Liposculpture

Liposculpture is a safer and more effective form of Liposuction that can be performed as an outpatient basis, without general anaesthetic and with less down-time and post-operative discomfort.

Liposculpture is ideal when used to remove fat from areas of the body otherwise resistant to dietary modification and regular exercise.  Patients should be aware that it is not intended as a means for generalised weight loss. In expert hands, it is the most superior method for reshaping and recontouring the body.

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Liposculpture Treatment

Liposculpture is used to reshape one or more areas of your body, not as a method of reducing body weight. Liposuction & liposculpture is typically used on body areas that have not responded well to diet and exercise. These areas can often be the outer thighs and hips on women, and the waist and stomach on men. The face, neck, abdomen, back, breast, legs, and upper arms are all commonly treated areas for both men and women.

Key Facts

Frequently Asked Questions
What is liposculpture?

Liposculpture is a safer and more effective form of Liposuction that can be performed as an outpatient basis, without general anaesthetic and with less down-time and post-operative discomfort.

When is Liposculpture useful?

Liposculpture is ideal when used to remove fat from areas of the body otherwise resistant to dietary modification and regular exercise. Patients should be aware that it is not intended as a means for generalised weight loss. In expert hands, it is the most superior method for reshaping and recontouring the body.

When was Liposculpture first introduced?

Liposculpture was first introduced in 1974 by Dr Georgio Fischer, an Italian Gynaecologist and was later improved upon by French Plastic Surgeons, Dr Pierre Fournier and Dr Illouz. Dr Jeffery Klein The introduction of a special anaesthetic mixture (called “Tumescent Anaesthetic”) by Dr Jeffrey Klein in the 1980s, made it possible for doctors to perform Liposculpture under local anaesthetic. This revolutionised the way we perform Liposculpture and has made it possible to achieve results otherwise very difficult without the use of Tumescence.

What is Tumescent Liposculpture?

Tumescent Liposculpture involves the infiltration of a special local anaesthetic known as “Tumescent Anaesthetic” into the area of concern. Once the anaesthetic has had time to take effect, a special cannula which is attached to a suction machine, is used to remove the unwanted fat from the area. This part of procedure requires meticulous care and excellent technique.

How much Fat can be removed at one time?

Generally speaking, for patient safety, 5% of the patient’s body weight in fat can be removed in one session. The amount of fat that can be removed in a procedure will depend on the patient’s weight. If large amounts of fat need to be removed, more than one session may be necessary.

How many areas can be treated in one session?

This will depend on the how much Tumescent Anaesthetic solution can be injected into the body at one time. There is “safe” amount and an “upper limit” amount. Once we calculate how much anaesthetic we can inject into the body, then we can determine how many areas can be treated safely and effectively.

What if I want more than one area treated in one session?

Dr Paraskevas will determine the “safest” amount of anaesthetic that can be used and therefore determine which areas would be best suited for liposculpture. It is often best to combine areas to provide the best overall contouring result. However, the health and safety of our patients will not be compromised by attempting to treat more than what is required in one session.

Will I lose weight after Liposculpture?

There may not be a significant drop in weight. However patients will see a remarkable change in their body shape, which is the actual goal of liposculpture.

What will happen to my skin?

Liposculpture will not completely tighten ones skin after liposculpture. It is best suited to people who are in good physical shape and have “young” skin qualities, more so in people under the age of 50 years. We have, however, treated many people much older with excellent results.

In a few cases of liposculpture of the lower tummy area (abdomen), and especially if there is an overhang or fatty roll, excess skin may remain.
Loose or wrinkled skin can also occur over the mid-abdomen above the umbilicus, or the inner thighs. Patients who are over 50 or overweight must be willing to accept a greater chance of skin laxity and contour irregularities in exchange for an improved silhouette when clothed.

How do we perform Liposculpture?

