LIPOSUCTION

Sometimes, no matter how much you diet and exercise, you’re left with stubborn pockets of fat that just won’t shift.

It may be your arms, your thighs, your stomach… Your hips, bottom, knees, chin… Every one – and every body – is different, and so are our trouble spots.

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 will leave you with a more shapely, proportionate silhouette.

Dr Hunt has been performing liposuction for over 15 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.

Five Myths About Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most commonly performed procedures worldwide yet there is massive 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 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, 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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FAQ

Is it for me?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

Dr Hunt performs all liposuction under general anesthetic at the 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 surgery, 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.

When can I go home?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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

However, you’ll see Dr Hunt five days after your surgery 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?

Answer:

You’ll only need a few days off work.
When can I resume my normal activities?

Answer:

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 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?

Answer:

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

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