Dr Anne Collins Cosmetic Surgeon

Liposuction

Liposuction
Liposuction continues to be a very popular cosmetic procedure because of its short recovery period, carefully-concealed scars and low risk nature.

A frequent complaint from patients is the persistence of stubborn pockets of fat around the body, despite an appropriate diet and exercise programme. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that addresses this.

Performed under general anaesthetic, liposuction utilises a suction technique to remove unwanted fat from common problem spots including the abdomen, flanks or love handles, thighs, buttocks and arms. Liposculpture or targeted liposuction is a useful treatment modality for double chins, where particular attention is paid to re-contouring, with the goal of producing a smoother, elongated, more attractive neck.

Liposuction continues to be a very popular cosmetic procedure because of its short recovery period, carefully-concealed scars and low risk nature. It produces dramatic results faster than non-invasive alternatives can.

FAQs

Liposuction is a body contouring rather than a weight loss procedure. As such, you will get the best results if you have lost any unwanted weight prior to the surgery and have achieved a stable weight, in your ideal, healthy weight range. Maintain your diet and exercise programme. It is absolutely imperative that you have stopped smoking for at least 3 months prior to your surgery. Smoking has catastrophic effects on wound healing and greatly increases your risk of complications in general.

Liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic and the duration will be determined by the complexity of your surgery. In most cases, this ranges from 1 to 3 hours. It usually involves a 1 night stay in hospital.

You will need to keep your wounds clean and dry for the first 48 hours. Bruising and swelling are common post-operatively and the best results are achieved by wearing a supportive garment for 6 weeks. Your return to work will be determined by the extent of your surgery and what type of job you do. In general, most patients require 1-2 weeks off post-operatively, sometimes longer if your job is more physically demanding.

Ideally, begin walking early in the post-operative period. After 2 to 3 weeks, you can resume gentle exercise. Resistance exercises, that do not affect the area of your body that was treated surgically, can be restarted 2-3 weeks post-operatively. After 6 weeks, you can include higher impact activities like running. A combination of a healthy diet and an appropriate exercise programme will help you achieve your best results after liposuction surgery.

After your consultation, Dr Collins will provide you with an estimate which will include hospital and anaesthetic costs in addition to the surgical fee. The total cost will be determined by the complexity of your surgery. This usually ranges from $7,500 to $14,5000. Additional, simultaneous procedures will incur additional costs.

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