Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More
Let’s be honest, we all have areas of our body that we’d prefer to avoid when looking in the mirror. For some it’s a slightly rounded tummy, that bulge that just won’t seem to budge no matter how many sit ups you do or how many times you say no to eating that tempting piece of chocolate. Alas that unsightly area is all part of our genetic makeup. Genetically we are predisposed to having certain areas of the body accumulating fat, these areas unfortunately cannot be corrected with diet and exercise alone. Enter liposuction.
Liposuction is a safe and effective procedure used to remove fat deposits from areas of the body. Liposuction can be performed on almost any area of the body, it is however used in most cases as a means of reshaping the body to give it more balanced proportions and a smoother silhouette rather than as a method for weight loss. The results gained from undergoing liposuction are permanent and the area treated will remain the same size if your weight is maintained. If in the event weight gain does occur the treated area will not increase in size at the rate it would have prior to the procedure.
Traditionally liposuction is performed with a cannula attached to suction. Gentle suction is then passed through the cannula which allows the fat to be gradually suctioned up the cannula and removed from the body. Generally in a traditional procedure the cannula needs to be moved through the fat of the patient quite quickly with strong movements. The problem with this method is that it causes trauma to the tissues which results in lengthier recovery time and greater pain.
Advances in liposuction in the past few years have been made to try to reduce the trauma to the patient. One of the more recent improvements to liposuction is the development of power assisted liposuction. Power assisted liposuction uses an oscillated cannula that it powered by an electric motor or compressed air. The tip of the cannula then gently moves back and forward by 2mm as your surgeon moves the entire cannula, less vigorously then he would if he were performing the procedure with a traditional cannula, in and out of your body. This new technique available at The Victorian Cosmetic Institute results in less trauma to the patient which means less bruising, swelling and pain. According to our very own Dr Gavin Chan power assisted liposuction allows him to produce “more even liposuction results and more dramatic liposuction results”. Power assisted liposuction is thus a more effective, efficient and gentler method of performing liposuction.
Liposuction is a procedure that shouldn’t be taken lightly and as such 2 consultations are often required to ensure you are fully informed before going ahead with the procedure. The Victorian Cosmetic Institute’s Berwick clinic is an accredited theatre so if you might be interested in liposuction or have any questions contact us or make a consultation.