Liposuction can help you get rid of unwanted fat deposits in problem areas

Whether on your arms, thighs, stomach, knees or hips, every body is different, and so are our trouble spots.

Sometimes, no matter how much you diet and exercise, you’re left with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t shift. Thankfully, sculpting even the most persistently problematic areas is possible thanks to liposuction or liposculpture. Performed on any area of the body you like, liposuction can leave you with a more shapely, proportionate contour.

Plastic Surgeon Dr Jeremy Hunt has been performing liposuction in Sydney for over 20 years and, as one of his most popular surgeries, it’s a procedure in which he excels. You’ll finally be able to shift your focus from the parts of the body that you hate, to the ones that you like. Just imagine what it will do for your confidence.

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What is liposuction?

Diets and physical exercises can help you lose weight, but none of them are designed for localised weight loss. In other words, when you lose weight, the fat tissue in your body can be affected to different degrees. Maybe you want to get a slimmer tummy, and a weight loss program can lead to smaller breasts or buttocks. The only efficient solution to getting rid of localized fat deposits is liposuction.

Liposuction is the minimally invasive plastic surgery procedure that can be used to remove stubborn fat deposits from different areas of the body such as the chin, neck, arms, tummy, thighs, calves, knees, buttocks, among others. During one liposuction session, Dr Hunt can address one or more areas with unwanted fat deposits, depending on your particular needs that will be discussed during the initial consultation.

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How is Liposuction done?

As mentioned above, liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure. This means it entails tiny incisions that are only a few mm long. These incisions heal to leave minimal (if any) scarring behind.

Liposuction can be performed with the patient under general anaesthesia or local anaesthesia with sedation, depending on the area to be addressed with the procedure and the individual characteristics of the patient.

Once anaesthesia is administered, and the patient feels no discomfort, small incisions are made in target areas. Through the incisions, Dr Hunt introduces a hollow steel tube – we call it a liposuction cannula. The cannula is connected to a medical vacuum device that will suck the fat out once Dr Hunt dislodges it with back and forth movements.

While liposuction seems like a pretty straightforward intervention, choosing the right plastic surgeon is essential. This way, you can avoid getting unsatisfactory results such as contour irregularities, skin bumps, and waves.

Areas Treated with Liposuction

Liposuction is a very versatile cosmetic procedure. It can target persistent fat pockets regardless of where they exist in your body.

Dr Hunt uses different techniques and different catheter sizes to target different body regions. So, if you’re looking to reshape your body with liposuction, these are the areas that can be targeted:

  • Tummy: The stomach is the most commonly treated area with liposuction. Lipo surgery gets rid of mummy pooch and persistent lower abdominal fat that just won’t go away with sports. It’s a surgery that has the potential of achieving a flat and smooth stomach
  • Groin: Many women and men have a Fat Upper Pubic Area (FUPA), which can make your private area look less than you’d like. One effective way to get rid of fat in the pubic area is liposuction
  • Hips: The hips usually have very stubborn pockets of fat resistant to all kinds of treatment – except liposuction. Hips liposuction reduces their volume, correcting any excessive curvature that you don’t want
  • Lower back: Another area that tends to accumulate fat stores is the lower back. This is mostly seen in patients who already store fat in the belly and hips, resulting in a large midsection. Lower back fat liposuction is very effective in toning the area and getting rid of the persistent fat
  • Upper back: The upper back might have excess fat that won’t go away with sports. Upper back lipo surgery can tone that area and smoothen its contour.

  • Thighs: The thighs are a common problematic region in many people. It’s a go-to fat storage area for a lot of body types. Thigh liposuction can make your thighs slimmer and make you look much better in tight jeans
  • Buttocks: Needless to say, a lot of fat can be stored in the behind. A round and big bottom is desired by many women, however, a fatty one is not. Liposuction can contour the buttocks and give them a smoother appearance
  • Legs: Some body types tend to have large calves due to excess fat in the area. Leg liposuction can be done on the legs to help you fit better in any tight pants
  • Arms: The arms commonly store fat, especially around the biceps. Having large arms can make your upper body look disproportionate. Liposuction of arm fat can, thankfully, solve this problem
  • Chin: Double chin, triple chin, and fatty chin can be fixed with liposuction. Lipo of the neck and chin is one of the best ways to deal with fat in this area. It helps redefine your chin and contour your neck and jawline
  • Breasts: Sometimes, breast liposuction can be done as an alternative to surgical breast reduction. It contours the breasts and reduces their size
  • Face: Some people who have fatty cheeks and a chubby face opt for facial liposuction. Lipo can be safely done on the face to remove fat cells, contour the cheeks, and bring out your cheekbones.

