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Liposuction is a body contouring procedure that can remove local deposits of fat cells from nearly any area of the body. This procedure has evolved significantly in recent years, with specialised techniques like power-assisted liposuction that offers even better results with less trauma to the body and shorter recovery times. Dr Thomas offers a variety of liposuction techniques at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery, allowing him to customise treatment to the unique needs and desired outcome of each of his patients.

Candidates for Liposuction

The best candidates for liposuction are men and women with one or more of the following issues:

  • Isolated deposits of fat that will not respond to diet and exercise
  • Clothing that doesn’t fit quite right due to stubborn bulges
  • Excessive bulk in areas like the breasts or buttocks
  • Dissatisfaction with the body contour, due to small fat pockets

Liposuction is typically recommended for patients that have already achieved a healthy, stable weight, as this is not a weight loss procedure. Good skin elasticity is also a must, because while liposuction removes excess fat cells, it is not effective in tightening skin in the treatment area. Liposuction may be performed alone or in conjunction with other surgical procedures, such as a tummy tuck, breast reduction or body lift.

About the Procedure
The procedure involves initially injecting sterile saline mixed with local anaesthetic in to the fat deposit. A narrow tube called a cannula is then inserted which loosens the fat so it can be safely suctioned out of the body. Incisions for this procedure are very small and leave almost imperceptible scars.

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What to Expect after Surgery
Compression garments are usually given after liposuction, to minimise bruising and swelling and encourage the healing process. Depending on the treatment area, some patients are able to return to regular activities within a few days. Because fat deposits are removed from the body, liposuction is considered a permanent treatment. However, remaining fat cells may expand at a future date if a healthy weight is not maintained, necessitating additional procedures to maintain results.

Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures performed today, due to its excellent results and minimal discomfort and downtime. To learn more about your options in liposuction, contact Dr Thomas at the Melbourne Institute of Plastic Surgery on 03 9034 7738.

Dr Damon Thomas