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Popular Questions and Answers about Liposuction

Liposuction is a popular surgery procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from specific areas of the body. Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Bish Soliman recommends this procedure to individuals who are close to their ideal weight but need assistance in removing stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Below, we answer some of the most common FAQs about liposuction surgery to help you understand what it entails.

Liposuction FAQs

1.    What is liposuction surgery?

Liposuction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that involves the removal of excess fat from various parts of the body using a suction technique. The procedure helps by removing unwanted fat from areas such as the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, and neck.

2.    Who is an ideal candidate for liposuction surgery?

A good candidate for liposuction surgery is someone who is in good health, close to their ideal body weight, and has realistic expectations about the outcomes of the surgery. It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure but a body contouring procedure. Dr Bish Soliman often advises potential candidates to maintain a stable weight for a considerable period before opting for the surgery to achieve the best results.

3.    What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

Liposuction can be performed on various areas of the body where stubborn fat tends to accumulate. Common areas include the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, arms, back, and neck. Dr Bish Soliman has successfully performed liposuction on these and other areas, helping patients achieve their desired body contours. It is essential to have a consultation to determine the best areas to target based on your individual needs and goals.

4.    What is the recovery process like after liposuction surgery?

The recovery process after liposuction surgery can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery performed. Patients can expect to experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort in the treated areas. Dr Bish Soliman recommends wearing a compression garment to help reduce swelling and support the healing process. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few weeks, but it is important to follow all post-operative instructions to ensure a smooth recovery.

5.    What kind of results can I expect from liposuction surgery?

Liposuction surgery can provide significant improvements in the body’s contour, helping to remove stubborn fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Dr Bish Soliman emphasises that while the results are generally long-lasting, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential to preserving the results. It is important to have realistic expectations and to understand that it may take several months to see the final results as the body heals and adjusts to its new shape.

6.    How long does a liposuction procedure take?

The duration of a liposuction procedure can vary greatly depending on the number of areas being treated and the volume of fat being removed. Generally, it can take anywhere from one to several hours. Dr Bish Soliman takes a meticulous approach to ensure that the procedure is done with precision and care, which sometimes means taking a bit more time to achieve the best possible results.

7.    Are there any risks associated with liposuction surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, liposuction comes with its own set of risks and potential complications. Some of the common risks include infection, bleeding, uneven contours, and adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Dr Bish Soliman ensures that patients are well-informed about all potential risks and takes all necessary precautions to minimise complications, providing a safe and secure environment for the surgery.

8.    Can liposuction help with weight loss?

It is important to note that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure; it is a body contouring procedure designed to remove localised fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. While you may lose a small amount of weight, the primary goal is to improve the body’s shape and contour. Dr Bish Soliman often recommends that patients be close to their ideal weight before undergoing liposuction to achieve optimal results.

9.    What is the cost of liposuction surgery?

The cost of liposuction can vary widely depending on a range of factors including the plastic surgeon’s experience and the complexity of the procedure. Dr Bish Soliman offers a transparent pricing structure, and it is recommended to have a consultation to receive a personalised quote based on your individual needs and goals.

10. Can I combine liposuction with other cosmetic procedures?

Yes, it is quite common to combine liposuction with other cosmetic procedures. Procedures such as tummy tucks – abdominoplasties, breast augmentations, or facelifts can be done in conjunction with liposuction to enhance the overall results. Dr Bish Soliman has extensive experience in performing combination procedures and can advise on the best approach to meet your aesthetic goals.

11. How do I prepare for a liposuction surgery?

Preparing for a liposuction surgery involves several steps to ensure your safety and the success of the procedure. Dr Bish Soliman recommends having a detailed consultation to understand the procedure fully. Patients are advised to maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid smoking, and refrain from taking certain medications that can increase bleeding risk. It is also beneficial to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery and assist you in the initial days of recovery.

12. What kind of anaesthesia is used during liposuction?

The type of anaesthesia used during liposuction can vary depending on the extent of the procedure. In some cases, local anaesthesia combined with sedation is sufficient. However, for more extensive procedures, general anaesthesia may be used to ensure the patient’s comfort. Dr Bish Soliman will discuss the best anaesthesia option for you during your consultation, taking into consideration your medical history and the specifics of the planned procedure.

13. Will I have scars after liposuction surgery?

While liposuction involves making small incisions to remove excess fat, Dr Bish Soliman employs techniques to minimise scarring, placing incisions in discreet locations that can be easily concealed. Over time, the scars will fade and become less noticeable. It is important to follow all post-operative care instructions to facilitate the healing process and reduce the appearance of scars.

