Liposuction surgery involves the use of a small hollow tube or cannula which is inserted into the treatment area to suction out excess fat. Areas that are most commonly treated are the hips, stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and neck. Liposuction is also referred to as Liposculpture because it can dramatically improve and reshape and contour the treatment areas, and in effect, your body shape

Liposuction Methods

Dr Milovic performs a liposuction procedure using water-jet assisted liposuction (or WAL) and suction assisted liposuction (“SAL”), ensuring that people from Hawthorn to ACT with all needs can receive a tailored care program. As always, patients need to weigh up the benefits and risks or complications from any surgical procedure, and the methods used to achieve it. Book your initial consultation with our clinics to learn more.

Suction Assisted Liposuction

SAL is a proven, traditional method of liposuction.  With this method, a small cannula is inserted into a small incision near the treatment area. It is attached to a vacuum device. The plastic surgeon pushes and pulls it in a forwards and backwards motion, carefully through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and drawing them out of the body by suction.

Water –jet Assisted Liposuction

Water-jet Assisted Liposuction(WAL) is a tissue-selective, non-tumescent liposuction technique that maximises the advantages of the tumescent method while minimising the drawbacks.

The BodyJet®, water assisted liposuction technology, is a more gentle, effective method of liposuction with a quicker recovery time and less discomfort. WAL uses a thin, fan-shaped jet of water to target, gently release, and aspirate fat cells, sparing blood vessels and nerves. The gentle separation of fat cells from connective tissue minimises trauma to the treatment area.  Simultaneous infiltration and aspiration enables the precise correction of margins and the reduction, if not complete elimination, of post-operational fluid and minimises swelling, allowing real time precise contouring.

Laser Assisted Liposuction

Dr Milovic has chosen not to use the laser liposuction method.  It is not considered to be the standard approach to liposuction in reputable plastic surgery practices.  Recent scientific research (in the authoritative Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal) has found that there were no appreciable differences with laser assisted liposuction treatment when comparing the before and after treatment under an electron scanning microscope.  In fact, the researchers found that there was no effect whatsoever on the fat in the treated area and no evidence of any fat cell deflation. Most respected plastic surgeons are still awaiting further scientific and clinical studies before they start performing this procedure.  A reputable plastic surgeon will want you to have the best results possible in your particular circumstances, rather than provide you with treatments that are not proven to work.

Certainly, the proponents of laser assisted liposuction would argue that this procedure is safe and painless, has less bleeding and bruising however it is also a controversial surgical technique due to the high risk of recognised serious complications, such as seroma, neuropraxia, contour irregularities and deformities, and burns due to a lack of acceptable internal temperature measurement. However, as with any surgical procedure, laser assisted liposuction could be considered safe and effective in qualified surgical hands.   It is not necessarily the technology, but rather who is at the other end of the cannula.

Dr Milovic will discuss the various Liposuction options with you during your first consultation. Make an appointment today at our Malvern, Melbourne or Deakin, Canberra clinic to start the discussion.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is it right for me?

    Liposuction is a very personal decision and you should have realistic goals and expectations before undergoing surgery. But if you are unhappy with the appearance of certain areas on your body because of excess fat, Dr Vlad will examine those areas during your initial consultation and evaluate how Liposuction can achieve an improvement and meet your goals and expectations.

  • Will I need anaesthesia?

    Liposuction is most often performed as a day procedure under general anaesthesia or twilight sedation and may require a hospital stay. The timing of the procedure will depend on the amount of fat being removed and how many areas are being treated.

    Modern anaesthesia is safe and effective, but does have some risks.   Ask Dr Vlad and your Anaesthetist for more information.  You can be assured that Dr Vlad will engage the services of a qualified Anaesthetist who is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and NZ College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) to perform your sedation or general anaesthesia.

    Dr Vlad and/or anaesthetist will ask you about all the medications you are taking or have taken, and any allergies you may have. Please make sure you have an up-to-date list before the surgery.

  • Will I have scarring?

    Although there will be minimal scarring, at the incision sites, scars are an inevitable part of any invasive surgery.  As a fully qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeon, Dr Vlad will endeavour to minimise scarring and to keep your scars as inconspicuous as possible. Scars will fade and become barely noticeable over time.

    If scarring is a concern for you after surgery, Dr Vlad will provide you with a scar treatment plan to expedite the healing of your scars.  There are several treatment options including silicone gel and laser.

    We have the Palomar® Artisan laser system, which is proven to give excellent results for scar reduction.   Laser offers a non-invasive solution that uses fractional laser technology to deliver rapid, reliable scar removal with minimal healing time, infection risk is virtually eliminated and little to no pain is felt.

  • Where will the surgery take place?

    Depending upon your general health and the extent of the procedure, Liposuction surgery is typically performed as a day procedure. Dr Vlad will only perform your Liposuction surgery in safe, accredited operating facilities. You can read more here.

  • What is the recovery period after Liposuction?

    Recovery time varies from patient to patient but you should take off at least2-3 days post-surgery and you should avoid lifting and bending. Most patients experience some degree of swelling and bruising but this will resolve within a few days. A compression garment will usually be recommended to support the treatment area.

  • What are the risks with Liposuction?

    As with all surgery there are risks and potential complications. Dr Vlad will discuss these with you prior to any surgery taking place.

  • What are the costs?

    Cost is always a consideration in elective surgery, but it should not be the only consideration. You have the right to be informed about the costs you can expect, before you have your surgery.  This is called ‘informed financial consent’.

    Costs associated with the procedure may include:

    • Dr Vlad’s surgical  fee
    • Accredited hospital or surgical facility costs
    • Anaesthesia fees
    • Prescriptions for medication
    • Post-surgery garments
    • Medical tests

    After your initial consultation with Dr Vlad, you will receive a written estimate of fees and an information pack to read before your second pre-surgery appointment. The second appointment is free of charge. Once you book your surgery, you will also see our Practice Nurse who will take your pre-operative photos.

    We welcome any questions you may have regarding fees.