Liposculpture is a cosmetic procedure using liposuction or ‘suction lipectomy’ to remove localised collections of unwanted or stubborn fat. The body can be sculpted and overall appearance improved by targeting areas such as the thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen, as well as the knees, ankles, arms, neck and under the chin.
Liposuction in Perth
While Perth liposuction can create a more visually appealing body shape, it is not a substitute for weight reduction nor a cure for obesity. It is ideal if you have localised bulges of fat which persist after diet and exercise.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Perth liposculpture, or liposuction, can improve the body’s contour and overall appearance by removing excess fat. It is effective in removing localised fat bulges which persist after diet and exercise. Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon at Assure Cosmetic Centre is the best person to determine if your expectations are achievable.
In Perth, liposuction involves a high-powered suction pump attached to a cannula which is inserted through a small incision where excess fat is removed. A pressure garment is usually worn for 2-3 months after surgery to decrease bruising and swelling and to encourage the skin to contract to its new shape. The overlying skin usually contracts following liposuction, however in some circumstances a procedure to remove excess skin may also be required. A new technique is ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), which boosts the emulsification of fat cells and increases the tightening effect on the skin to improve the overall result.
In Perth, liposuction is performed in an accredited hospital under local or general anaesthetic. You can expect to be discharged that same day or in some cases after a short hospital stay. This will depend on your general health, the extent of the procedure, and your surgeon’s advice.
You will need to attend a post-operative consultation approximately 5-7 days after liposuction surgery, and again 7-14 days after surgery with subsequent post-op visits if required.
A pressure garment is to be worn for 2-3 months after surgery.
Scars are an inevitable result of any surgery. However, with liposuction your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will make every effort to ensure any scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Due to their small size (about 1cm) scars are not usually significant after liposuction and fade with time.
Although no major complications are expected with liposuction, you may have some bruising and swelling after surgery. Bruising usually subsides in 2-3 weeks and swelling within 8 weeks. Other complications, such as infection or prominent scars, are unusual. Slight irregularities such as grooving under the skin may occur and this could be accompanied by looseness of the skin – although the skin usually does contract over a period of time.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will discuss what you can expect from this procedure. It is important to carefully follow your plastic surgeon’s advice to reduce the risk of complications.
A post-operative care plan will be discussed with you before and after the procedure. Returning to work and your normal activities is an individual matter and your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will advise you. Many patients return to work after 1 week and some even sooner.
The initial consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will cost approximately $220 (fees vary slightly per surgeon) and take about 30-45 minutes. If a Medicare item applies to your potential procedure then you will be entitled to a rebate from Medicare of approximately $75, providing you have a written referral from your GP or specialist. GP referrals are valid for 12 months and specialist referrals for 3 months.
Your Specialist Plastic Surgeon will provide an indication of the likely costs, such as your surgeon’s fee, anaesthetist’s fees and hospital and theatre fees. Your surgeon’s fee includes all post-operative care and nurse dressings. Pricing will vary from case to case, but an indicative range of your surgeon’s fee is $3,000 to $5,000 excluding GST. Anaesthetist, hospital and theatre fees are additional.
There may be Medicare and private health insurance rebates available for certain liposuction procedures in Perth depending on strict Medicare eligibility criteria. Your surgeon can provide you with more information, but you would then need to talk to your private health insurer to determine exactly how much cover they will provide and confirm what your final out-of-pocket costs will be.
A good starting point is to book a consultation with one of our experienced team at Assure Cosmetic Centre. You will have the opportunity to discuss your concerns and ask questions. You will be provided with detailed information regarding the treatments or procedures that can help you, the expected outcomes, and the costs involved. Click here to make an appointment.
The Australian Foundation for Plastic Surgery (part of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons) is a helpful and reliable source of information online. Their website is an excellent place to research a range of surgical procedures and non-surgical treatments, and view video animations. Click here to visit their website.