works closely with, who will give you a general anaesthetic. You will have a chance to talk with Dr Norris prior to having the procedure as he marks you up for the operation. You will more than likely only stay in hospital for the day of your surgery.
What happens after the surgery?
- Liposuction can take anywhere from 1-5hrs depending on the areas being treated.
- You will be in hospital bewteen 3-6 hrs in total before being discharged.
- You will remain in a surgical garment for 6 weeks.
- A friend, or responsible adult must collect you from the hospital as you may not drive home.
- You will leave with written postoperative instructions and a prescription for pain-relief.
- Daily short showers are permitted, ensuring your waterproof dressings are dried adequately.
- Sleeping might be uncomfortable for a period of time. Please ensure you get adequate bed rest.
- Within the first 2 days after surgery you will experience the worst of the discomfort, managed by your prescribed pain medication.
- You will have bruising, swelling, tenderness, and sensitivity. Swelling may vary from patient to patient and should resolve between 4-8weeks.
- Light exercise is permitted after 2 weeks, such as walking. Resuming normal daily exercise at 6 weeks as instructed by your Doctor.
- You can return to work after 1 week.
- 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.
- Haematoma A collection of blood, which is either naturally absorbed into the body or sometimes requires further surgical drainage. Symptoms include swelling, pain, bruising, or hot to touch.
- Infection Infections are unpredictable and normally occur in the first 3 weeks after surgery and treated immediately with antibiotics.
- Skin Laxity This may occur for patients who are having a larger amount of fat removed. This can occur with areas such as the inner and outer thighs and arms/batwings. Dr Norris will advise you if this is a possible complication.