Keep in mind that such procedures require an excellent surgical technique to avoid contouring problems, asymmetry, and complications.

Benefits of Liposuction

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed worldwide. There are many benefits associated with undergoing this procedure including

  • Getting rid of unwanted fat deposits from different areas of the body
  • A better-contoured body
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Your Clothes fit better

Liposuction can help improve many areas of your body

  • Submental or Neck Liposuction can help reduce fat under the chin
  • Body Lipo can help contour your abdomen and stomach and reduce your love handles
  • Arm Liposuction can help some patients improve a fatty arm
  • Thigh Liposuction can reduce fat in the legs


Five Myths About Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed procedures worldwide yet there is a lot of confusion about the procedure and how effective it can be so I will address five myths.

1. The fat will grow back

Fat cells split and divide until the end of puberty and then the number is fixed.  When fat cells are removed from the body they will not grow back. Liposuction procedure is a permanent removal of fat cells used to improve the contour of a specific area.

2.  The fat will move to another area

While liposuction will remove fat from a specific area it will decrease the overall number of fat cells that the body has to store calories. If patients continued to have high calorie intake and the body needs to store fat it will be unable to store fat where it previously did prior to the liposuction surgery, so these calories will be stored in a different area. For this reason, patients think that the fat has ‘moved’ to a new area but it has not.  The body is simply storing the calories that are taken in, in the areas of fat cells that remain after liposuction.  

3 Liposuction does not need to be maintained

Having undergone liposuction means there is an improvement in the body contour though this does not mean patients can ‘earn credit points’ in terms of what they can eat into the future. If patients have high calorie intake there will be weight gain in areas that have not been liposuctioned and also in areas that had been liposuctioned.

4. Liposuction is a weight reduction program 

Liposuction is a technique used to address disproportionate deposition of fat on specific areas in specific individuals. A weight reduction program is in the form of diet and exercise and liposuction does have its limitations in the volume that can be removed and should only be used to improve disproportionate contour as opposed to achieve overall weight loss.  

5. Anybody can get a good result from liposuction

Like all surgical procedures some patients will be suited to liposuction and others may require a different procedure to achieve the result they are looking for. A professional opinion from a well-trained surgeon will educate patients as to whether liposuction is the procedure of choice for them, or perhaps they would better be suited to address their issues in the form of a thigh-lift or abdominoplasty.

Once informed the patient can make an intelligent decision as to whether to proceed with surgery given the potential outcome, risks and benefits.

Five Common Mistakes In Liposuction

1. Too much fat was removed

If you consider the skin to be a balloon that it is not full of air but full of fat, there is a certain amount of air that could be let out of a balloon before it will start to lose shape and collapse. Liposuction is very similar in the sense that if too much fat is removed from the skin envelope, there will not be enough stability to hold the skin shape and there will be a collapse of the skin creating ripples, corrugations, dips and divots. It is a technical assessment by the surgeon as to the amount of volume that can be removed in any individual to avoid this complication. To remove too much fat from certain individuals is a mistake that can lead to an unsatisfactory outcome and require further revisional surgery.

2. Not enough fat was removed

This is a mistake the patients will make when they think that the surgeon is capable of removing “all of the fat” from a particular area.  The surgeon will make a decision as to the maximum volume of fat that can be removed without creating an adverse outcome. Patients need a clear understanding and expectation of what the results of any surgical procedure will be, and liposuction is very similar. This should all be established preoperatively to avoid patient disappointment.

3. Asymmetry post liposuction – The left and right sides are not equal

This, in some cases, is a technical problem that can occur when different volumes are removed from different areas. For this reason, surgeons will be vigilant as to the amount of time spent on a specific area, the volume of fat removed from the specific area and the thickness of the skin on pinching while the procedure is being performed. This is to ensure that the two areas are treated to create a symmetrical result. 

