Re. Plastic Surgery

Liposuction

Liposuction is often used to contour the body and enhance your overall results, either in conjunction with other surgeries or as a solo operation.

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Is liposuction right for me?

Liposuction removes excess fat from specific areas of the bodysuch as the stomach, hips, thighs, and armsusing a thin tube called a cannula. This is inserted through a small incision in the skin and suctions out the extra fat.

Liposuction can be used to contour the body and remove small amounts of fat, either to enhance the results of other surgeries or as a solo procedure. At Re., we pride ourselves on not performing large amounts of liposuction as it is not a weight loss procedure and can be incredibly dangerous if treated as such.

If you’re unsure whether liposuction is right for you, check out our podcast Keeping It Re.al where we go into greater detail on when and how liposuction works best.

Disclaimer: Images and videos on this page are published with the consent of our patients and depict surgeries performed by Dr. Richard Bloom (MED0001151476) and Dr. Kim Taylor (MED0001219365), registered medical practitioners with specialist registration in Surgery – Plastic Surgery. The depicted results are unique to each individual and influenced by factors such as genetics, diet, and lifestyle, and therefore do not represent or constitute a guarantee of similar surgical results or outcomes for every patient. Every surgical or invasive procedure carries inherent risks, including with complications and recovery. Those risks will be comprehensively explained by a qualified doctor in consultation prior to your agreement to the procedure. Before embarking on your surgical journey, it is crucial to seek medical advice from a qualified health practitioner. The content on our page is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice. 

Further information, including in relation to risks, can be accessed via our website (replasticsurgery.com.au/risks).

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A look into the liposuction journey

1 hour

A private consultation with your surgeon

Your initial consultation will take about an hour and will be with your surgeon. This gives you and your surgeon the time to discuss what’s involved in a liposuction procedure and help you make the right decision for you, based on your body type, your lifestyle and your expectations.

2-3 months

Your first appointment

Our surgeons’ wait lists are constantly changing but prepare for a 2-3 month wait to have your first consultation. This is a good thing! If a surgeon can see you straight away ask yourself why they aren’t busy operating or in high demand. These consultations last around an hour with your surgeon taking your pre-surgery photos, explaining what’s involved in an operation and understanding your desired outcomes. You’ll also have an in-depth, personal quote with our surgical co-ordinator that is valid for 3 months.

2-3 months

Your surgery date

Once you’ve paid your deposit for your surgery, wait times will fluctuate depending on time of the year and your procedure, but allow for a 2 – 3 month wait time.

1-2 weeks

Book in and prepare for surgery

When you’re ready, we’ll book your procedure. We know this is an exciting transformation, so we promise to be there every step of the way. From pre-surgery consults, check-ins with your surgeon all the way to post-op laser and LED appointments with our dermal therapist.

1 day

Day of procedure

This will vary depending on which part of your body is having liposuction and whether it’s a combined procedure or solo. If it’s a combined surgery, you’ll stay in hospital however many nights the biggest surgery requires (i.e breast reduction one night, lower body lift two nights).

If it’s a solo operation, it’s just a day surgery so no overnight stay.

1-2 weeks

The early days

The first 48-72 hours are mildly uncomfortable but will be well controlled with pain medication. It is okay to shower and get your dressings wet and you can sleep in any position that’s comfortable. During this period, you’ll have your complimentary LED scar management treatment to promote healing.

By week two, you can begin to ease back into light physical activities. Most patients are able to comfortably start driving.

6-8 weeks

Your recovery journey

You would be back to your normal daily routine and enjoying your new shape. Normal post-operative bruising and swelling should be gone, and your scars will begin to fade and diminish. You are able to fully resume normal exercise. At the end of this period you will have your post-operative complimentary laser scar treatment.

A look into the Liposuction journey

1 hour

A private consultation with your surgeon

Your initial consultation will take about an hour and will be with your surgeon. This gives you and your surgeon the time to discuss what’s involved in a Lower Body Lift procedure and help you make the right decision for you, based on your body type, your lifestyle and your expectations.

2-3 months

Your first appointment

Our surgeons’ wait lists are constantly changing but prepare for a 2-3 month wait to have your first consultation. This is a good thing! If your surgeon can see you straight away ask yourself why he isn’t busy operating or in high demand. These consultations last around an hour with your surgeon taking your pre-surgery photos, explaining what’s involved in an operation and understanding your desired outcomes. You’ll also have an in-depth, personal quote with our surgical co-ordinator that is valid for 3 months.

2-3 months

Your surgery date

Once you’ve paid your deposit for your surgery, wait times will fluctuate depending on time of the year and your procedure, but allow for 2-3 months wait time.

We know this an exciting transformation so we promise to be there every step of the way, from pre-surgery consults, check ins with your surgeon all the way to post-op laser and LED appointments with our dermal clinician.

1-2 weeks

Book in and prepare for surgery

When you’re ready, we’ll book your procedure. We know this is an exciting transformation, so we promise to be there every step of the way, from pre-surgery consults, check-ins with your surgeon all the way to post-op laser and LED appointments with our dermal therapist.

1 day

Day of procedure

This will vary depending on which part of your body is having liposuction as well as whether it’s a combined procedure or solo. If it’s a combined surgery, you’ll stay in hospital however many nights the biggest surgery requires (i.e breast reduction one night, lower body lift two nights).

If it’s a solo operations, it’s just a day surgery so no overnight stay.

6-8 weeks

The early days

The first 48-72 hours after your operation are mildly uncomfortable but will be well controlled with pain medication. It is ok to shower and get your dressings wet. You can either sleep on your side or with some pillows behind your knees. By week 2 you can begin to ease back into light physical activities. Most women are able to comfortably start driving.

6-8 weeks

Your recovery journey

You would be back to your normal daily routine and enjoying your new shape. Normal post-operative bruising and swelling should be gone, and your scars will begin to fade and diminish. You are able to fully resume normal exercise. At the end of this period you will have your first postoperative complimentary laser or LED scar treatment.

Frequently asked questions

all about Liposuction

If performed correctly, no. Saggy skin is generally a result of poor patient selection i.e someone with poor quality skin or excess liposuction is required for ideal results. In these cases, a skin tightening procedure, such as a tummy tuck, is more appropriate.

Liposuction is not a weight loss surgery and we pride ourselves on only liposucking small amounts for body contouring. Beware any practises promising to use liposuction as a weight loss tool.

Liposuction surgery should be a relatively pain-free experience. At Re., we perform all liposuction at an accredited hospital with a qualified anaesthetist and infiltrate the area with local anaesthetic so you shouldn’t feel a thing. You will most likely be a bit tender for a few days after surgery but should be back to normal activities after a couple of weeks.
Technically, the fat cells removed with liposuction will not return so, as long as you maintain your weight, results should be long lasting. However, it’s natural for skin to lose some firmness with ageing and if you gain weight after liposuction, your fat distribution may change.
Scarring from liposuction alone will be minimal, a small line about the size of a freckle. In most cases, a scar this size will fade slowly over the next six months and will be largely unnoticeable.

Liposuction is billed on an hourly basis of $5,500 per hour. This includes your implants, follow up appointments, post-operative garment, silicone tape, gel, two scar treatments and a complimentary PT consultation to assist your recovery.

In addition to this, there are anaesthetist fees of $700 per hour and additional hospital fees. A more detailed and complete quote will be provided at your initial consult, with the relevant hospital providing their fees 24-48 hours after your appointment.

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