A qualified Cosmetic Surgeon and nurse will be present during the procedure. Areas to be treated will be marked out first and medical photographs of the area(s) will be taken for comparisons of before and after the procedure. An oral tablet and/or intramuscular injection are given to relax the patient and relieve any anxiety. The area to be treated is then injected with a special local anaesthetic preparation called (Tumescent Anaesthetic – discussed earlier).

Once the area is numb, the fat will be sucked out using a special suction cannula. Vital signs are monitored throughout the procedure, particularly pulse and blood pressure. The patient will be required to move and change position to facilitate access to the areas being treated. Towards the end of the procedure, the patient will be required to stand up to assess the areas that have been treated and any irregularities or areas that can be improved will be highlighted with a special marker. Adjustments will then be made. Following this, dressings will be applied and support garments fitted. The patient will then be transferred to the recovery room to rest and have something to eat and drink and then discharged home with a relative or carer.

How long will the procedure take?

Depending on the area and the size of the patient, the procedure can take from three to four hours.

Is the procedure painful?

You should not experience pain during the procedure. Pain receptors are numbed with the application of local anaesthesia and patients are kept relaxed with the use of an anxiety and muscle relaxant. As such, patients should be relatively comfortable throughout.

How much discomfort can I expect after the procedure?

There will be some discomfort but this will be dependent on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Most patients will cope very well with mild pain relievers like Panadol and others may need something stronger for the first 24-48 hours.

What garment will I wear?

You will be given a special support garment to wear (usually two garments, one to be worn over the other). This must be worn in accordance with our recommendations, usually for 2 weeks following the procedure. Many patients will continue wearing the garment for comfort and security for up to four weeks.

Will there be bruising after the procedure?

There may be bruising after the procedure but this should not be of any concern. Most patients are asked to take Arnica tablets to help with the bruising. We also advise against the use of medication, certain foods and vitamins/minerals that can increase the chance of bruising after the procedure. These may include Aspirin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Alcohol (particularly Red Wine), and the 4 “Gs” – Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger and Ginseng. Generally speaking, we will instruct patients to refrain from using items from this list for up to 1 week prior to their treatment.

When can I resume my daily activities?

Normal activities can be resumed the next day. More strenuous activities can be resumed in approximately three to four days following the treatment, or as your doctor advises.

When can I return to work?

Most patients may return to work 3-5 days after the procedure.

When can I resume exercise?

Once patients begin to feel normal again, they will be encouraged to return to their normal exercise routine. This may take anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks. Dr Paraskevas will instruct each patient on a case by case basis.

When will I see the results?

In 24-48 hours you will see up to 80% of the final result. However, it will take at least 3-6 months to see the final result.

After Care
How much discomfort can I expect after the procedure?

There will be some discomfort but this will be dependent on the areas treated and the amount of fat removed. Most patients will cope very well with mild pain relievers like Panadol and others may need something stronger for the first 24-48 hours.

What garment will I wear?

You will be given a special support garment to wear (usually two garments, one to be worn over the other). This must be worn in accordance with our recommendations, usually for 2 weeks following the procedure. Many patients will continue wearing the garment for comfort and security for up to four weeks.

Will there be bruising after the procedure?

There may be bruising after the procedure but this should not be of any concern. Most patients are asked to take Arnica tablets to help with the bruising. We also advise against the use of medication, certain foods and vitamins/minerals that can increase the chance of bruising after the procedure. These may include Aspirin, Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Alcohol (particularly Red Wine), and the 4 “Gs” – Garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginger and Ginseng. Generally speaking, we will instruct patients to refrain from using items from this list for up to 1 week prior to their treatment.

When can I resume my daily activities?

Normal activities can be resumed the next day. More strenuous activities can be resumed in approximately three to four days following the treatment, or as your doctor advises.

When can I return to work?

Most patients may return to work 3-5 days after the procedure.

When can I resume exercise?

Once patients begin to feel normal again, they will be encouraged to return to their normal exercise routine. This may take anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks. Dr Paraskevas will instruct each patient on a case by case basis.

When will I see the results?

In 24-48 hours you will see up to 80% of the final result. However, it will take at least 3-6 months to see the final result.