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Designed to sculpt the body for a more defined physique, liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits which have proven resistant to diet and exercise.

Treating patients from throughout the Newcastle region at his clinic in Warners Bay, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr. John Newton uses gentler wet liposuction to enhance your body’s contours.

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What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a safe and precise cosmetic procedure that enhances your body’s contours by removing stubborn fat deposits. Common areas for liposuction include the hips, the thighs, the bottom, the abdomen, the waist, the breasts, the arms and the neck.

Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure, but rather a procedure to reshape the physique.

Liposuction is often performed in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures, such as breast lift and mini-abdominoplasty.

Wet liposuction adds fluid to dilute fat, making it easier to break up and remove. The fluid injection also reduces bruising, swelling, and bleeding in the operating room and during recovery

The liposuction procedure

Discover the steps involved in a wet liposuction procedure at our Warners Bay clinic.

1.  Dr. Newton begins by administering an infusion of fluid into the area of fat to be treated. If a large area is to be treated, the patient will receive general anaesthetic.

2.  Next, a thin metal tube called a cannula is inserted through a small incision in the area being treated. This rotating cannula is connected to a suction device.

3.  Dr. Newton manipulates the cannula to break up fat, which is removed with suction. Only small amounts of fat are removed at a time in order to sculpt and tone the abdomen, thighs, and other areas of the body where fat accumulates.

4.  Finally, the incisions are closed.

Advice on liposuction aftercare

After the wet liposuction procedure, you will likely feel mild discomfort and notice bruising, redness and swelling – all of which are completely normal. Throughout recovery, you will need to wear a compression garment around the treated area. This will help to minimise swelling and support your body as it heals.

Recommended downtime will vary depending on the amount of fat removed and number of areas treated. In general, most patients recover quickly and can return to work and regular activities within a few weeks.

Dr. Newton will advise you on exactly what to expect during recovery at your consultation. You will also receive detailed aftercare guidance to follow before you leave our clinic. To support the healing process, please follow these instructions to the best of your ability.

What sort of results can you expect?

Finally saying goodbye to stubborn pockets of fat that failed to disappear despite months of dedicated diet and exercise can be very rewarding.

While post-operative swelling may obscure the results of surgery for some time, you will notice a trimmer and more sculpted appearance in the treated areas once recovery is complete.

Risks associated with liposuction

As with any invasive surgery, there are certain risks associated with liposuction – but most are treated easily and subside with time. Serious complications, such as excess bleeding, infection, adverse reaction to anaesthesia, blood clots, and nerve or organ damage, are very rare.

Dr. Newton always strives to ensure that each patient is treated in the utmost safety, comfort, and convenience. All potential risks will be discussed with you during your consultation.

Frequently asked questions

How much does liposuction cost?

Liposuction costs vary depending on the precise circumstances. Dr. Newton will assess every patient individually and the fee will reflect the type and complexity of the procedure required.

At your consultation with Dr. Newton, you will discuss the costs with our office manager. The costs will be explained and you will receive a detailed written costing. If a rebate is applicable, it will be clearly defined in your costing.

Is liposuction safe?

Yes, liposuction is safe when performed by a Specialist Plastic Surgeon with the appropriate experience and qualifications.

As with any invasive surgery, this procedure carries risks such as bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. However, by selecting the right surgeon, you can help to minimise such risks.

Can I get liposuction?

As with any cosmetic procedure, liposuction eligibility depends on personal factors. You are likely a strong candidate for liposuction if you maintain a stable weight with a healthy diet and exercise, yet still find stubborn pockets of fat that simply won’t budge. Liposuction is best suited to patients who are already within 20% of their ideal weight.

How many pounds of fat can liposuction remove?

Liposuction can safely remove a maximum of eight to ten pounds of fat between three to four different areas of the body. If you wish to remove more fat than this, additional procedures may be required.

The greater the volume of fat removed, the greater the risk of complications. If too much fat is removed at once, the patient could experience loose skin or surface irregularities as a result.

How long does liposuction take?

While liposuction surgery generally takes between 45 minutes and three hours, duration varies according to the patient’s weight, the number of target areas being treated and the type of anesthesia used.

During your consultation with Dr. Newton, he will guide you through the procedure in detail and discuss your specific circumstances in detail.

How long does it take to recover from liposuction?

While liposuction recovery time varies depending on the size of the area being treated, most patients recover quickly. You will likely be able to return to work and other non-strenuous activities within days or a few weeks.

While pain and tenderness tend to recede after a few weeks, swelling will gradually subside over the following months.

How long should I wear a compression garment after liposuction?

After liposuction, you should wear a compression garment 24/7 (apart from showering) for the following four to six weeks, and every day for 2 months thereafter.

This compression garment will reduce the risk of noticeable scarring, bruising and pain from the procedure. It supports the tissues helping t give a smoother result.

Do liposuction scars go away?

Liposuction involves making several discreet incisions which, like any trauma to the skin, may leave scars. However, these scars are minimal and generally fade over the following months until they are practically unnoticeable.

Does fat grow back after liposuction?

While fat cells removed with liposuction will not grow back, it is possible for the remaining fat cells to expand. What’s more, you may find fat pockets developing in other areas of your body that were not a cause of concern before the procedure.

For optimal long-term results, we strongly recommend maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly to support a stable weight.

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