Weight loss may feel like an ongoing, never-ending 'mission' to lose the unwanted kilos or even sustain the results achieved. And at times, a ceiling is reached where no matter how much more sweat we break, or calories we burn, or temptations we avoid - nothing further happens! This is called the weight-loss plateau. Where parts of the body simply will not change - no matter how hard we try. If you have reached this point, then you may be the perfect candidate for Liposuction surgery, which may effectively deal with those 'problem areas' that are otherwise too difficult to change.
Liposuction Surgery may be worth considering for those who have been actively losing weight, but are unsatisfied with the results.
Before undergoing Liposuction, Dr Ansari recommends that patients should be at a weight they can comfortably maintain prior to the procedure. This may involve dieting and exercise until your 'ceiling' has been reached. For some patients, ongoing exercise and dieting just isn’t possible and under these circumstances a stable body weight may be acceptable. Liposuction surgery can provide patients with stunning results that lasts and lasts with care - enhancing self-esteem and motivation. Before we know it - summer will be here in an instant! So why not plan ahead?
A consultation with Dr Ansari will provide full insights into the options most suitable for your lifestyle that best suits your body type, as well as opportunity to discuss your goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is the best candidate for Liposuction?
Paradoxically the best candidates for liposuction are usually people who are not that overweight or who are at an ideal body weight, but have an area of fat that just won't shift, despite how much exercise or dieting they do. Any age can be appropriate for liposuction, but the younger the individual, the greater the capacity for the skin to contract and reposition itself.
How is Liposuction performed?
With liposuction, fat deposits are removed using a suction cannula, which is passed through small incisions. A vacuum apparatus applies a negative pressure to the suction cannula and the fat is literally sucked out from the area of involvement. The whole procedure is mostly performed under local anaesthesia and twilight sedation.
At the end of the liposuction procedure,you will wear a pressure garment for between 3 to 6 weeks post-operatively,to decrease bruising and swelling and to encourage the skin to contract to your new shape.
Can Liposuction be considered as an alternate to diet and exercise?
Liposuction is not a substitute for a good diet and a healthy exercise program. It is however, an excellent strategy for removing unwanted localised fat deposits and bulges, which are resistant to diet and exercise, and changing your contours for the long term.
What is the Tumescent technique?
The tumescent technique of liposuction was developed in 1985. This technique involves the use of large volumes of a dilute solution of lidocaine (a local anaesthetic) in combination with the vasoconstrictive drug, epinephrine, which shrinks capillaries.
Local anaesthesia used in the tumescent technique for liposuction is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous sedatives, narcotic analgesics or general anaesthesia. This technique is now considered the safest form of liposuction for removing very large amounts of fat, because there is virtually no blood loss.
Not only has the tumescent technique been proven to be safer than the standard technique using general anaesthesia, but it has also proven to be less painful, with a minimal post-operative recovery time, and produces optimal cosmetic results.Once the area has been completely numbed, liposuction using the tumescent technique is essentially painless. In addition, because the numbness remains in the treated area for more than 12 hours, there is no pain immediately after surgery.
What results can I expect from Liposuction?
Liposuction works on the principle that people are born with a defined number of fat cells. This means that if you become fatter, your individual fat cells become fatter, rather than multiplying (not totally true with extreme obesity).
Thus, if you have body fat deposits that produce an undesired contour (e.g.“pot belly” or “saddle bag thighs” in females or “love handles” in males), then these can be permanently changed or limited by liposuction removal of the fat cells. As fat cells generally don't multiply, your contours are permanently changed provided your weight stays stable.
Liposuction using suction is ideal for individuals who have bulges, which persist after diet and exercise; it is not a substitute for weight loss. Usually the overlying skin will contract following suction lipectomy, however in some circumstances a procedure designed to remove excess skin may also be required.
This extra procedure might be required, because with liposuction alone, the skin is not surgically tightened. Therefore it is best suited for people who are in good physical shape and have 'youthful' skin qualities.
Is Liposuction suitable for me?
The decision to go ahead with an aesthetic procedure is a very personal one. The first step is a consultation with Dr Ansari to discuss your personal goals and expectations with respect to the outcome of liposuction (both physical and emotional). As with any aesthetic surgery, you should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.
Liposuction is an operation, that in experienced and properly trained hands,routinely produces good results with a low risk of potential complications. Thus, liposuction has a high satisfaction rate.
What limits how much Liposuction I can have?
The biggest determining factor is the quality of your skin over the area that requires liposuction. After the fat is removed, liposuction relies on the skin contracting down to prevent any looseness or sagging and a younger skin tends to have more tone and elasticity, allowing for more aggressive fat removal.
What areas are most suitable for Liposuction?
Basically, we can perform liposuction on any area that contains fat. The classic areas treated with liposuction iclude: the outer thighs (saddlebags), inner thighs, abdomen, flanks, hips, knees, ankles, breasts (in appropriate patients), and the neck and chin region.
