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Liposuction FAQs

Liposuction FAQs

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Dr Lanzer and his staff get many questions about liposuction every day. To ensure patients can get their questions answered before coming in for their appointment, Dr Lanzer has compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions. So, if you are interested in liposuction and Dr Lanzer’s career overall, please read the information provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic below.

How Did You Get into Liposculpture?

In 1992 I convened the first workshop in Australia on the new Liposculpture procedure called Tumescent Liposculpture. I found the Liposculpture procedure to be very exciting and dramatic.

How did you come to be interviewed on television presenting on Liposculpture so many times?

The media heard about the liposculpture conference and asked me to present it on national television. A patient who had undergone the liposculpture also came on television to explain this new procedure. What followed was a tremendous interest in the liposculpture treatment. So, many other television programs asked me to present about this new and exciting breakthrough in cosmetic surgery. Later, I wrote a weekly column for New Idea magazine on liposculpture and laser surgery.

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All our cosmetic surgery procedures are performed in Dr Lanzer’s state-of-the-art Day Surgery Centre in Malvern. His facility is ISO accredited in safety and quality in healthcare, this is an international standard of excellence which follows strict coherence to policies and procedures; this also applies to operating theatres, which ensures patients gets the safest surgical environment.

Dr Lanzer has spent years to ensure that his Day Surgery Hospital meets the highest standard possible. This facility is equipped with the most modern and advanced technology on the market today.

What to look for when choosing the right Liposuction Surgeon?

When choosing a liposculpture surgeon, ensure they are appropriately trained. Dr Daniel Lanzer MB BS (Hons) FACD is a specialist qualified dermatologist who has participated in many of the advancements in cosmetic surgery in Australia and the world, especially those related to liposculpture. He has also organised many conferences helping to advance the surgical skills of other surgeons.

Dr Lanzer has performed over 10,000 liposculpture procedures alone. He is a recognised national and international surgeon, but also a leading specialist in liposuction and liposculpture.  He still writes columns in women’s magazines and appeared over 100 times on television and in various media publications.

Can people have Liposculpture from interstate?

Yes, we specialise in patients who travel from interstate for liposculpture. We offer a private taxi service and after the Liposculpture procedure we can transport patients to an aftercare centre. Since the introduction of cheaper flight tickets and the internet as a communication medium, Dr Lanzer can initially consult you over email, phone, and skype. He can access a pre or post photograph and access what could be achieved.

Liposuction FAQs

Can Liposculpture be combined with other procedures?

Often patients have other procedures at the same time as the Liposculpture. This may include face laser resurfacing, laser for wrinkles, lifting of facial skin, and laser eyelid surgery.

Why Choose Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is a surgical technique to reduce unwanted fat. Some people have concerns of localised areas of fat that are not representative to diet and exercise. These areas can be treated with liposculpture. Therefore, liposculpture has become the most common surgical procedure performed by Dr Lanzer.

Dr Lanzer used his extensive experience to assess safety issues of liposuction. He then applied the liposculpture method on overweight patients, which turned into the “mega liposculpture” treatment. Later, Dr Lanzer used liposculpture for breast reduction and helped to introduce this technique to the rest of the world.

Has Dr Lanzer spoken at conferences on Liposculpture?

Yes, Dr Lanzer has presented his experience worldwide. Aside from the Australian College meetings, Dr Lanzer has done presentations for the American Academy of Dermatologists and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgeons. There has been interest in his liposculpture safety work, his mega liposculpture results, and breast reduction by the liposculpture procedure.

Can you tell me some basic facts about Liposculpture?

To understand liposculpture, you need to know some basic facts about fat and its body distribution. Fat cells are located beneath the skin in virtually all areas of the body. These fat cells function as a storage facility for the excess calories we consume, and which are converted to body fat as insulation, to allow free movement between the muscles and skin, and other important functions.

In the adult, there appears to be a fixed number of fat cells. It is believed that once puberty has been reached, no new fat cells develop. These fat cells either swell or shrink in size paralleling weight gain and loss.

When the fat cells are removed from a treated area, they do not regenerate. For most adults, these fat cells create bulges in various body parts that will never completely disappear with any amount of dieting or exercise. One of the causes of this phenomenon is a genetic component.

Fatty deposits tend to be passed down from generation to generation. Once fat cells accumulate in the body, unless they are surgically removed, they are there for life swelling or growing with weight increase or shrinking with weight loss. For men, the bulges most commonly form around the waistline and chest. For women, it is the tummy, hips and thighs. However, if a person puts on weight after liposculpture, it usually returns to other areas first and then the area that has been treated with liposculpture.

Is there weight loss?

Patients may not necessarily lose weight, but just change shape. When used as a kick-start to a new lifestyle, which is the case for mega liposculpture, dramatic weight loss may occur.

