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Liposuction (liposculpture)

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What is it?

Liposuction is removal of fat from under the skin through
small incisions.

Is Mr Callan experienced at this procedure?

Mr Callan has over 20 years of experience at this procedure.
He performs liposuction regularly and keeps up to date with
the latest techniques. As a fully trained plastic surgeon,
Mr Callan performs this procedure to the highest standard
available.

Can I see photographs?

You can see photographs of people who have had this
procedure when you have your consultation. As Mr Callan
performs this procedure frequently, we have a large number of
photographs of people who have a problem similar to yours.

Who has liposuction?

Anybody who has a deposit of fat or a shape which they do
not like and which can’t be improved with exercise or weight
loss. There needs to be minimal skin laxity as the skin needs
to snap back into position after the fatty area is removed.
Common areas for liposuction are the thighs, abdomen, hips,
ankles and arms. Often liposuction is performed in association
with thigh lift, abdominoplasty, body lift, buttock lift and arm
lift when there is skin laxity.

Am I suitable?

You need to be sensible and honest about your reasons for
wanting liposuction and happy with your informed decision.
You should also be as healthy as possible. A time of personal
crisis is no time to be making decisions about such surgery.

What would make me unsuitable for surgery?

Smoking, being outside the BMI (body mass index) range of
18-28, under stress when making your decision, or having a
medical condition that would make surgery unsafe. Your BMI
is particularly important here. Liposuction is not a method
of weight loss and never will be. It is dangerous to remove
large quantities of fat. If you are overweight then you need to
address this underlying problem through diet and exercise.

How is it done?

Mr Callan performs all his surgery at St John of God Hospital
in Geelong, a fully accredited hospital. The fat is aspirated
(sucked) through small incisions in the skin using small
metal cannulas (pipes). It must be done skilfully and carefully
to give a cosmetically pleasing result without bumps and
ripples. There are several types of liposuction available.
Standard liposuction is done with suction alone and has never
been bettered for results. The power-assisted and ultrasonic
variations of liposuction merely make removal of the fat a
little easier but do not improve the result.

What are the benefits?

What you get out of surgery is entirely a personal matter, but
a nicer shape to the thighs or abdomen or ankles can help
many people feel more comfortable about their appearance
in general.

What are the risks?

All surgery carries some element of risk. You can
minimise your risk by being as healthy as possible and
as psychologically prepared as possible, by selecting an
experienced and qualified surgeon, and by giving yourself a
stress free time during which to recover. The particular risks
and complications of this surgery will be discussed at your
first consultation. The most common are slight asymmetry
or needing a small adjustment after surgery. There are other
risks common to all surgery and you will be made aware of
these.

Will I have scars?

The small incisions are always present but will fade over
the first six to 12 months. As a rule the incision lines ar e
inconspicuous.

How long will I be in hospital for?

Most liposuction patients are only in hospital overnight and
some just have a day procedure. Discomfort is not severe and
you will be given medication to keep you comfortable.

How long will I need to recover?

This ranges from one to two weeks. Exercise can be resumed
after three weeks. You must not drive until you are fully
recovered from both the anaesthetic and the discomfort of
surgery. If in doubt, don’t.

Do I wear a garment after surgery?

Yes, you will need to wear a pressure garment after surgery to
help mould the new shape you desire and help prevent fluid
collections.

Will I need to be seen after surgery?

Yes. We will keep in close contact with you by telephone for
the first few days and then will see you about five days after
surgery, then at three weeks and three months and a year.
You are of course welcome to call or visit any time with any
concerns.

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