How is liposuction done?

Liposuction is a procedure that involves the removal of excess body fat.

If you eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly but still struggle with stubborn deposits of fat, you might be wondering if there’s anything you can do. The good news is that there are procedures available that are designed to contour and reshape the body by removing fat cells. Liposuction is one such treatment — read on to find out more about how it works and if it could be an effective option for you…

For those residing in the Melbourne area, consulting a renowned plastic surgeon in Melbourne like A/Prof Dean White will offer tailored recommendations based on individual needs. 

What does the procedure involve?  

During a liposuction procedure, a suction technique is used to remove fat from targeted areas of the body. The procedure is performed in an accredited hospital with the help of a fully-qualified anaesthetist. Before beginning the treatment, Associate Professor Dean White will mark the relevant areas on your body and a general anaesthetic will be administered. This will ensure that you don’t feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Associate Professor White will then make small incisions in your skin through which a thin tube known as a cannula is inserted. The cannula is attached to a special vacuum, which works by suctioning fat from the body. The duration of the procedure will depend on how much fat you would like removed and how many areas of concern you are having addressed.

How long does recovery take?  

Each patient’s recovery is different, but you can expect some swelling and bruising following your liposuction procedure. Any visible bruising typically resolves after a week or two. You will be given a compression garment to wear, which will provide support and aid the healing process. Associate Professor White generally recommends that you wear a compression garment for around three weeks following surgery.

Why consider liposuction?  

Liposuction is often an effective treatment for individuals who would like to enhance the contours of their body. It is important to understand that it is not a weight loss technique and is best suited to people who are at a healthy, stable weight but would like to remove deposits of fat from specific areas of the body. Some of the areas on which liposuction can be performed include the abdomen, buttocks, thighs, hips, chin, neck, upper arms, chest and back.

You can expect the results of your liposuction treatment to be permanent as long as you stay at a stable weight. During a liposuction procedure, the number of fat cells in the targeted area are actually reduced and following the treatment, the skin moulds to the new contours. The treatment achieves best results in individuals with good skin tone and elasticity. We also recommend that you are in good general health before considering the treatment.

How can we help?

Associate Professor Dean White offers a number of cosmetic surgery procedures, including liposuction. If you are considering the treatment, or any other body shaping treatment, we recommend that you begin with a consultation so that you can raise any questions and concerns you might have and discuss your particular aesthetic goals with Associate Professor White. Associate Professor White has been a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon for over ten years and is dedicated to staying up-to-date with the latest techniques and research. He will be able to guide you through the process and provide all the information you need before you commit to any treatment.

If you would like to find out more about liposuction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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