Some patients may well ask then, how it is possible to have a difference between the left and right and this is usually because there was a difference in the left and right sides before the procedure. A surgeon may try to address these differences at the time of surgery by removing different volumes and there may be an improvement in the asymmetry but there may not be a total correction. Preoperative photographs will be able to explain this if this is the case and this is something the patient should be made aware of, if this is the circumstances they are in prior to the procedure, to avoid disappointment at the final result that has achieved.

4. I am going overseas for my surgery

Overseas surgery may well offer a lower price point than treatment in Australia, but patients need to understand that you truly do get what you pay for. Surgery is a complete procedure that involves an initial consultation and assessment and this can only be done on a face-to-face basis between surgeon and patient. Following this, there needs to be time for the patient to consider their options which is often not the case when you fly to a foreign country for a procedure. There needs to be follow-up which is not provided when you return home if your surgery is performed overseas and this can open the door for complications and bad outcomes.

Overseas surgery may appear financially appealing but the correction of the problems that may well arise can be often far more expensive than having the procedure initially performed in Australia with a good outcome.

5. Liposuction is a lunchtime treatment

Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves downtime for the patients. Patients will need to recover from this, and they will need a number of days, if not up to a week, off work depending on the extent of the liposuction performed, the number of areas and their physical health and fitness.

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Can Liposuction Be Combined with Other Procedures?

Yes. Liposuction is often combined with surgical lift procedures to tighten the skin above the area treated with lipo.

For many patients, liposuction alone is enough to sculpt the target body area they desire. The skin can usually shrink and tighten on its own once the fat is removed. In some people, however, this does not happen. They’re left with excess saggy skin after lipo. The skin type, age, amount of fat, and your natural healing physiology all play a role in determining this.

Some of the procedures that are usually combined with liposuction include:

  • Tummy tuck (abdominoplasty): Tummy tuck plus lipo is a perfect combination for those wanting to get a flat and tight stomach
  • Back lift: If you’re getting a back lipo or 360 lipo, then a back lift can be an excellent addition

  • Arm lift: A common problem in older women and men is “bat-wings”. That’s when the arms become fat and saggy. Combining arm lipo with arm lift surgery fixes this problem.
  • Breast lift: If you’re getting breast lipo, then combining it with a lift would give you the best outcomes
  • Thigh lift: Thighs can sag and have stretched skin over them. This can be exacerbated by thigh liposuction. In such cases, getting thigh liposuction and lift is recommended.
  • Facelift: If you’re getting facial lipo to contour the cheeks and jaw, then a facelift might be an excellent option to tighten the whole face
  • Neck lift: Lipo for double chin and chubby neck can be complemented with a neck lift for better definition and contouring

Dr Hunt will help you choose the best combination of procedures for your specific cosmetic needs during your first consultation.

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Recovery after Liposuction

The recovery period after liposuction is highly dependent on the complexity of the procedure. For example, it can take just a few days to recover after abdominal liposuction, while liposuction performed on multiple areas of the body can have a longer recovery period. Bruising and swelling naturally occur after undergoing liposuction.

It is best to avoid strenuous physical activities during the first two weeks after liposuction. Here are more recommendations for the recovery period after liposuction:

  • Avoid smoking and drinking alcohol for at least two weeks
  • Avoid steam rooms, saunas, hot baths and pools for a few weeks
  • Avoid salty foods
  • Wear the compression garments

To avoid risks and complications that could occur during the recovery period make sure to follow Dr Hunt’s indications.

Liposuction Recovery Tips

For you to have a speedy and seamless recovery after liposuction, we’ve put together some liposuction recovery tips that you should try:

  • Wear your compression garments – We cannot stress this enough. Fat removal with lipo leaves empty pockets under the skin – areas where fluid can accumulate and cause swelling. Compression garments prevent excessive swelling and bruising and help your skin tighten faster after lipo
  • Don’t skip steps – You should allow your body to heal and stick to the recommended recovery timeline after liposuction. Skipping steps and rushing back into normal activity can increase the risk of lipo side effects
  • Walk, walk, walk – Unless told otherwise by your medical team, you should start walking as of the next day after liposuction. Surgery increases the risk of blood clots, but this can be prevented by walking whenever you get the chance
  • Stick to your medications – After liposuction, you might be prescribed blood-thinning medications (pills or injections), painkillers, and antibiotics. Take these as prescribed and finish the whole course of treatment even if you’re feeling well
  • Stop smoking – Smoking is the enemy of plastic surgery. It can ruin your liposuction results and prevent your wounds from healing. It also reduces the chances for skin to tighten after lipo. This is why you should stop smoking at least 4 weeks before and 4 weeks after liposuction. Ideally, take this as a chance to quit smoking for good

Dr Hunt will give you detailed liposuction aftercare instructions before you leave. You should stick to all the recommendations to make your recovery period as comfortable as possible.

