Liposuction - Esteem Cosmetic Studio

Liposuction surgery can be extremely expensive so before handing your money over, step back and get an understanding if Liposuction surgery is actually for you.

Let this sink it. Liposuction surgery is NOT a weight loss procedure.

Liposuction is primarily a body reshaping procedure. It is suitable for patients who are close to their ideal weight but have areas of disproportion. At Esteem Cosmetic Studio, we inform patients that they must be +/- 5 kilos from their ideal weight and have good skin laxity.

Weight loss can be achieved by clean eating, regular exercise, if you are grossly overweight or morbidly obese, it would be best to see your GP and a referral to see a surgeon that specialises in weight loss surgery.

Once again, Liposuction should be regarded primarily as a body reshaping procedure and not a way of losing weight.  Liposuction is indicated for abnormal or disproportionate fat deposits.  These deposits are genetically pre-determined and for this reason, are resistant to diet and exercise.  Weight loss will make such areas smaller with the overall reduction of body fat but the disproportion will still be present.

Liposuction occurs above the muscle and below the skin. If you have a bulging chubby tummy due to the fat that is under the muscle and around the internal organs, this fat cannot be reduced with liposuction. This type of fat is called intraabdominal fat or visceral fat. This fat pushes out on the muscles that form the abdominal wall. Even if fat is removed from above the muscle, it will just be a smaller version of the rounded belly. For fat on the inside of the belly, proper nutrition and exercise are the only remedies.

Liposuction will not improve ‘cellulite’ irregularities which are due to contraction of the fibrous bands that extend from the under-surface of the skin to the underlying muscle.

Liposuction will NOT tighten to loose hanging skin. If you have a belly apron, you may want to explore the option of a tummy tuck procedure.


Even though you will notice an improved shape immediately after your procedure the remaining fat in the liposuctioned area is still swollen from the remaining tumescent solution infiltrated into the area at the start of your procedure.  This swelling will settle over the ensuing three weeks and you will then notice a further reduction in size of the area concerned.  Thereafter, your skin and the tunnels created in the fat will continue to contract down over the next 3 or 4 months.  Therefore, your final shape may not be apparent until 3, or even 6 months, after your procedure. So patience is a must!

Discomfort after tumescent liposuction is usually only mild and most patients are up and about the very next day.  Any discomfort in the first few days can usually be relieved by Panadol. Rarely are stronger analgesics required.

Bruising after Tumescent Liposuction is usually only mild to moderate in amount and in any case largely disappears within three weeks.

Minor swelling of the treated area can last up to about three weeks.

Hardened areas under the skin may become apparent after the first week.  They are due to deep bruising, NOT residual fat, and will slowly smooth out and disappear as the body’s healing process absorbs the bruises. 

Minor irregularities in the remaining fat of the abdominal wall can sometimes be felt on passing the fingers over the abdomen.  These usually smooth out over the next six months or so.

Liposuction comes with its benefits and its limitations. A thorough consultation is important to determine if liposuction will actually benefit you. But if you are hoping this is a short cut to weight loss, it would be safe to say that the hope is misguided 🙂

Interested in Liposuction? Call the clinic on 1300 378 336 and schedule an appointment.  

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