Liposuction Body Contouring Surgical Procedure by Dr Patrick Briggs

Liposuction – Liposculpture Melbourne | Dr Patrick Briggs

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure that removes fat from targeted areas such as abdomen, love handles, arms, buttocks, legs, and even neck. It involves using a suction technique to remove fat pockets from the body, resulting in a more contoured appearance. It can either be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic surgeries. It is not a cure for weight loss but is recommended as a body contouring procedure for stubborn fat pockets.

If you wish to lose weight dramatically, liposuction or as liposculpture is not the right option. You should avoid so-called high volume mega liposuction performed by underqualified doctors.

You may consider weight loss surgery or seek weight loss help – see www.newbodyspecialists.com.au for ideas.

If you have lost a lot of weight and have excess loose sagging skin then body lift surgeries like a tummy tuck or arm lift may help.

Am I the right candidate for Liposuction Body Contouring Surgery?

Am I the Right Candidate for Liposuction?

Liposuction gets rid of stubborn fat pockets that are difficult to get rid through exercise and diet. While it’s a useful treatment, it is not a suitable option for everyone.

If you are looking for body contouring treatments like liposuction, here are some criteria

You’ll need have realistic expectations about the treatment. If you are looking for a contoured body and not just drop weight overnight or get rid of cellulite, this is the right treatment option for you.

You have great skin elasticity. People with thicker skin have good elasticity and tend to show better results with liposuction as they do not have the problem of excess loose skin.

Your weight needs to  stable for at least one year. If your weight keeps on fluctuating, it is advisable to choose liposuction. Rather wait for it to stabilize and then opt for the treatment.

You do not drink or smoke or can quit smoking and drinking for an extended period of time before and after the surgery.

You are already in good health condition, lead a healthy lifestyle and have no chronic illnesses.

Healthy patients are less likely to experience any complications, and will therefore get the best possible outcome.

If you need to reduce fat in specific areas such as love handles, abdomen or any other areas where it is difficult to lose weight then liposuction may help.

Benefits of Liposuction Body Contouring Surgery Melbourne

Benefits of Liposuction

Liposuction comes with many benefits including: 

  • Liposuction enhances the contours of your body beautifully, resulting in a sculpted body.
  • The effects of liposuction are long-lasting. If you have a stable weight, your weight will not increase for years after the procedure.
  • Liposuction can improve your overall health as a result of fat loss.
  • Excessive sweating and chafing will be a problem of the past with liposuction.
  • Unlike many other procedures, patients can see immediate results after liposuction. The swelling after the treatment will be greatly reduced in a day. 
  • It is an option for men who face the problem of man boobs also known as gynecomastia. Through liposuction, they can get rid of excess fat in the chest region.
  • Liposuction can partially and completely remove lipomas in certain areas.
  • Liposuction is an option for patients struggling with lipodystrophy syndrome (a disturbance in fat metabolism which results in rigid fat deposits in some areas while none in others).
  • It encourages patients to lead a healthy lifestyle to maintain the results of liposuction.
  • Liposuction makes shopping much more fun as you can finally say goodbye to bulging seams and look better in your new clothes.

Liposuction Before and After Photos

Visit the clinic to see the real patient photo gallery of Before and After Liposuction surgery photographs, representing typical results our patients get. *Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.

How to prepare for Liposuction Body Contouring Surgery Melbourne

How do I Prepare for Lipoplasty?

During the consultation, Dr Briggs will brief you completely about liposuction and what you need to do prior to the lipo day. The surgeon will most likely ask you about the current medications, supplements you are taking and suggest you alternatives if it doesn’t bode well with the surgery. Generally, he will ask you to stop taking any blood-thinning medications for 2 to 4 weeks prior to the surgery. Dr Briggs might ask you to get a few lab tests done as well. In certain cases, the doctor will ask you to stay overnight. In such a case, make necessary arrangements.

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Take advantage of our FREE GUIDE TO YOUR PROCEDURE that includes resources for plastic surgery patients. They’ll assist with your journey from thinking about having plastic surgery to aftercare and recovery.

If you’d like more information about a particular surgery, please call our surgical support team on 1300 264 811 between 9am – 5am weekdays.

Liposuction Surgery Melbourne Recovery

Recovery after Liposuction Surgery

Post Op Instructions

  • It’s important to follow your post-surgery instructions closely to ensure your a safer recovery process and positive surgery results. Do not smoke!
  • It’s common to have some weight gain due to swelling and the tumescent fluid that was injected. This will resolve over time.

