Why would I consider liposuction?

Liposuction, or liposculpture, is a cosmetic, surgical procedure to remove areas of fat from the body, thereby reshaping the body. The surgery is not trivial (as some marketing programs may suggest). It is also not a method of weight reduction and should be considered as body re-contouring surgery rather than weight reduction surgery.

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Who benefits?

If you are not significantly overweight but have areas on your body which are disproportionately larger than other areas, you would be a good candidate to consider liposuction.
Common areas that are treated include the abdomen, buttocks, thighs (inner and outer), inner knees, hips, neck / chin and arms.

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How is it done?

I am often asked if there is a significant difference between liposuction and liposculpture. The answer is quite simply no. Liposculpture is simply a marketing term for liposuction.

We offer two types of liposuction / liposculpture:

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What can I expect?

You are typically admitted on the day of surgery having fasted from the night before.

Liposuction is typically either performed with a consultant specialist anaesthetist providing a light general anaesthetic.

Small areas only can be done under pure local anaesthetic, as day surgery. More extensive liposuction typically requires at least an overnight/short hospital stay.

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How long does it take to recover?

Recovery time is in the order of a few days to week or two depending on the extent of the surgery. Clearly the less that is done, the quicker the recovery.

Post-operatively, liposuction can be quite uncomfortable initially and strong oral painkillers are provided upon discharge.

A pressure garment is worn for one month following the surgery and two pressure garments are provided to facilitate this.

We use massage following liposuction (similar to a deep but gentle tissue massage) to decrease the incidence of irregularities.

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What complications can occur?

Although every endeavour is made to avoid complications, sometimes they do occur and it does not necessarily imply an error has occured. Complications do not necessarily imply an error has occurred, they can be related to the anaesthetic or the surgery.

Surgical complications can include: bleeding and bruising, swelling and infection. Others include temporary skin numbness and hypersensitivity, skin irregularities, asymmetry and skin looseness.

Although this list indicates some examples of complications, surgery should not be undertaken until this has been discussed fully with the surgeon.

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What other procedures are often performed at the same time?

Liposuction itself can be used as a sole technique or it can be used to compliment other procedures, ie:

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What does it cost and will private insurance help?

Exact costing is highly variable depending on your history and circumstances, the hospital used and specifics of the procedure.

Some private health insurance companies in Australia will assist with bed and theatre fees even on purely cosmetic procedures.

If a procedure can be given an item number then rebates may apply.

A cost guide can be requested from my office on +61 8 9485 1333, some of the individual cost factors can be estimated with more information. Alternatively, we can be emailed at

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Where can I get more information?

If you have specific questions, or wish more information on specific procedures, please don"t hesitate to contact my office for a complimentary appointment with my nurse / patient liaison officer.

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Clinical Photographs

Anterior Neck

Pre-operative Liposuction, Anterior Neck Post-operative Liposuction, Anterior Neck

Pre-operative and Post-operative