Your Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction Answered!
Your Frequently Asked Questions About Liposuction Answered!
Liposuction is probably one of the most common cosmetic procedures in Australia and the rest of the world. Of course, this does not mean patients should not inform themselves about the procedure before they have it done.
To help you get some questions answered before you come to the Dr Lanzer Clinic for your first consultation, we have listed frequently asked questions regarding liposuction below.
What Is Tumescent Liposuction?
When the surgeon speaks about tumescent liposuction, he is referring to a specific technique that is used to execute a liposuction treatment. It involves the use of a tumescent local anaesthetic, which is used in the treatment area. The use of the solution also enables the patients to have this treatment under a local anaesthetic as well as a general anaesthetic.
What Is a Compression Garment?
Most patients who get a liposuction will be required to wear a compression garment. An elastic compression garment has numerous functions post-procedure. Firstly, it can reduce some of the bleeding and swelling that can be experienced after surgery, promoting the patient’s natural healing process. In most cases, the compression garment also helps the body conform to its new shape.
What Is the Cost of a Liposuction Procedure?
The cost of liposuction can vary greatly, especially when there are so many factors that could influence the price. The surgeon and the clinic you choose can influence the price, but so could the size of the treatment area and the amount of fat to be removed.
Since many factors can influence the cost of a liposuction procedure, it is always recommended to get your estimate from the cosmetic surgery you choose. The estimate will be more accurate than any estimations you will find online, since each liposuction procedure is tailored to the needs of the individual.
Could I Be a Good Candidate for a Liposuction Procedure?
Patients who struggle with persistent fat deposits that will not go away despite a balanced diet and plenty of exercise are usually good candidates for liposuction. The patient must also be in good health and have realistic expectations about the procedure. These factors will be evaluated during your initial consultation with the cosmetic surgery.
We must stress that the surgical removal of fat cells is not a suitable weight loss solution. Procedures such as liposculpture, the tummy tuck and similar forms of cosmetic surgery are meant to tackle persistent fat deposits and not cause a reduction in weight. In fact, most patients will weigh the same after excess fat has been removed from certain areas.
During liposuction procedures, the cosmetic surgery can remove excess skin and stubborn fat from the desired area. Common areas where fat removal can take place include the upper arms, lower abdomen, inner thighs, outer thighs and the breasts.
Fat is often removed from the breasts during a breast augmentation procedure or gynaecomastia treatment. By doing so, the cosmetic surgery can reduce the size of the breasts and therefore reduce the discomfort associated with them. So, ideal candidates for liposuction can also be found among those looking to obtain a breast reduction.
It is also important to know that liposuction and body contouring treatments are not suitable for the treatment of cellulite. If you wish to treat cellulite, please look at the other appropriate procedures at the Dr Lanzer Clinic or contact your health practitioner for further advice.
For some patients, additional skin tightening treatments may be needed after their treatment. If a patient solely has liposuction and not a full abdominoplasty, there can be some wrinkling of the skin. In mild cases, this can be tackled with a non-surgical day procedure at the clinic.
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What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with a Liposuction Procedure?
Liposuction procedures can be executed on almost all parts of the body. Of course, there are areas that are more common than others when it comes to the execution of liposuction. Common areas where this procedure is performed include the abdomen, breasts, hips, thighs, neck, and buttocks.
What Qualifications Does My Cosmetic Surgeon Need to Have?
A good cosmetic surgery will have enjoyed special training in liposuction techniques; this does not only include the older techniques, but also new advancements such as tumescent liposuction or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Most surgeons will place their experience on their website, so you can easily check the qualifications of your surgeon before you go to your consultation.
How Long Do I Need to Recover After a Liposuction Procedure?
Much like the cost of liposuction procedures, the recovery time of liposuction procedures is variable. The larger the treatment area, or the more areas are treated with liposuction during a single procedure, the longer the recovery time for the patient.
Of course, each individual is unique; this also influences the overall recovery time after liposuction. Some patients heal faster than the average estimate, while other patients need a little more time to recuperate.
When it comes to recovering from a surgical procedure, it is better to listen to your body and the recommendations of your cosmetic surgery than to stick to an estimated timeframe. So, if you need a little longer to recover, be sure to take the extra time.
Can Liposuction Procedures Cause Complication?
As is the case with all cosmetic procedures, liposuction can cause complications in rare cases. Even though the procedure is relatively safe, there is always a risk in a procedure where surgery is involved. Some of the complications that can occur as a result of liposuction include infections, bleeding, skin ulcerations, and nerve injuries.
To ensure patients fully understand the risks – and that they understand the symptoms of complications – patients will be required to sign a consent form before the procedure takes place. If you should have additional questions about complications and risks, always speak to your cosmetic surgery before the procedure starts.
Where Can I Go with Additional Questions About Liposuction?
Patients who have more questions about liposuction are more than welcome to contact the Dr Lanzer Clinic for more information. They can find more information on our website, which includes several information pages on liposuction as well as before and after photographs. Alternatively, patients can contact our clinic via telephone, email, or the website contact form and obtain more information in this manner.