Wearing Post Op Garments

  • The use of a compression garment is often recommended for anywhere from three to six weeks and sometimes longer (sometimes your Surgeon may recommend 8-12 weeks).
  • These garments are beneficial for decreasing the amount of bruising and swelling, and helping loose skin to retract. Some plastic surgeons do not use garments however often the final result is achieved sooner with the use of these garments.

Downtime & Back to Work

  • Most doctors recommend taking at a week off from work and your regular routine. Those who undergo a small amount of lipo may only need a few days.
  • In order to prevent blood clots and discourage swelling, light walking is usually recommended starting the day of surgery.
  • Heavy exercise and other strenuous activities should be avoided for two to three weeks.

Seeing Results of Lipo

You’ll likely see some results immediately after surgery, but swelling and bruising are normal and take weeks to resolve. Some residual swelling may persist for several months.

Most people see final results six months after surgery, but you may continue to see improvements for up to a year.

Healing & Scars after Liposuction

  • Liposuction involves a series of small incisions less than a centimetre long. Just like scarring from any other type of injury, these incisions will go through a maturation process, likely over the course of a year.
  • For the first few months, scars may be red and possibly raised and/or firm.
  • As the scar matures, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable.
  • Some people are prone to hypertrophic scars or keloids which are abnormal scars that become prominent. If you or a blood relative have a tendency for these types of scars, please inform your doctor.
  • Your plastic surgeon may suggest a scar lightening cream, silicone scar sheets, laser treatments, or injections to further minimise the appearance.
  • Use sunscreen and avoid any prolonged exposure to the sun for at least two months, as UV rays can darken the appearance of scars.
Minimising scars from Liposuction Surgery Dr Patrick Briggs

Minimising Scars after Liposuction

It is important to remember that all surgical procedures leave scars, including ‘so-called’ scarless methods.

Experienced plastic surgeons are extremely careful about scar placement and minimisation, with surgical scars generally fading over time with most scars being barely visible after 12 months.

We will arrange weekly post-op appointments with our specialist nursing team after your procedure to ensure everything is healing well and to monitor your progress.

You will see your surgeon and/or nurse and/or dermal team about six to eight weeks later for a scar consultation and organise scar minimisation treatments.

The Coco Ruby dermal team conducts a series of follow-up scar treatments using a customised selection of Skin Needling, Healite II LED and massaging with oils,  Fraxel Laser, V-Laser, Silicone strips & gels and Steroids can also help minimise scars. Ask the Coco Ruby Team!

Note – The length of your recovery period will depend on your procedure and your health and lifestyle factors. Recovery times can vary from person to person – resting helps healing.

Please avoid subjecting your incision to abrasion or excessive stresses during the recovery period.

Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction Surgery Melbourne

Frequently Asked Questions about Liposuction

How much does it cost to get liposuction on your stomach?

  • It will cost anywhere between $3,000 – 5,000 per hour to get a liposuction done. The price can vary from place to place and surgeon to surgeon. You will pay a higher price for a more experienced plastic surgeon and having the procedure done in hospital. A lower price may be a less experienced doctor doing the procedure in a back room of a clinic.

How much weight can you lose with liposuction?

  • It is important to realize that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure; it is a body contouring procedure. However, you will most likely lose 1kg to 5kg as a result of liposuction depending on how much lipoaspirate is removed.

Is liposuction a good idea?

  • It is a good idea if you need it and you are the right candidate. Liposuction gets rid of rigid fat deposits which are difficult to get rid of through diet and exercise. It is unlikely that the fat cells will regrow in that area so the local fat loss is semi-permanent.

Does the fat come back after lipo?

  • Once the fat is removed from a particular area through liposuction, it will not grow back as there are fewer fat cells in the treated area of your body as long as you maintain a steady weight.

How long will liposuction last?

  • The results of liposuction are permanent as long as you maintain your weight. It is advised to continue living a healthy lifestyle.

Can you get liposuction on your belly?

  • Yes, liposuction can be done on the belly or abdomen. In fact, it is one of the most commonly treated areas for liposuction.

What is the best surgery for belly fat?

  • Liposuction is the best option for removing fat from your belly. However, if you have excess skin, you can opt for a tummy tuck.

How is liposuction done on stomach?