14. What is the difference between liposuction and a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty?

While both liposuction and a tummy tuck – abdominoplasty aim to improve the abdominal area’s appearance, they address different issues. Liposuction removes excess fat, while a tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) removes excess skin and tightens weakened abdominal muscles, often post-pregnancy or significant weight loss. Dr Bish Soliman can help determine which procedure, or a combination of both, would be most beneficial for you based on your individual goals and physical characteristics.

15. Can liposuction remove cellulite?

Liposuction primarily targets fat deposits and is not a treatment for cellulite, which is a condition characterised by dimpled, uneven skin. While liposuction may reduce the appearance of cellulite to some extent, it is not a guaranteed solution. Dr Bish Soliman may recommend other treatments or procedures to address cellulite more effectively, ensuring you achieve the smoothest, most pleasing results possible.

16. How soon can I return to work after liposuction surgery?

The time needed to return to work after liposuction surgery can vary based on the nature of your job and the extent of the procedure. Generally, patients can return to work within a week or two following the surgery. Dr Bish Soliman recommends taking at least a week off to allow for proper healing and recovery, and possibly more time if your job involves strenuous physical activity.

17. What happens if I gain weight after liposuction?

Gaining a significant amount of weight after liposuction can affect the results of the surgery. While the fat cells removed during liposuction do not regrow, the remaining fat cells can expand, potentially altering your body’s contours. Dr Bish Soliman advises maintaining a stable weight through a healthy diet and regular exercise to preserve the results of the surgery for the long term.

18. Is liposuction suitable for both men and women?

Yes, liposuction is suitable for both men and women. In fact, many men opt for liposuction to address areas such as the abdomen, flanks, and chest. Dr Bish Soliman has extensive experience performing liposuction on both male and female patients, tailoring the procedure to meet the unique needs and goals of each individual to achieve natural and harmonious results.

19. Can I have liposuction if I have certain medical conditions?

Certain medical conditions may affect your eligibility for liposuction. Conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or a compromised immune system can increase the risks associated with surgery. It is imperative to have a detailed consultation with Dr Bish Soliman to discuss your medical history and determine whether liposuction is a safe and appropriate option for you.

20. How do I choose the right surgeon for my liposuction procedure?

Choosing the right surgeon is a critical step in ensuring the success of your liposuction procedure. It is advisable to choose a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in liposuction, like Dr Bish Soliman. Consider the plastic surgeon’s qualifications, board certifications, and before-and-after photos of previous patients.

21. What is the age limit for undergoing liposuction?

There isn’t a strict age limit for undergoing liposuction; however, candidates should be in good health and have realistic expectations about the outcomes. Dr Bish Soliman often works with adults of various age groups, assessing their individual health status and goals to determine their suitability for the procedure. It is generally recommended for individuals to have skin with good elasticity to achieve the best results.

22. What is the difference between liposuction and CoolSculpting?

While both liposuction and CoolSculpting aim to reduce unwanted fat, they employ different methods. Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat cells through suction, while CoolSculpting is a non-invasive procedure that freezes fat cells to reduce them. Dr Bish Soliman can help you understand the pros and cons of each method and guide you in choosing the one that best suits your needs and preferences.

23. How is liposuction performed on the chin and neck area?

Liposuction in the chin and neck area is performed with meticulous care to enhance the contour and definition of the lower face. Dr Bish Soliman uses specialised tools to remove fat through small incisions, often located under the chin or behind the ears, to minimise visible scarring. The procedure can help address a double chin.

24. Can liposuction treat gynaecomastia in men?

Liposuction can be an effective treatment for gynaecomastia, a condition characterised by enlarged breast tissue in men, if the breast tissue is mostly made of fat. Dr Bish Soliman often performs liposuction to remove excess fat and removes the glandular breast tissue using a small lower areolar incision, helping to create a flatter chest contour. It is important to have a detailed consultation to determine the best approach to treating gynaecomastia, which may sometimes the surgical excision of the glandular tissue.

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About Dr Bish Soliman

Dr Bish Soliman - Sydney Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, about us 01 2x
Specialist Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon
FRACS (Plas), MS (Plas), MBBS (Hons 1), BCom

AHPRA Registered Medical Practitioner MED 0001679053 Specialist Registration in Plastic Surgery

Dr Bish Soliman is a Sydney-based Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon who performs aesthetic surgery of the face, breast, and body as well as skin cancer surgery.

He currently holds two consultant microsurgery positions in major Sydney hospitals performing complex microsurgical reconstruction including DIEP breast reconstruction.

After graduating from The King’s School, Dr Bish completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Sydney. After working briefly at a major Sydney finance firm, he decided to pursue his passion and long-term goal of a career in medicine. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame at the top of his class, receiving First class honours and the prestigious Bower and Sherrard medal. He then went on to complete his junior medical training at Westmead Hospital during which time he was awarded Junior Medical Officer (JMO) of the Year, as well as a finalist for NSW Doctor of the Year.


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