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 many 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 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 cannot 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, bodylift, 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 are 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 if it is required to keep you comfortable. Extensive bruising is common but should not be overly painful.
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. You are of course welcome to call or visit any time with any concerns.