  • The process is the same as it is with any other body part. The procedure steps will remain the same regardless of the targeted area.

How painful is liposuction?

  • Liposuction is done under anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, you will feel some pain after liposuction but it can be controlled through pain relievers.

Which is better liposuction or tummy tuck?

  • No procedure is better than the other. These two are equally good procedures which are used for different reasons. A tummy tuck removes excess skin while liposuction gets rid of excess fat deposits.

Does Lipo leave scars?

  • Well, liposuction will leave a few small scars as incisions are made to extract fat. However, these scars will fade over time if you follow all the post-operative recovery instructions.

Can liposuction remove more than 5kg+ ?

  • Liposuction is a body contouring procedure. Removing more than 5 kgs of fat through mega- liposuction is certainly not advisable and can be dangerous.

Does arm liposuction work?

  • Yes, it works and is a possible solution for flabby arms. Some people genetically have more fat on their arms than the rest of their bodies and liposuction is one way to get rid of fat arms. For many patients, arm liposuction can remove fat but leaves excess skin which then requires an arm lift and skin excision to remedy.

Do I need a tummy tuck or just exercise?

  • Well, everybody needs exercise for overall good health. However, if you have excess skin on your tummy, you simply cannot get rid of it by exercising and it will require a tummy tuck.

What can you not do after liposuction?

  • You just have to follow the specific instructions of your surgeon during the recovery period and can return back to your normal lifestyle after you have healed.

How long after lipo can you see results?

  • You can see the results, a day after liposuction. However, the results continue to improve as the swelling goes down. Swelling can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to completely recover.

Do you have to lose weight before getting liposuction?

  • You should have a stable weight for at least one year. If you still plan to lose weight or your weight keeps on fluctuating, it is advised to stabilize your weight before getting liposuction done.
Cost of Liposuction Body Contouring Surgery in Melbourne Dr Patrick Briggs

 How much is Liposuction in Melbourne? Prices & Costs

Many Liposuction patients ask about the price and whether the procedure is covered by Medicare or Private health Insurance.

All procedures are individualized and customised to achieve the ideal results for you and your excess fat concerns. For this reason, it is hard to determine an exact price that would be valid for a liposuction patient without a consultation first.

During the consultation, Dr Briggs will talk to you about your wishes, possibilities, and expectations that you have from plastic surgery. You will also receive a specific quote for your operation after the consultation.

If you need more information, visit our pricing page to learn more about payment, approximate prices, payment methods, and more.

Funding Liposuction – Medicare, Payment Plans and Super

Some Liposuctionprocedures may be eligible for Medicare.

Purely cosmetic Liposuction procedures are usually NOT covered by Medicare or private health insurance so you must fund the cost of the surgery yourself.

Many patients ask about payment options and medical finance – You can learn more about payment options for funding your Liposuction procedure on our Funding Surgery page here.

Your super fund may also be able to help pay for your procedure in certain circumstances – visit the Super for Surgery page to find out about early release of super on compassionate grounds.

How to find the best Liposuction Specialist Surgeon in Melbourne

How to find the best Liposuction surgeon in Melbourne

Your surgical results will depend on the surgeon you choose. Since liposuction is a major procedure, you’ll need a top liposuction plastic surgeon. A reputable liposuction surgeon has the following qualities:

  • A Specialist Plastic Surgeon who is a Member of ASPS5 star online reviews from patients.
  • Extensive experience in different types of liposuction.
  • Patient Before and After Photos .
  • Empathy and caring with recovery and aftercare.
  • A great support team with long term follow up.
Risks and Complications Liposuction Surgery Dr Patrick Briggs

Risks and complications of Liposuction

All surgery incurs risks. like all invasive surgery. Your Surgeon will make you aware of potential complications during your consultation. This includes general anaesthesia, bleeding (Haematoma), infection, wound healing, deep vein thrombosis, scarring and numbness. Always stay informed and healthy, do not smoke before or after your procedure and read and understand your risks.

Liposuction Body Contouring Surgical Procedure Dr Patrick Briggs

Liposuction Journey

What to Expect Before the Procedure?

Before starting liposuction, Dr Briggs will mark the areas of your body which are to be treated. The markings are made in the form of circles and lines. Afterwards, your surgeon will take photographs for ‘before and after’ comparison purposes.

What to Expect During the Procedure?