Dr Daniel Lanzer offers a face-to-face consult with his clinical dietitian Mark Surdut to maintain your results after the treatment. By combining a healthy lifestyle with liposuction, one can enhance the results.

Can Liposuction/Liposculpture be used instead of going on a diet?

Liposculpture is not a procedure for losing weight but is used for re-modelling the body and eliminating accumulations of fat. The fat does not weigh much. Even after removing a considerable amount, you may only lose a few kilograms.

Who is a candidate for Liposculpture?

Most men and women who have areas of concern and cannot seem to get rid of the excess fat on their own, are potential candidates for liposculpture. This even applies to people who are exercising three to four times a week.

What areas of the body are treated by Liposculpture Surgery?

Body contouring through liposculpture surgery (fat removal) can be performed in areas such as the chin, neck, abdomen, waistline, hips, buttocks, thighs and knees. Before the liposculpture, Dr Lanzer will draw on the skin, showing the areas where the fat will be removed.

What is superficial liposculpture

Dr Daniel Lanzer uses a technique to remove all the fat under the skin, thereby causing a tremendous skin retraction. This method is often used to produce an athletic appearance.

How is facial Liposculpture done?

In facial liposculpture, a fat extractor of a certain size is passed underneath the skin to remove the fat in the chin, neck, jowls areas. Following the fat removal, compression is applied to assist in contouring. Because of particularly rapid healing in this area, a patient could be out and about within a few days following the procedure.

Dr Lanzer has shown that the liposculpture method also induces skin retraction, so that drooping necks can be retracted and lifted with liposculpture alone and no facelift surgery. Dr Lanzer often combines face liposculpture with the suture lift.

Is Liposculpture a Solution for Lipomas and Excessive Sweating?

Liposculpture can be used to reduce sweating from under the arms. The procedure takes about thirty minutes and usually returns sweating levels to the normal range. The results may be long lasting. It also can assist to remove fat lumps called lipomas.


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When can I resume work?

You can generally resume work within one week. Occasionally, patients get back to work within two days. You should not resume heavy exercise for two weeks, depending on the guidelines you receive from the Dr Lanzer Clinic.

We must mention that it is impossible to provide patients with an exact time for their recovery. Every patient heals in his or her own time, so this is something that must be considered before any surgical procedure.

To ensure you recover properly, we recommend taking plenty of time to heal. The Dr Lanzer Clinic can provide you with a detailed plan for your recovery, which his filled with instructions patients must follow. Patients must also attend the follow-up appointments at the Dr Lanzer Clinic.

Do I need to take any medications?

You will need to take a course of antibiotics to guard against infection, they commence the day before the procedure. Some patients may receive some pain management medication, although any pain experienced after procedures could be managed with over-the-counter medication.

Where are the incisions placed?

Small incisions (or nicks) for liposculpture are made to insert the cannula to extract the fat. These incisions are around the areas where the fat is to be removed. As the incisions are small. Dr Lanzer does not suture them. They heal on their own.

What will happen to the excess skin from Liposculpture?

Skin is a dynamic organ, which has elasticity and can shrink and re-adapt to the new body contour. Dr Lanzer’s advanced sculpturing technique enhances the ability of even poor-quality skin to shrink surprisingly well after liposculpture.

Is there an age limit on whom Liposculpture can be performed?

No. Dr Lanzer has performed liposculpture on patients of all ages from early twenties to late eighties. Even though age is no limit to acquire liposuction, patients must be in good health to obtain the procedure. Therefore, patients will need to be evaluated by Dr Lanzer before their liposuction procedure takes place.

Is there a weight limit for Liposculpture?

Dr Lanzer is very careful in assessing whom liposculpture is suitable for. Liposculpture should be used as a kick-start to manage a healthy lifestyle. It is a body shaping or sculpturing procedure, used to shape and sculpt their bodies. This procedure often serves to motivate the frustrated individual to make important changes in their lifestyle. Mega liposculpture is performed on patients between 80-130 kilograms in weight.

What Does Liposculpture Cost?

Liposculpture is a personal and individual procedure for every person, dependent on your body and your situation. Dr Lanzer offers a free no obligation cosmetic consultation and relevant surgery costs will be advised during this process.

Do I need to be asleep during surgery?

The procedure can be performed whilst lightly asleep (general anaesthetic) or awake (local anaesthetic).

Dr Lanzer will discuss both options. If you will be asleep, then you will meet Dr Lanzer’s anaesthetist, who has worked with him for over fifteen years. Dr Lanzer and his anaesthetist performed many thousands of procedures together.

How long does the procedure take?

Dr Lanzer has refined his technique with his experience with thousands of cases. For most patients, liposculpture will be complete in one hour. When performed under local anaesthetic, the procedure generally takes longer as we need to allow time for the fat to become numb.

Is it painful?

If a patient has a general anaesthetic, there is no pain during surgery. However, there is normally some tenderness or pain after the surgery. Dr Lanzer prescribes panadeine forte following surgery.

