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In a recent The Age Daily Life blog, Natalie Reilly tells about her experience getting liposculpture on her stomach after having her second child.

She experienced changes in her body after pregnancy, including thyroid disease. She planned to get the right medication and start a rigorous regime of exercise and diet, confident her body would return to its former shape. But that didn’t happen. “I tried harder. Months passed – no change,” she says. “My body decided it was going to go menopausal. I turned into a pumpkin. My tummy, which to be honest, had never known flatness, was now protruding like I was six months pregnant.”

She considered her options and secured an appointment with a cosmetic physician. When starting her journey, she learnt that liposculpture was not for weight loss, but for sculpting or recontouring body shape. Liposculpture could address the protruding belly and move her closer to her pre-baby shape.

Liposculpture is a safer and more effective form of liposuction that can be performed on an outpatient basis, without going under general anaesthetic and with less down-time and post-operative discomfort. The beauty of liposculpture is the use of tumescent anaesthesia to prevent bleeding. A local anaesthetic, diluted in saline and adrenaline, is administered. This constricts blood vessels so less bruising develops. A cannula containing a laser radial fibre is used to melt the fat cells, making them malleable and easy to remove with gentle, violin-strokes of suction.

The two terms, liposuction and liposculpture, describe different approaches to fat removal. Liposuction is the umbrella term for removing fat from under the skin using suction, and usually refers to a procedure where the patient is put under general anaesthetic and may involve a manual method of breaking up the fat which can cause more trauma to the body, and a stay in hospital. Liposculpture specifically denotes the kind of liposuction where tumescent anaesthesia is used – designed to inhibit bleeding during the procedure and reduces trauma, and is most often done as a day procedure with no hospital stay required.

Following the procedure Reilly wore compression garments for two weeks while she healed, and is so happy with the results, regaining a little of joy in her body. Read the full story.