Liposuction complications

Liposuction is, in general, a very safe procedure. It involves only a minimal risk of complication. Some of the rare complications that can occur include:

  • Seroma formation – fluid collecting in a pocket under the skin
  • Haematoma formation – blood collecting in a pocket under the skin
  • Wound infection – usually treated with antibiotics
  • Skin numbness – due to injury to superficial nerve branches
  • Internal organ injury – a very rare complication of liposuction surgery, in which an internal organ is injured by the liposuction catheter

As you see, although liposuction is a fairly straightforward procedure, complications can still occur. This is where the skill and experience of your plastic surgeon play a role.

Liposuction Costs Sydney - How much does liposuction cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

The cost of Liposuction varies for each patient depending on the areas of liposuction procedure being done, the results you want and the time required in theatre.

The cost of liposuction largely depends on the amount of fat that needs to be removed and how many areas need to be treated. Some areas are larger than others and combining areas will extend the time required for the surgery. This is not the type of surgery that has a set cost – every patient has different requirements. How complex your procedure is and whether you’ll require anaesthetic will also change the final cost. Only if the procedure requires a general anaesthetic will an anaesthetist be required.

Your total cost will include surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist fee, hospital fees and surgical aftercare & support.

During your liposuction consultation, Dr Hunt will review your medical history, perform a comprehensive assessment of your areas of concern, discuss risks and provide you with an accurate cost for your lipo surgery procedure.

Since liposuction is a cosmetic procedure, it won’t attract a Medicare rebate. If you believe that the procedure is medically necessary (e.g. Pseudo lipodema), you can contact Medicare to find out more about a rebate.

You can also learn more about a Liposuction Payment Plan or find out about the costs for liposuction surgery on our Surgical Costs page or by calling the clinic.

Is Liposuction Worth It?

Almost 88% of patients who get liposuction say that it’s worth the time, effort, and money they invest into it.

Lipo is a straightforward procedure that has a lot to offer. It can be customised to target the specific problem areas in your body and bring you a step closer to your desired look. Recovery is not too demanding, and the results can many times be spectacular.

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With over 20 years of experience doing liposuction surgery as a specialist plastic surgeon, Dr Jeremy Hunt has built a reputation in Sydney for his ability to get the best results using the most innovative surgical techniques. Join the thousands of happy past patients today by booking a consultation with Dr Hunt at your earliest convenience.

Dr. Jeremy Hunt prides himself on providing some of the best Liposuction Sydney has to offer.

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Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined the Edgecliff practice of Dr Jeremy Hunt and is available now for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery including Labiaplasty & Liposuction.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

Dr Maryam can offer a completely female surgical team in theatre for the many patients who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.


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Liposuction FAQ

Is liposuction for me?


Liposuction is a procedure suited to body sculpting, rather than weight loss. There are limits to the amount of fat that can be safely removed from the body, so if you are very overweight you may not be a suitable candidate. The goal is to use liposuction to remove localized bulges that are non-responsive to diet and exercise

What's involved in Liposuction in Sydney?


Dr Hunt performs all liposuction under general anesthetic at the Sydney hospital of your choice. Your anesthetic will be administered by one of Dr Hunt’s hand-chosen partners, so you will be in the very best hands at all times.

During your liposuction surgery in Sydney, Dr Hunt will make small incisions in the area from which the fat is to be removed.

Then, based on your individual needs and the area/s being treated, Dr Hunt will use one of two liposuction techniques:

  • Suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL)
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipectomy

Dr Hunt will explain your options to you in detail during your one-on-one consultation. Click here if you’re ready to book your liposuction in Sydney.

When can I go home after Liposuction in Sydney?


You will go home on either the same day as your surgery or the following day, depending on the extent of your liposuction.