Post-operative pain usually subsides within the first few days after your procedure. Panadol may be taken – (no aspirin allowed). If you choose local anaesthesia by itself, it is possible that some areas, particularly on the edges, may be sore. If a patient has many areas treated while under a local anaesthetic, there is more risk of feeling some pain, as the local will need to be diluted to cover all areas.

What happens after the operation and will I have any dressings?

Ice should be applied for the first twenty-four hours after surgery, over the top of your compression garment whilst awake (twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off).

You will have dressings on the treated areas and there will be expected oozing of liquid for about twenty-four hours directly following the procedure. Our staff will remove these dressings for you the following day. A firm garment such as a girdle, liposuction garment, or gym shorts are worn after liposuction. Ideally, they should be worn continuously for two weeks after the procedure, and then for half the time for a further two weeks. Dr Lanzer’s staff will arrange the appropriate garments for you.

What happens after Liposculpture surgery?

You may be sore initially and Dr Lanzer usually prescribes panadeine forte tablets. During the first 24 hours there is some leaking of the fluid that was used during the procedure, so it may be wet. A compression garment is worn for the specified time.

The antibiotics that you started the night before the procedure should be continued for a few days. Exercise can generally commence two weeks post liposculpture. Dr Lanzer will arrange a follow-up appointment the next day to check on you and another follow-up appointment one week later. After this appointment, patients will be expected back for another follow-up one month later. Sometimes Dr Lanzer suggests other treatments like the Velashape or the freeze to help tighten the skin, as this can assist to remove any deep bruising.

What problems could I experience after surgery?

Complications with the early methods included excessive bruising, swelling and pain. With the newer techniques, bruising and swelling is reduced, but can range from none to marked, and generally subside within the first couple of weeks.

Occasionally, patients develop a temporary deep bruise under the skin, especially on the stomach or neck, which can be removed by massage. Weeping of fluid from the incision sites should be expected to last two days – this is normal. Numbness is usually temporary. This information is also found on the consent form provided by the Dr Lanzer Clinic.

How long is the recovery period?

Recovery can vary between patients. It is common for people to take a week off from work. Some bruising occurs, and some soreness may be present.

Patients wear special compression garments that are arranged via Dr Lanzer’s dietician Mark Sudut. You need to wear the pressure garment full-time for two weeks. Then, reduce it to half for the next two weeks. This controls swelling and helps the skin to shrink. The garment can be worn under normal clothing.

With the Dr Lanzer’s liposculpture technique, results can be apparent immediately. However, shrinkage and improvement continue for months.

Exercise may begin two weeks after surgery. Patients are encouraged to stay as active as possible during the recovery period and work with Dr Lanzer’s medical n nutritionist to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Fluid will come out of the small nicks during the first twenty-four hours. Absorbent dressings will be applied to these areas underneath your compression garment. Our staff will remove the dressings for you after twenty-four hours. It is helpful to apply ice over the top of the garment and padding for the first twenty-four hours (twenty minutes on and twenty minutes off) when possible as this will assist to reduce swelling.

How long do the effects of the liposuction Melbourne last?

The effects are generally long-lasting. However, if you put weight on later, the fat cells can return in that area, although the fat tends to accumulate in other areas first.

Many patients find that liposculpture is a psychological boost that gives them more incentive to lose weight and, in some patients, weight loss seems easier post-liposculpture.

Are there any risks?

As with any surgery, there are risks. Infection is the most serious risk, but is rare due to the antiseptic tumescent fluid, pre-operative antibiotics and sterilisation techniques. Loose skin, temporary numbness and irregularities may occur.

Can the fat be reused?

Yes, fat can be injected into body depressions, facial wrinkles & facial prominence (For example: cheeks and lips, backs of the hands, and to the breast, allowing a natural implant).

Fat obtained during a procedure can be stored in the cosmetic fat bank, which is owned and operated by the Dr Lanzer Clinic. For more information about this fat bank, please refer to the information on our website or contact the Dr Lanzer medical team.

Can Skin Sag After Fat Removal?

For this reason, Dr Daniel Lanzer prefers liposculpture. Superficial liposculpture can improve the skin as well as reshape the body. The skin contracts because many holes are made in the fat by the procedure, which then contract and stick together.

Is Wearing a Compression Bandage After Surgery Obligated?

We recommend that you wear a compression garment as this is useful for reducing bruising and swelling; therefore, decreasing the risk of post -operative complications. The garment also helps retract the skin back.

All photographs represent one person’s experience, and results may vary for each patient. All photographs are of actual patients of Dr Lanzer. The visible change in these photographs has occurred because of the procedure/s undertaken. Best results are obtained when the procedure is combined with a balanced diet and exercise.

Overall, ideal candidates for liposuction (including breast reduction) will possess a healthy weight, stable psychological state, have skin with firmness and elasticity, and desire to reshape localised areas of the body.


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