Liposuction & Tummy Tuck Surgery, North Sydney, Northern Beaches & North Shore
There are various techniques for removing fat from the body. The most appropriate method for you will depend on your specific situation. Dr Tew is a specialist in liposuction and liposculpture on the North Shore and Northern Beaches
Liposculpture - Sculpting a beautiful body
Some overweight or obese people who have failed to lose body fat through diet and/or exercise may look to cosmetic surgery such as liposculpture for a solution. Liposuction involves the removal of large amounts of fat from the body. Liposculpture is a procedure that is suitable when smaller amounts of fat need to be removed from the body.
Liposculpture is the modification of the contours of one’s body through surgical or chemical means. It can be successful in treating fatty deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Plastic and cosmetic surgeon Dr Sawjin Tew is located on the North Shore servicing residents from the North Shore and Northern Beaches. Her office is in Chatswood. Dr Sawjin Tew specialises in liposculpture including liposuction and injection lipolysis.
Surgical liposculpture is achieved using the technique of liposuction, during this surgery hollow tubular instruments of various sizes are used to extract body fat. Tiny incisions are made at the site where fat is to be removed, and a solution is infused to provide anaesthesia, reduce bleeding and improve fat extraction.
During liposuction a hollow cannula is inserted into the area via the tiny incisions. The cannula is then attached to suction tubing, through which the fat is aspirated.
Knowing how much to leave behind is a guide to how much fat should be removed, and this is a joint decision between the patient and the surgeon; and what is achievable based on the surgeon’s aesthetic judgement and experience.
It is important to have realistic expectations of the results of liposuction. Older patients who have skin that has lost its elasticity are more prone to rippling, dimpling and loose skin after liposuction.
Liposuction may not be the most suitable procedure for patients with excess folds of skin, which is best removed by a tummy tuck, arm reduction or breast lift/ reduction.
Liposuction does not improve muscle tone either. If a patient gains weight after liposuction, the procedure may need to be repeated. If the patient loses weight, excess skin may need to be trimmed in a subsequent procedure.
The recovery phase of liposuction takes several weeks. In the first week after liposuction, the patient will experience bruising and ooze from the incisions.
It is important to wear the compression garment for several weeks to help shape the areas that have been treated by liposuction. The garment also helps to control swelling, which settles slowly over several weeks after the surgery.
The discomfort from liposuction is moderate and usually settles in the first fortnight with the help of simple analgesia. Overall, liposuction is a useful surgical technique and has a niche in plastic surgery practice.
An alternative to liposuction surgery is chemical liposculpture or injection lipolysis involves the "off-label" use of phosphatidylcholine or lecithin.
It was found that injecting phosphatidylcholine in the fatty tissue dissolves fat over several weeks. The treated areas are painful and swollen for a few days after the injection.
The treated areas can also be uneven, as the volume of fat dissolved is not directly related to the volume of solution injected.
Unlike liposuction, the result is not easy to control because of this unpredictability of response of the fatty area injected. However, it may have a role for the patient who wants some reduction in the volume of fatty tissue, does not want to undergo liposuction and is not particularly fussy about the final shape achieved.
Are you looking for liposculpture on the North Shore and Northern Beaches?
Liposculpture is a careful surgical procedure that a doctor will perform on a patient to remove fat from an area of the body. Liposuction is a popular form of liposculpture for fat removal done through incisions in the skin. Another popular procedure includes breast lift or reduction. Every day that you allow the problem to continue you won't see the results you want. It's important that your medical condition is treated by an experienced doctor who is focused on giving you a positive result.
Dr Sawjin Tew has been a Plastic Surgeon since 2000. She has worked in the Northern Beaches and North Shore area since 2001, and has clinical privileges at Delmar Private Hospital, Manly District Hospital and Pittwater Day Surgery.