cosmetic surgery

Get the body shape you want with liposuction surgery

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More



Body shape, contours and stubborn areas can be hereditary, with women storing excess fat in the abdomen, back, buttocks, hips and thighs while men can store excess fat in the waist and abdomen area. Liposuction surgery can contour the shape and appearance of your body.

According to Dr Gavin Chan (MBBS, Cosmetic Doctor, Liposuctionist) once the fat cells are removed from the body with liposuction, they will be unable to regenerate in that area. “If you lose or gain weight after liposuction, you will still have the same body shape, just a smaller or bigger version of it.”

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes disproportionate fat deposits from the body. It is performed with a cannula that is inserted through small skin incisions. The cannula is attached to a vacuum source that is passed back and forth through the treatment areas. Different techniques of liposuction include vaser ultrasonic liposuction or Microaire power-assisted liposuction


Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction?

The ideal candidates for liposuction surgery have excess fat in body areas that are not in proportion to the rest of their body. It is important to note that liposuction is a body-shaping procedure, not a weight-loss solution. While each patient is assessed on a case-by-case basis, if a patient is extremely overweight, we may suggest losing some weight before the liposuction procedure.

Types of patients who have been helped by liposuction include:

  • People who have lost substantial amounts of weight but still have excess fat that won’t shift, despite eating healthy food and exercising regularly.
  • Women who have had children who have an accumulation of fat around the thighs, hips and abdomen.
  • Men who have developed ‘love handles’ above the hips and/or unwanted excess fat over the breast area.

Many female patients who are considering liposuction ask whether they should have liposuction before or after they become pregnant. This is a case-by-case situation; however, in most cases, the elasticity and integrity of the skin prior to pregnancy delivers better results than having liposuction post-pregnancy. If the fat stores are removed before pregnancy, they will be less likely to expand during the pregnancy.

It’s important to note that you will not be a suitable candidate for liposuction if you have bleeding or blood clotting disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding or have cardiac and/or respiratory problems.

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What to expect during liposuction surgery

Liposuction can be performed under general anaesthetic, local anaesthesia or light sedation. The number of hours you will need to fast prior to your procedure is dependent on the type of anaesthesia you have. Liposuction is a day procedure performed in an accredited day surgery centre.

When you arrive, you will meet your doctor for a final pre-operative consultation before the procedure, where they will mark and photograph treatment areas. You will then have an intravenous cannula inserted into the back of your hand for the analgesics and sedatives that will be used during the procedure. If you have pre-operative anxiety, we can give you a tablet to reduce this.

Before small incisions are made, your skin will be thoroughly cleaned with an antiseptic solution. The number of incisions you require will depend on the body areas you are having treated. A local anaesthetic solution is then inserted into the fat of the treatment area. This helps the fat layer expand, making it easier to remove the excess fat with the cannula.

While liposuction is a procedure that improves the body shape, there are cosmetic and medical risks and complications you need to be aware of.

What is recovery like after liposuction?

Once you are discharged, a friend or family member must drive you home. The amount of time off from work you require will depend on how much fat you have had removed, what areas you have had the liposuction performed and your occupation. It is important to avoid heavy exercise or strenuous activities for 2 to 3 weeks, but we recommend you to take gentle walks to reduce swelling and to prevent the formation of blood clots.

Our patients tell us that what they feel following their liposuction surgery feels similar to muscle soreness after a hard gym workout. To minimise this feeling, we provide you with prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories. If you require medical attention at any time post-operatively, your doctor is always available.

After your liposuction procedure, you will have a compression garment on that you may need to wear all day and night for 7 days. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how long you must wear your garment. This garment will have pads inside to absorb any drainage from the incisions that must be changed regularly. Because you will feel giddy after wearing the compression garment for so long, we will assist you in removing the foam dressing under the garment 72 hours after the liposuction procedure.

Approximately 7 days after your liposuction surgery, your stitches will be removed. Your further review appointments occur over the next 3 and 6 months after your procedure. It is important to note that it can take 6 months for swelling to subside, with the final results sometimes taking up to 12 months to be seen.

Where to get liposuction in Melbourne

When you are considering who will perform your liposuction procedure, it is vital to:

  • Ask how many liposuction procedures the doctor performs every year
  • Consider and check their qualifications, experience, training and reputation
  • Look at before and after images of previous patients
  • Feel comfortable that they understand your expectations.

To ensure all our patients are fully informed about the liposuction procedure, we schedule two consultations. At your first consultation the doctor will determine if you are medically suitable for liposuction by reviewing your fitness, health, weight, allergies, medications, expectations and previous surgeries. If you are suitable for liposuction, you will have a second consultation where photos and measurements will be taken and preliminary markings made. In some cases, you may need tests including:

  • ECG tests
  • Blood tests
  • Imaging studies

Consultations are required to determine your suitability for treatment. All surgery carries risks, and these will be discussed in detail during your consultation. To find out how you can contour your body shape with liposuction, or to arrange an appointment, call us on 1300 863 824.