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.