Is Liposuction the right choice for me?
Liposuction is an individualised procedure and may not be suitable for everyone. If you are physically healthy and at a stable weight yet still have pockets of fat that persist despite a healthy diet and exercise then the surgery may be right for you. It is also important to have realistic expectations regarding the outcome of the Liposuction procedure
Liposuction is most likely to be successful for patients with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas. Although age is not a main concern, older people often have less skin elasticity and therefore the results may not be the same as someone younger.
It is also important to understand that liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss. Also if the ‘extra’ skin does not tighten following the liposuction procedure then an additional procedure to remove excess skin may be required to achieve your desire outcome.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT OVER THE LONG TERM AFTER LIPOSUCTION?
The results of liposuction are usually long-lasting, especially if you maintain a stable weight after the surgery. The natural aging process and significant weight fluctuation can influence your results over time.
DOES LIPOSUCTION TIGHTEN THE SKIN OF THE TREATED AREA?
Liposuction is designed to reduce fatty tissue, not tighten skin. If excess loose skin is one of your concerns, additional surgery will be required. For example, patients with excess abdominal fat and loose skin will pair liposuction with a tummy tuck or body lift. If you would prefer to only undergo liposuction, you require good skin elasticity. Undergoing liposuction with skin laxity can result in drooping skin in that area.
CAN LIPOSUCTION BE USED TO REMOVE CELLULITE?
Weight reduction is one of the best ways to manage cellulite. This will help break down any fatty tissue that has accumulated underneath the skin. Creams and medications rarely work for reducing cellulite. Unfortunately, liposuction cannot completely remove cellulite. It can help smooth out the treated area but some cellulite will still be visible after your surgery. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle following your liposuction procedure will help to prolong and enhance your results.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE FOLLOWING LIPOSUCTION?
ideal weight prior to surgery. Fat tissue itself is not dense or heavy to begin with. This means there won’t be a very significant difference in your overall weight once the unwanted fat has been removed. Before you weigh yourself after surgery, wait for swelling to subside. This is from some of the fluid injected at the start of liposuction and also some fluid retention after the liposuction, which could make you heavier than you really are. But in general, larger volume liposuction (i.e more than 2 litres) is not safe to be done as a Day Surgery procedure. That means that the maximum amount of weight that you will loose will not be more than 1.5kg.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT LIPOSUCTION TECHNIQUES?
The traditional liposuction and most common technique involves the use of a slim cannula that’s inserted into a small incision. The tip of the cannula penetrates the fat and is attached to a suction pump that removes the fat. The cannula is moved back and forth to achieve the final result. The cannula can be connected to a machine that oscillates to make the procedure easier and more efficient called power assisted liposuction. There are also some other less common techniques such as laser assisted and Ultrasound assisted liposuction.
The technique that’s used is dependent on what area will be treated and the desired outcome as well as the availability of the equipment and preference of the surgeon. Your options will be discussed during your consultation with Dr Safvat.
Where does Dr Safvat perform this procedure?
Dr Safvat does Liposuction in the Sydney region (Sutherland Shire and Inner West) as well as in the Southern Highlands, NSW. He only operates in fully accredited Private Hospitals, these being Kareena Private Hospital (Caringbah), Strathfield Private Hospital, Southern Highlands Private Hospital (Bowral) and Ramsay Surgical Centre Miranda.
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Dr Safvat is a fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. Every patient is unique and results may vary. Any surgical procedure carries risks which need to be discussed with your doctor to ensure you are fully informed and realistic outcomes have been explained. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
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DR ANDRE SAFVAT (MED1155201)
Registered Medical Practitioner, Specialist Plastic Surgeon (specialist registration in Surgery – Plastic surgery).