When you get home you should limit your movements to around the house for two to three days, to ensure you recover as quickly as possible.

Will I have to return for post-operative care?


You won’t have any stitches to remove, as all sutures are fully dissolvable.

However, you’ll see Dr Hunt five days after your liposuction procedure so he can check how you’re feeling and ensure you’re recovering nicely. You’ll then have further visits at three and six weeks, and again at three, six and 12 months.

How long will I be off work?


You’ll only need a few days off work.

When can I resume my normal activities?


You can resume all normal activities, including exercise, at six weeks. However, you must not do any activities that increase your heart rate above 100 beats per minute during the first three weeks after your liposuction surgery.

You’ll wear compression garments continuously for the first three days, at which point you can shower, after which you’ll need to continue to wear them day and night for a further two to three weeks, and then at night for two to three weeks. These compression garments help you to define and maintain your new body contour.

You can begin walking on the day of surgery, but will sore and tired for up to a week.

When will I see the end result?


One of the greatest benefits of liposuction is that once your fat cells are removed, they can’t return – so the end result of liposuction Sydney is truly forever! However, while the benefits of liposuction procedure are immediate, it may take up to two months for your skin to shrink and showcase the full results.

What are the Benefits of Liposuction Surgery?


For some people, it doesn’t matter how much they exercise or what they eat, they still find it hard to lose weight or banish unsightly areas of fat. Sometimes this is simply down to genetics but can also be the result of pregnancy. Whatever the cause, fatty deposits anywhere on the body can lead to problems with self-confidence. By removing these deposits and improving body shape, patients report feeling happier and much more confident.

With the immediate benefits that liposuction offers patients undergoing the procedure generally see an improvement in their mood, confidence and comfort as a result of ridding themselves of unwanted and unsightly fat deposits.

Liposuction can improve your overall body definition and make you more confident and comfortable in your own skin. Liposuction is a very individualised procedure in that the recovery time and overall outcome of the liposuction differs from one person to the next. Prior to booking any procedure appointment, you will have a consultation with Dr Hunt to discuss your desired goals and outcomes of the procedure, so he can ascertain the best way to achieve these for you.

Who is a good candidate for liposuction?


Here are three examples of ideal Liposuction patients

Brian. Brian is a very healthy and happy 33-year-old professional who has an excellent diet and exercise program and maintained a stable weight of 85 kg. He has always been troubled though by two areas being disproportionate deposition of fat on his love handles as well as fullness under his chin which he knows is something that runs in his family. His ‘double chin’ and ‘love handles’ constantly cause him concern socially on a daily basis and he is keen to give consideration to fixing these issues. Brian is a perfect candidate for liposuction of the submental region and the love handles to try and improve the contour. He has two specific areas that are disproportionate with the rest of his physical frame and he has realistic expectations and is a good candidate to ensure a get good outcome.

Sally. Sally is a 24-year-old girl who has always been concerned that she has disproportionately large thighs. She is trim, athletic and sporty and when she buys clothes off the rack she finds she needs to buy separates because her top half does not match her more pear-shaped lower half. She has disproportionately large lateral thigh fat pads and inner thigh fat pads and is a good candidate for liposuction as these two areas can be contoured to match her frame. With a consultation and explanation of the pros and cons of the procedure, Sally becomes a good patient to undergo liposuction and I would anticipate for her an excellent outcome.

Georgina. Georgina is a happy and healthy mother of three children. She is 35 years old and is giving consideration to an abdominoplasty to fix excess loose skin on her tummy. She also has excess deposits of fat over her hips and flanks in an hour and pear-shaped figure. Liposuction can be used in combination to address fullness on the lower back and improve the contour of her torso circumferentially while at the same time, the abdominoplasty addresses the excess skin on the front part of her torso. Liposuction in these instances is an excellent adjunct to ensure patients get the best result possible from the surgical procedure such an abdominoplasty. Patients do need to understand that liposuction is not just a surgical procedure; there is the initial consultation period and a postoperative course. During the postoperative period, patients may well be asked to wear a compression garment which is one of my preferences. The compression garment offers two major benefits. Firstly, the garment will minimise swelling and bruising which will then speed the recovery process and secondly the garment will help support the elasticity of the skin and allow faster, more even contour contraction once the volume has been removed. The compression garment will be worn for periods determined by individual surgeons and I prefer to have the patients wear the garment day and night for the first two weeks followed by night time for the following two weeks. There may well be instances where the garment period needs to be shorter and may well need to be longer depending on individual circumstances, the number of areas being treated, and the patient’s response. Patients will need to consider that during this period they may need to take some time off work and they may well require some assistance with duties around the house if they are caring for a family.

