While liposuction — or liposculpture, as it also commonly called — is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure that has been around for some time, it is still the case that the procedures involved and its effects are not always fully understood.
This is in part because the procedure has changed significantly in the forty or so years it has been in common use. In its earliest manifestation, stomach or arm liposuction was quite invasive, but the process has now evolved immeasurably. Non-invasive lipo, vaser liposuction, and tumescent liposculpture, for instance, are far less traumatic procedures than people endured in the past and are in widespread use for body contouring today.
Patients come to Australian Medical Travel for liposuction surgery for a variety of reasons, but most are seeking better body definition and a more clearly defined body shape. Often, this will be after pregnancy, or after having achieved a significant weight loss, while in some cases people just want the increased confidence and a more positive self-image that this form of cosmetic surgery can provide.
Who Gets Liposuction?
Liposuction is a popular cosmetic surgery procedure with both women and men, and is most commonly used to reduce to the amount of stored fat around the upper and lower abdomen, although it is also undertaken on other parts of the body as well, such as the buttocks, hips thighs, calves, arms, and neck. Some of our patients have decided to opt for liposuction as an alternative to tummy tuck surgery, while others have chosen to combine these two procedures.
It is important to understand that lipo surgery is not a treatment for obesity — instead, it is used to remove fatty deposits that exercise and diet have not been able to shift. Therefore, in order to get the maximum benefit from liposuction, you should ideally be healthy and able to maintain a fairly constant weight. This is because the surgery is a means of redefining and reshaping specific areas of the body, rather than completely altering it. Liposculpture will remove stubborn fat build up in areas like the abdomen, hips, thighs, and knees, and enable you to be better toned, but it is not suitable solely as a weight loss procedure.
Liposuction is the catch-all name for a variety of different procedures that are used to remove fatty deposits and to create a more toned and contoured body shape. Two of the most popular procedure in Thailand packages that we facilitate for Australians include:
Tumescent Liposculpture requires a local anesthetic to be inserted into the fat deposits that are to be removed, making them numb prior to liposuction and body sculpting. This technique has made it possible for lipo surgery to be performed as a day surgery procedure without the need for a general anesthetic.
Vaser Liposuction is a form of non-invasive liposuction suitable for use on all areas of the body, including the tummy, neck, arms, and legs. A general anesthetic (although it can be used if desired) is not required for Vaser Liposuction and has a quicker recovery time than some other liposuction procedures, but is nevertheless still able to remove comparable amounts of fat.
What Can You Expect?
As with any sort of plastic surgery or cosmetic surgery procedure, it is important to have realistic expectations and to understand what can and what can’t be achieved.
For instance, you can expect to have a better contoured and better-defined body after undergoing a liposuction procedure. It is also possible to undergo liposculpture more than once, provided there are suitable intervals between treatments.
In general, you can expect a recovery time in the region of 7 to 14 days before you can go back to work, although some patients are able to return to work more quickly than this. It is generally the case that most people are able to return to full physical activity without restrictions in around 3 to 4 weeks. During this time, you will probably be required to wear a compression garment.
Despite these benefits, it is, however, important to note that liposculpture won’t remove stretch marks, and it may only have minimal impact on cellulite. In the case of the latter, some of our patients instead choose to address this through a tummy tuck or thigh lift.
In Australia, it is very difficult to find cheap liposuction. You can expect the average price to be anywhere from $3,000 to $5,000 for a single area of the body e.g., tummy, arms, thighs, etc. Therefore, if you want to have both neck liposuction and stomach liposuction, for instance, you can expect to pay in the region of between $6,000 to $10,000.
However, we are able to facilitate liposuction surgery Thailand packages at significantly reduced prices through our partnerships with leading international hospitals that specialize in cosmetic surgery procedures.
Australian Medical Travel will take care of everything for you, from booking your flights and accommodation to liaising with the hospital and arranging your liposuction surgery, and we will then be on hand to accompany you every step of the way.
Call Australian Medical Travel on 1300 787 268 or email us to find out more. We will be happy to discuss your specific needs and to offer you a free cosmetic surgery assessment.