Liposuction, or liposculpture, is a cosmetic surgical procedure designed to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body.
Liposuction can be used to treat most areas of the body, either as an isolated procedure or combined with other body contouring procedures. The best candidates for liposuction are normal-weight people who have firm, elastic skin with an abnormal distribution of fat in specific areas such as the hips, thighs, or neck. Liposuction is a major surgical procedure often taking many hours to perform. It is not a weight loss technique, nor does it reduce stretchmarks; rather it is a tool to target areas that are resistant to exercise.
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|Women in Sydney generally undergo liposuction to remove excess fatty deposits, however, Dr Moradi rarely performs liposuction as a single procedure. He does perform liposuction in conjunction with many other procedures.
What does the liposuction procedure involve?
First, a local anaesthetic, saline and adrenaline solution is infused to help reduce bleeding, as well as aiding in post-operative pain. A cannula, which is a thin hollow tube, is then inserted through the incisions to loosen the targeted fat, which is then dislodged and suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum.
How long does it take to recover from liposuction?
Liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic as a day stay procedure, followed by about one week of rest to recover.
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How much does liposuction cost?
The cost of liposuction is highly variable dependent on:
- Whether the liposuction is performed as an independent procedure or as an adjunct to another procedure such as a abdominoplasty/tummy tuck or facelift
- How much liposuction is performed
- Anaesthetist's fee
- Private hospital or day surgical facility fees
- Need for post-operative garments
- Length of hospital stay
- Whether you need other body contouring procedures such as labiaplasty, arm lift, thigh lift and abdominoplasty/tummy tuck.
After our consultation, my staff will give you an itemised account of the total cost.
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic procedure to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. Like any surgery, it carries risks and potential complications, including:
- Bleeding and hematoma: Bleeding during or after the procedure, as well as the formation of a hematoma (a collection of blood under the skin), can occur.
- Infection: While rare, there is a risk of infection at the incision sites.
- Fluid imbalance: Significant fluid shifts can occur during liposuction, potentially leading to complications, especially if a large amount of fat is removed.
- Numbness or changes in sensation: Temporary or, in some cases, permanent changes in sensation at and around the treated areas can occur.
- Skin irregularities: Skin contour irregularities, dimpling, or waviness might happen after liposuction, particularly if too much fat is removed from one area.
- Seroma: Fluid accumulation beneath the skin can form a pocket called a seroma.
- Thrombosis or embolism: Blood clots that form in veins can lead to more severe complications like pulmonary embolism if they travel to the lungs.
- Pulmonary complications: In rare cases, fat or other materials loosened during liposuction can enter the bloodstream and cause potentially life-threatening complications.
- Organ damage: Although uncommon, perforation of internal organs can occur during the procedure.
- Anesthesia risks: Adverse reactions to anesthesia, although rare, can happen.
It's crucial to have a thorough consultation with Dr Moradi to understand the risks associated with liposuction.