What Results Can I expect from Liposuction in Sydney?


Ultimately, the reward comes from looking in the mirror and seeing the results – improved shape and appearance of the treated area – and from the knowledge that the fat has been permanently removed. So long as you maintain a balanced diet and regular exercise after your recovery, you’ll enjoy the benefits of one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures for the rest of your life.

Is Male Liposuction different from Female Liposuction?


In men, the areas classically affect the abdomen, potentially the chest with the love handles being one of the most commonly treated areas. In women, the fat distribution is more likely to be disproportionate around the legs with the inner thigh, outer thigh, and knee being the commonest areas performed. Liposuction is also applicable and very helpful for patients with excess fat deposits in areas such as the neck, under the chin, in the upper arms, on the back, the upper back above the bra strap or the lower back above the belt line.

Where is Liposuction in Sydney Performed?


Liposuction is performed for my patients in a fully accredited hospital by myself as a fully accredited surgeon. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic provided by an anaesthetist to ensure the patient is adequately cared for while I am performing the surgical procedure. For smaller areas, other surgeons may choose to perform liposuction under a form of local anaesthetic or sedation, though in my patients, I find it more comfortable for them and more reassuring for me to know that they have been looked after by a fully trained anaesthetist under general anaesthetic in a fully accredited hospital.

What is the best Liposuction Technique?


There are different techniques for liposuction and these have evolved since the procedure was first described in the 1960s by Dr Illouz, a French plastic surgeon, who initially used the procedure on one of his female patients. Since that time, evolution in the technique has led through dry liposuction, through wet, through superwet, to techniques that involved ultrasound as well as mechanically assisted devices. In my practice, I used a mechanical liposuction performed with a superwet technique. Surgical literature suggests that this provides the maximum safety for the patients while providing the most predictable outcome with minimum downside. Other techniques may provide faster treatment for patients but this may well come at a higher risk of complications and this is not something that I am keen to embrace for my patients. As a philosophy, I want my patients to have the best outcome with minimum risks and the maximum predictability. If that means as a surgeon, I need to do more physical hard work to achieve that outcome, it is a price I am happy to pay to ensure my patients are delivered a good outcome.

What happens during a Liposuction Procedure?


Performed under a general anaesthetic, liposuction can be carried out on any part of the body where fat collects; the abdomen, thighs, hips, buttocks, neck, arms, breasts, knees, calves, ankles and even beneath the chin. I start by inserting a small tube beneath the skin of the area to be treated and then attach a suction pump, which is used to suck out the excess fat stored between the skin and muscle.

How is Liposuction in Sydney procedure performed?


Once you have decided to undergo liposuction the procedure will be carried out in hospital under a general anaesthetic administered by a highly qualified and experienced anaesthetist. Small incisions will then be made into the targeted areas and a multitude of removal methods are available to rid your body of the undesirable fat deposits.

In liposuction, a small incision is made in the skin to allow access for a liposuction cannula. These are long, thin stainless steel tubes at the end of which are small holes which have sharpened edges. As the cannula is moved backwards and forwards below the skin and applies suction, small parcels of fat will be suctioned into the holes and then with the backwards and forwards motion, those parcels of fat will be removed. Once the fat has been removed it is removed permanently. Fat cells do not split and divide and multiply after the age of puberty, so the number of fat cells you have is fixed. What they can do though is increase in volume, so, like the balloon analogy, they are either full of fat and enlarged when you are carrying excess weight, or empty and small when you are lean. Liposuction will permanently remove some of these fats from the area treated, and once these fat cells have been removed with liposuction they are removed permanently.

How long does Liposuction take?


The procedure will take variable amounts of time depending on the degree of liposuction that needs to be performed. Potentially for small areas such as under the chin, the procedure may take 30 to 45 minutes. For larger areas such as the abdomen, hips and flanks the procedure may take two hours and for more extensive liposuction it may well be a three-hour procedure. Following this, patients will often go home as it is a day surgery procedure though for the larger areas that have been treated, patients will potentially stay in hospital for one night for patient comfort and safety.