What happens during the procedure will depend on the technique used for liposuction, the treated area and expected result. Let’s have a look at a few of the most commonly used techniques:

Tumescent liposuction -It is the most commonly used liposuction. The surgeon will inject a sterile solution into the treated area. The solution is made up of a mixture of salt and water, an anesthetic to eliminate pain, and epinephrine. This mixture causes the marked area to swell and stiffen up afterwards.

Once the above process is done, your surgeon will create tiny cuts into your skin and insert a cannula under your skin. This cannula is used to suck out the fat and is connected to a vacuum. The body fluid will be replenished with an IV line during the process.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) – UAL is often used with the traditional lipo. During UAL, the surgeon uses a metal rod which will emit out ultrasonic energy under your skin. This UAL will rupture the fat cells, which results in easier fat removal.

Laser-Assisted liposuction (LAL) – This technique involves a high-intensity laser light for breaking down rigid fat deposits. A surgeon will insert a laser fibre underneath your skin to emulsify fat deposits which are then removed with the help of a cannula. 

Power-Assisted liposuction (PAL) – During PAL, a cannula which moves in a back and forth motion will be used. This rapid motion is extremely helpful for fat removal. It makes the entire process easier and quicker. Many surgeons use Micro-Aire Power assisted Liposuction.

Now, coming down to the actual procedure; the surgeon will begin the procedure will begin by administering anesthesia. Your surgeon will either opt for general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used will depend on the area to be treated. Once, this process is done, the surgeon will continue with the technique of choice as listed above. During the entire process, your heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure will be monitored constantly. The procedure can last from a few to several hours depending on the extent of fat removal. If the doctor has given you general anesthesia, you will wake up in a recovery room where you’ll spend a night before leaving for home.

What to Expect After the Procedure?

After the procedure you will experience swelling in the treated region. Some patients also experience extreme bruising but it will fade away in a few weeks.

Your surgeon will give you pain relievers to eliminate pain. You will also be given a handful of antibiotics to minimize the risk of infection. Some of your incisions might be left open to promote fluid drainage. You will also be advised due to wear a compression garment for a few weeks after the surgery to reduce swelling. You will be advised to rest for a period of 6 to 8 weeks after the surgery.

Commonly combined Body Contouring procedures Dr Patrick Briggs

Commonly combined /associated surgery

A Liposuction can be performed on its own or in combination with other surgical procedures such as abdominoplasty or a reduction mammoplasty in order to get a more natural result. Liposuction can also be performed with a procedure on another part of the body – for example breast and tummy surgery is commonly combined as a Mummy Makeover.

As a guide it is best not to exceed a total of 4-6 hours of surgery and also to work on associated parts of the breast, body or face. See the BLOG on Combining Different Surgeries.

Dr Patrick Briggs Specialist Plastic Surgeon

Dr Patrick Briggs
FRCS (Plas)

Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Clinic in Melbourne

Dr Patrick Briggs is a Specialist Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon and his team are dedicated to excellence in patient care and are committed to treating each and every patient with respect and privacy.

Dr Patrick Briggs offers high quality, natural-looking plastic and cosmetic surgery results and is experienced in Breast, Body and Face Surgery having performed over 4500 Surgeries in private practice. Dr Patrick Briggs is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men and women.

How can we help?

Dr Briggs’ Patient Coordinators take pleasure in assisting you with any questions when considering a plastic surgery procedure. Please call the Hawthorn East clinic in Melbourne between 8 am – 6 pm on Weekdays.

Phone 1300 264 811Email us or Book a free 15-minute Call with Dr Patrick Briggs’s team.

What Next?

Want more information about your Procedure?

  • For more information about pricing and payment methods, please visit our page on Surgery Payment options.
  • Talk to our Patient Care Team from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday on 1300 264 811.
Dr Patrick Briggs consultation

What to Bring to Your Consultation

  • If you like, please bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices.
  • Take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents your surgeon provides.
  • You may need to undress so it’s a good idea to wear simple clothes.

How to Book a Consultation

  • Dr Briggs Consultation fee is $300.
  • A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential. However,
  • To claim any Medicare or Health Insurance you will need a referral.
  • Please contact the Patient Care Team at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery today to book your consultation.

*Disclaimer: Individual results can vary significantly from patient to patient. The information we provide is general.  For further information on what to expect for your preferred procedures, arrange to see one of our Specialist Plastic Surgeons for a full history and surgical consultation.