Get the body shape you want with liposuction surgery

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

Dr. Gavin Chan

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.
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Are you frustrated that no matter how well you eat and how much exercise you perform, you just can’t change the appearance and shape of your body? You’re not alone feeling upset about this. Body shape, contours and problem 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 chest, waist and abdomen area. Liposuction surgery can improve the shape and appearance of your body.

According to Dr Gavin Chan (MBBS, Cosmetic Physician, 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 usually a good candidate for liposuction?

The best 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 your liposuction procedure

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 our accredited day surgery centre.

When you arrive, you will meet your Cosmetic Surgeon 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 antiseptic solution. The number of incisions your require will depend on the body areas you are having treated. 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 usually an effective and safe 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 pain you feel and time off from work you require will depend on how much fat you have had removed. 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 the pain feels similar to muscle soreness after a hard gym workout. To minimise this pain we provide you with prescription painkillers and anti-inflammatories. If you require medical attention at any time post-operatively, your Cosmetic Surgeon is always available.

After your liposuction procedure you will have a compression garment on that you need to wear all day and night for 7 days. 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 to remove 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. You can view a patient’s liposuction recovery video here.


Where to get the best liposuction in Melbourne

Since 2005 our highly trained and experienced Cosmetic Surgeons have performed thousands of liposuction procedures. When you are considering who will perform your liposuction procedure it is vital to:

  • Ask how many liposuction procedures they perform every year.
  • Consider and check their qualifications, experience, training and reputation.
  • Look at before and after images of previous patients.
  • Feel comfortable and confident 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 Cosmetic Surgeon will determine if you are medically suitable for liposuction by reviewing your fitness, health, weight, allergies, medications 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

To find out how you can change your body shape with liposuction call us on 1300 863 824 or fill in the form below.

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