What is the highest Volume that can be removed with Liposuction?


I am often asked what is the maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed and it is advised by multiple surgical boards internationally that 5 litres is the maximum volume that should be removed in a single surgery sitting. When you think about it this way, then it really does become clear that liposuction is not a weight reduction program, it is more one of correction of disproportionate fat distribution. When patients looked at it in this light, they usually have a clear understanding of what is possible and not possible and that is when they become valid candidates for the procedure. I do think the patient understanding is the key to a good outcome and as long as the patient is well-selected and the treatment is appropriately provided, the liposuction provides a reliable and effective outcome in the majority of crisis.

What happens after Liposuction Surgery?


After the operation, the area that’s been treated will be bandaged. While it’s likely that you will feel a little sore, you can usually leave the hospital that same day. However, it’s advisable that you take one to two weeks off work following the procedure and don’t plan to do very much, as this will help speed recovery. Aftercare is very important, which is why I like to do plenty of checkups with patients in the days and weeks following the procedure, to ensure comfort and recovery is optimal.

How long is recovery after Liposuction?


You should only need to take a few days off work to recover after liposuction, though it does depend on the scale of the surgery. The more rest you have after the operation, the quicker your recovery time. Reducing activity and drinking plenty of fluids will ensure you’re back on your feet faster.

As with all surgery, there are a number of things you can do to speed up your recovery time, like plenty of bed rest, limiting physical activity, eating well, drinking plenty of fluids and getting lots of sleep. Clear your schedule of work and social commitments for the advised length of time and follow your surgeon’s instructions to ensure you recover speedily and with no complications.

What are the Longer term Results of Liposuction?


In terms of the long term result from liposuction, patients can expect a permanent removal of fat in the area that has been treated. They do though need to maintain a good diet and exercise program as all areas of the body will potentially be able to store fat if excess weight gain is the case. In my practice, I choose to perform liposuction that I feel will deliver patients the maximum results with the maximum predictability and importantly, the maximum safety.

Does the Fat come back after LiposuctIon?


The permanent removal of the fat leads to some of the myths associated with liposuction. Patients may feel that the fat has ‘come back in a different area’. This is not the case as the fat cells do not move. If the patients continue to intake a large amount of calories, then the body will store these extra reserves. As the body cannot store these reserves in the fat cells that have been removed, the body will store them in fat cells in other locations. For these reasons, patients who do not maintain a good diet and exercise program and a stable weight following liposuction may feel that the fat has ‘moved to another area’.

Can You have Liposuction combined with other procedures?


Liposuction can also be used in combination with other procedures such an abdominoplasty. A lipoabdominoplasty is a combination of a tummy tuck with liposuction and it has really become the gold standard in terms of abdominal contouring. In body contouring surgery, such as brachioplasty or arm reduction or lower body-lift and thigh-lift, liposuction is also a valuable tool that is used at the same time to maximise the outcome of those procedures.

Is Liposuction in Sydney Safe and Reliable?


Performed effectively and safely, it is a very reliable procedure for patients who are looking to improve body contouring in specific areas of the body though is not to be regarded as a weight loss program. Patients do need to be realistic about their outcome from liposuction and it is not simply a case of removing as much fat as is possible. Patients who are on a stable diet with a good exercise program who are then troubled by a specific area with disproportionate deposition of fat, are patients who are good candidates for liposuction.

What are the Risks and potential complications of Liposuction?


Many people don’t consider liposuction because they’re worried about the level of pain or the risks of a general anaesthetic, and this stops them from properly assessing the pros and cons of the procedure. All surgical procedures carry some risk, but it’s worth noting that liposuction has a great safety record overall and if carried out by a skilled surgeon those risks are hugely mitigated. What’s more, when it comes to the pain, I work with you to provide pain relief to greatly increase your comfort during the recovery period.

How painful is Liposuction?


