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What is liposuction?

Liposuction, also known as suction assisted lipectomy, lipoplasty or liposculpture, is a surgical procedure designed to remove localised collections of fat, such as occur on the thighs, buttocks and abdomen, as well as the arms, neck and under the chin.

This procedure can be performed for aesthetic (cosmetic) purposes or for medical/functional reasons, the latter being dependent on strict Medicare eligibility criteria.

When is liposuction desirable?

Liposuction may be used to improve your overall body appearance by reducing and recontouring localised collections of fat. It is not a substitute for weight reduction nor a cure for obesity.

How would liposuction help me?

A consultation with your Specialist Plastic Surgeon is the first step in considering liposuction surgery. You should frankly discuss your goals and expectations, and your plastic surgeon will explain to you whether this operation is right for you. Surgical lipectomy, which involves removal of excess skin, as well as fat, may be advised instead of, or in addition to liposuction. You should always keep in mind that the desired result is improvement, not perfection.

How important are psychological factors in relation to a liposuction procedure?

Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any aesthetic surgery is performed. A “new body” does not guarantee a new life or an end to all personal problems. It is mostly the mental attitude of the individual that determines a successful outcome. Liposuction can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence; the rest is entirely up to you.

How is liposuction surgery performed?

A cannula attached to a high powered suction pump is inserted through a small incision and the bulging fat removed. A pressure garment is usually worn for 2-3 months post-operatively in order to decrease bruising and swelling and to encourage the skin to contract to the new shape.

The procedure is performed in Perth in a fully-accredited hospital under general anaesthesia. The surgery can be performed as a day procedure or alternatively with a short hospital stay, depending on your general health and the extent of the procedure.

Are there any side effects of liposuction?

Bruising and swelling are common – the bruising usually subsiding in three weeks and the swelling in eight weeks. Other complications such as infection and prominent scars are unusual. Slight irregularities such as grooving under the skin may occur and this may be accompanied by looseness of the skin-although the skin does usually contract over a period of time.

Will the liposuction procedure leave any scars?

Although your surgeon will make every effort to keep them as inconspicuous as possible, scars are the inevitable result of any surgery. Because of their small size (usually about 1 cm) scars are not usually significant after liposuction.

What results can I expect from liposuction?

Liposuction is ideal for patients who have bulges that persist after diet and exercise. It is not a substitute for weight loss. Usually the overlying skin will contract following liposuction however, in some circumstances a procedure designed to remove excess skin may also be required.

When can I resume normal activities following the liposuction?

Returning to your normal activities is an individual matter. Your surgeon will advise you on your schedule, but most activities may be resumed within a few weeks. Many return to work after one week, and some even sooner. You may have to wear post-surgical compression garments for up to six weeks to reduce swelling and assist with the healing process.

How much does this procedure cost?

Please contact us online or call us on (08) 9380 0333 and one of our medical secretaries can provide you with more information. Please note that pricing does vary from case to case.


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.