For body concerns where stubborn areas of fat refuse to disappear despite diet and exercise. Liposuction is a surgical procedure which can achieve amazing alterations to the body contour.
At Palm Clinic, our team of medical professionals offer a range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, and provide expert, one-on-one consultations to discuss your procedure and concerns beforehand. Below, you’ll find information on our liposuction services and process.
Liposuction is an effective method of body contouring, performed by removing excess fat from areas of the body, however it should not be considered a weight loss solution. It is also used as an adjunct to many cosmetic and reconstructive procedures – as the knowledge around liposuction has increased, more people are recognising the benefits of the procedure when performed by an expert surgeon.
A common reason to inquire about liposuction is body concerns stemming from a combination of age and diet. We all have different body shapes, and as we age our fat distribution changes. We sometimes develop fatty deposits in our body, which persist and refuse to disappear no matter how much we exercise or alter our diet.
At Palm Clinic, Dr Mills, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon (FRACS), provides consultations about liposuction and other cosmetic procedures in Auckland.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure which can achieve amazing alterations in body contour. Common areas of concern people may wish to focus on include the abdomen, hips, thighs, arms, back and under chin. If you are considering whether this could be appropriate for you, then it is important that you consult with an expert such as Dr Mills.
The liposuction process at Palm Clinic starts with a consultation. Dr Mills will discuss with you which areas you are concerned about, before walking you through the procedure in an easily comprehensible way. After explaining the liposuction procedure, including all potential risks and complications, Dr Mills will also provide you with an honest, professional opinion as to whether liposuction is your best option – if there are other surgical options which would be better suited to fit your needs, we will use this time to discuss them.
An examination will then be undertaken, looking at the common areas of concern, along with the quality, elasticity, and looseness of the skin. Once this is complete and Dr Mills has a full understanding of your concern, a total price estimate will then be provided. Finally, you’ll discuss the aftercare and recovery plan following your surgery, to ensure you are prepared well in advance.
The terms liposuction and liposculpture are interchangeable.
Liposuction is usually performed under general anaesthetic. There are significant advantages to doing it in this way. Liposuction under local anaesthetic alone restricts the extent of liposuction possible. If you are concerned enough to want body contouring, then the procedure should be done completely in a safe setting for optimal results.
Techniques that use local anaesthetic and sedation alone, often limit the extent to which liposuction can be undertaken. However, with small areas, such as the sides of knees, local anaesthetic may be used alone.
Liposuction is performed in a hospital, usually as a day-stay procedure. Once the patient is anaesthetised by a specialist anaesthetist, small 5mm incisions are made, and fluid containing local anaesthetic and adrenaline is infiltrated into the areas of concern.
Through these same small incisions, the liposuction cannulas are inserted, and the fat is removed. Dr Mills uses the PAL liposuction system, which includes a mechanical vibration to the cannula and enhances the fat extraction to optimise the results.
Once the desired amount of fat has been removed, the incisions are closed with sutures and a waterproof dressing. Patients are then placed into a compression garment and we can begin to follow our pre-discussed, aftercare recovery plan.
Costs of liposuction or liposculpture vary enormously depending on the combination of areas requested, the size of the area to be treated, and the estimated length of the procedure. An initial consultation is essential to provide you with an accurate quote.
To see the type of results which can be realistically achieved with liposuction, view the Palm Clinic image gallery.
All patients on the liposuction gallery are patients of Palm Clinic and the photos are untouched and unaltered. If you like the type of aesthetic liposuction results in the Before & After Image Gallery, you are likely to be happy with your own results.
We understand that even seeking advice on a cosmetic procedure can be a daunting process. You will have a lot of questions, and want to be reassured that you are in good hands. Our goal is to put you at ease, have you feel heard and use our expertise to inform you of the possibilities. Dr. Stephen Mills will give you a personal consultation where he will give you a customised plan to treat your concerns.
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Please note that individual results may vary from patient to patient, and the information provided on our website is only a guidance to the possible results.