I am often asked how painful liposuction is. During the superwet technique, we will place local anaesthetic into the fluid to minimise the postoperative pain and discomfort. Most patients will go home the same day of their procedure and will be happily managed with oral analgesia ranging from paracetamol and sometimes to some stronger agents for possibly a number of days or up to a week. This will depend on individual patient needs, the number of areas treated and the extent of the liposuction performed. I do tell my patients that they can expect to see the results of their liposuction at the 6-week mark. It is true though that there were still be some swelling at this point and the potential improvement and gains can extend out to the 3 if not 6, and sometimes 12 months mark as a there is a further resolution of swelling and firmness in the tissues.

When should you have Liposuction?


In my practice, it is going to be when they have an understanding of the procedure, the likely outcome and the potential downside. For me, that will take an initial consultation to assess whether they are a valid candidate for the procedure where we will provide them with some information for their consideration and discussion with their family and friends. At a second consultation, I will confirm that the procedure is appropriate for them and that they are fully aware of the surgical undertaking and the likely downside and recovery time required. Once the patient has passed that test, in my mind, that they fully understand the procedure, they are a valid candidate for liposuction. As I mentioned, I will perform the procedure in hospital under general anaesthetic for maximum safety.

How much does stomach liposuction cost in Australia?


The price of liposuction varies a lot depending on many factors. The amount of fat that needs to be removed, the type of anaesthesia, duration of surgery, and location all go into calculating the costs of liposuction. Dr Hunt will give you an estimate of the full costs once you come in for your consultation.

Does Lipo leave scars?


Tumescent liposuction leaves very small, almost invisible scars. The wounds of liposuction are only a few millimeters wide. They usually heal very well, and within a year, almost leave no trace at all. No one should be able to see lipo scars unless they’re searching for them.

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?


You can lose a few kilograms after liposuction since fat is being removed. However, liposuction is not a weight loss surgery. The target is not to reduce the number on the scale and rather to contour your body.

Is it easier to lose weight after liposuction?


No. Liposuction does not affect your appetite or your metabolism. It will not help you lose weight easier, however, it might encourage you to go on a diet and start doing sports.

Will lipo make my stomach flat?


Liposuction can indeed help make your stomach look flatter. It can reduce the fat under your belly skin, and once the skin shrinks it would look flatter and tighter.

Are you awake during liposuction?


Liposuction is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means that you will be asleep during the operation and won’t feel a thing. Sometimes, local or regional anaesthesia can be used for lipo. You can discuss this with Dr Hunt during your consultation.

What is a 360 Lipo?


This is a liposuction technique that targets the whole mid-section. A 360 liposuction contours the belly, hips (love handles), and back. It gives you a well-toned torso without any excessive fatty curves.

Does liposuction get rid of cellulite?


Liposuction is not a treatment for cellulite, however, it can decrease its appearance.

Why is my stomach still big after liposuction?


In some patients, deep fat layers are the cause behind their protruding belly. This area can’t be targeted by liposuction or tummy tuck. The only solution is weight loss.

Does skin tighten after liposuction?


In a lot of patients, the skin retracts after lipo. This, however, depends on your skin quality, genetics, healing ability, and the amount of fat removed. If the skin doesn’t tighten after lipo, then a lift procedure might be needed.

Can liposuction change body shape?


Of course. The whole aim of liposuction is to sculpt your body and change its shape. It can make it look more proportionate and get rid of unwanted fatty curves.

Should I lose weight before lipo?


As long as you have a fairly stable weight and you are not severely overweight or obese, then you’re a good candidate for liposuction.

Is it better to get lipo or tummy tuck?


This depends on your desires and your body shape. If you have a lot of belly fat and lax belly skin, then a tummy tuck is a must. If you have moderate belly fat and good skin health, then liposuction can be enough.

Is 50 years old too old for liposuction?


There’s no perfect age to get liposuction. You can get lipo at 40, 50, 60 years old, or older. The older you are, however, the more likely you’ll need additional skin lift with your lipo.

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.


Dr Maryam Seyedabadi

Dr Maryam Seyedabadi has recently joined Dr Hunt’s practice in Edgecliff and is now available for consultations on a range of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery for breast, body and face.

She is just one of the very few dually qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeons, completing both medical and dental degrees. This gives her an excellent skillset and ability for face surgery, orthognathic & jaw surgery.

As a Sydney Female Plastic Surgeon, Dr Maryam offers surgery by women for women. She is supported in clinic & theatre by a completely female surgical team for those who prefer being operated on in a women-only or more female-friendly private hospital environment.