It is definitely better to be as thin as possible as this will make the procedure safer. When removing less fat and mostly skin, there is less risk of bruising, swelling, bleeding and seroma which is the collection of fluid. Sometime, I will encourage patients to lose weight for a month or 2 and see our specialist nutritional dietitian and then go ahead with the procedure.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LIPO TUCK AND A TUMMY TUCK?
Lipo tuck combines tumescent liposuction which is filling the fat with lots of fluid. It numbs and softens the fat and liposuction has a long history of avoiding bleeding. This makes it a procedure that tends to be safer. There is a study that looked at lipo tuck and it seems to indicate that the risks are less. The only more common risk may be seroma where fluid collects which requires a small incision to drain the fluid.
The other advantage I find for lipo tuck is that I can perform it as an outpatient. Patients do not need to be admitted to the hospital. They can go home on that day. Patients do have a small drain tube for approximately a week.
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT FOLLOWING A LIPO TUCK?
A large amount of tissue is excised and that tissue does weigh quite a bit so therefore, the patients may feel lighter. However, in proportion, a patient is not going to lose many kilos from either liposuction or lipo tuck. This comes with general fat loss, where the fat disappears from deeper tissues such as in the muscle.
WHEN CAN I START EXERCISE AFTER A LIPO TUCK?
Patients can start exercise 2-3 weeks after the procedure.
WILL I SEE DR. LANZER AFTER MY LIPO TUCK?
Yes, Dr. Lanzer is known for being hands-on. He likes to see his patients very frequently. He would see a patient the next day, after a couple of days, a week later and every few months. All these after-care appointments are totally covered by the initial outlay. Dr. Lanzer also gives his personal pager number so that he can be reached at any time. Dr. Lanzer feels it is very important that patients have the security, they know that the specialist has a lot of experience, is contactable, and there to support them after surgery.
HOW SAFE IS LIPO TUCK?
Lipo tuck is relatively safe. However, all invasive procedures, particularly a tuck, do have significant risks. The most serious risk would be bleeding and clots which can occur in the legs which can be particularly serious if they spread to the lungs. A procedure such as a lipo tuck needs to be taken seriously. Dr. Lanzer encourages patients to see him twice and also speak to his dietitian, his nurses, and a psychologist to make sure that they are doing it for the right reason.
WHERE WOULD THE LIPO TUCK BE PERFORMED?
Lipo tuck is performed in Dr. Lanzer’s state-of-the-art Day Surgery Centre in Malvern.
Dr. Lanzer also has a surgery center in Pitt Street in Sydney where he performs procedures.
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Surgical Warning: Every form of surgery has a possibility of a complication and these are given to you in detail by Dr Lanzer. It is a good idea to understand your surgical procedure well, and to obtain further advice from another Specialist Cosmetic surgeon such as a Dermatologist like Dr Lanzer.
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 as a result of the procedure/s undertaken.
Best results are obtained when the procedure is combined with a balanced diet and exercise.
Some before and after photos shown are not exact, in that they vary in light, contrast, clothing, background, distance from camera, hairstyle and make-up.