How long does a typical Liposuction procedure take?
Depending on the extent of the procedure, suction lipectomy may last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours. However, please keep in mind that this is only the actual surgical time. In general, you would need to allocate up to a full day of your time to allow for pre-operative workup, the surgery itself and appropriate post-operative care.
How long will it take to recover from Liposuction?
Although each patient is different, normally your recovery from liposuction is fast. You can comfortably walk immediately after the procedure, however you will not be allowed to drive until the effect of any sedative drugs has worn off, which takes 24 hrs.
Even though pain medication is prescribed for you, most of our patients do well with none or just paracetamol as needed. You will most probably be able to work after 3 days, however it is important that you wear a compression garment for at least 3 weeks following your liposuction - 24 hours a day for first week and then 12hours a day for another 2 weeks.
Most activities can be resumed soon after your liposuction procedure, when you feel up to it. Bruising associated with the liposuction may take 1 to 2 weeks to disappear and although most of the swelling will begone after several weeks, it may take several more weeks to see the final results.
Will the Liposuction procedure leave any scars?
Because of the small size of the incisions (less than 1cm), scars are not usually significant after liposuction. Any scarring that does occur will fade over time, albeit there is some variation from individual to individual.
What are the side effects and potential complications of Liposuction?
Although side effects vary from one person to another, in general, significant bruising and swelling are common. The bruising usually subsides in 3 weeks and the swelling in 8 weeks. Most patients experience discomfort and at times pain, which may last from several days to 1 week after your surgery, however this depends greatly on the individual and the extent of your liposuction.
Numbness may also occur, but usually disappears after some months, and irregularities, such as minor grooving (or dimpling) under the skin may appear. Other complications, such as infection and prominent scars are unusual. Dr Ansari will discuss the side effects and any potential complications directly with you at your initial consultation.
What if I put on weight after my Liposuction?
If you put on weight after your liposuction procedure, you will become fatter, but the fat will be distributed all over your body. You won't selectively regain the contour that has been corrected by your liposuction. However, if you put on weight, eventually fat will be deposited again in the area/s treated with the liposuction procedure.
Is a general anaesthetic necessary for Liposuction?
Not really, as twilight sedation and a tumescent local anaesthetic are the preferred methods of most surgeons who perform liposuction. This is because of a reduced risk of complications with this type of sedation, which also results in a faster recovery.
With a tumescent technique, a large volume of fluid and local aesthetic are infused, which allows the area to become fully numb, so that your liposuction can be performed without any major discomfort.This method also provides good pain relief after your operation. However, if you prefer to have the procedure under general anaesthesia, this can be arranged.
What is a successful Liposuction surgery?
A liposuction surgery is a success when the surgeon and patient are both happy with the results. The surgeon's goal is to obtain an optimal aesthetic result, rather than to maximize the amount of fat removed. One of the most common causes for disappointment in the results of liposuction surgery is the removal of too much fat, which produces an abnormal or unusual appearance.
It is important for you to recognise that the cosmetic success of liposuction surgery is often the result of removing an amount of fat needed to provide pleasing, aesthetic results. It is not about taking out as much fat as possible, but to achieve an aesthetically desired result.That’s why sometimes it is called a liposculpture procedure.
Does Liposuction always remove cellulite?
Liposuction improves the silhouette of your body, but does not necessarily eliminate the pre-existing subtle "puckering" of the skin that is often referred to as "cellulite." Liposuction does reduce the amount of cellulite to SOME degree, but it is unlikely to produce a significant improvement or to completely eliminate cellulite.Therefore, liposuction is not offered as a treatment for cellulite.
Does Liposuction cause dimpling or indentations in the skin?
Dimpling and indentations in the skin is a known risk of liposuction, however, skin irregularities are unusual in the hands of a skilled surgeon. The use of large diameter cannulas, tends to increase the risk of irregularities. Dr Ansariusesfine cannulas (micro cannulas), requiring more operative time and more surgical effort, but reducing the risk of indentations and creating smoother results. The use of micro cannulas and multiple adits (very tiny round holes placed in your skin) allows the surgeon to make a criss-cross pattern of tiny tunnels throughout the fat, which produces smoother liposuction results compared to using larger cannulas with only two or three entrance incisions.
How do I schedule an initial consultation for Liposuction?
Dr Ansari is an experienced surgeon who is dedicated to helping his patients achieve the results they desire from liposuction. If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of this procedurefor yourself,please contactMy Cosmetic Clinic, as outlined below.
There are many different ways you can book an appointment with Dr Ansari. You can call us on 1300 85 49 89 during working hours, book your appointment online via our website www.mycosmeticclinic.net or you can send an enquiry through our website and we will contact you as soon as possible.