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Liposuction is the surgical removal of unwanted fat deposits from specific areas of the body, most commonly on the stomach, flanks, love handles, double chin, upper arms, knees, hips and thighs. Dr Sharp is currently the only qualified plastic surgeon in Brisbane with a Vaser liposuction machine exclusively for his patients’ use at South Bank Day Hospital. Dr Sharp performs liposuction using state of the art power or ultrasound-assisted liposuction technology in both Brisbane and Ipswich. Liposuction is not a substitute for weight loss; it is however an effective method of removing local deposits of fatty tissue that do not respond to diet or exercise. Liposuction may be performed as a primary procedure for body contouring or combined with other procedures such as facelift, abdominoplasty, breast augmentation or thigh lift to achieve more contoured, smooth results and tighten loose skin.

Vaser liposuction in Brisbane – exclusive to Dr Sharp’s patients at South Bank Day Hospital

Dr Sharp is the only qualified plastic surgeon with a Vaser liposuction machine in Brisbane. VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. It is an ultrasonic machine that uses powerful ultrasound waves to disrupt the bonds between fat cells and deliver optimal results.

Am I a good candidate for liposuction?

The best candidates for liposuction are patients who have achieved a healthy, normal weight – but still have stubborn excess fat in specific body areas. Individuals with poor skin tone, medical problems, obesity, or unrealistic expectations may not be candidates for liposuction. Having firm, healthy skin will result in a better final result after liposuction. Skin that is loose, thin or has diminished tone due to stretch marks, weight loss, or natural aging will not reshape itself to the new contours and may require surgical excision to remove and tighten.

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How is Vaser liposuction different?

Vaser allows your surgeon to remove fat with ease and precision, while causing less trauma to surrounding tissues than traditional forms of liposuction. In the right candidates, the heat generated by the ultrasonic technology can also cause some residual skin tightening.

In addition to Vaser liposuction in Brisbane at South Bank Day Hospital, Dr Sharp also uses other high quality, power-assisted liposuction technology, such as ‘Tickle’ liposuction at Greenslopes Private Hospital and St Andrews Private Hospital at Ipswich.

To learn more about Vaser technology, book a consultation with Dr Sharp for Vaser liposuction in Brisbane or send us a message via our chat window.

What does liposuction surgery involve?

A small incision (3-5mm wide) is made, and a blunt cannula is inserted. The area is infiltrated with fluid that contains local anaesthetic, adrenaline, and saline. Modern liposuction technology usually involves either ultrasound or ‘power assisted’ removal of the fat, so the surrounding tissues aren’t traumatised as much as they were in the past, resulting in less pain and recovery time than traditional liposuction. Ultrasonic Vaser liposuction technology is praised for being particularly precise and gentle when removing targeted fat and preventing damage to surrounding tissues. When the sculpting is completed, a small stitch is placed in the cannula entry point. Liposuction takes 30-60 minutes depending on how many areas are treated. Vaser liposuction in Brisbane can also be performed with other procedures such as abdominoplasty surgery, breast augmentation with fat grafting or facelift surgery.



Scroll down to read more about liposuction surgery with Dr Sharp, after the image gallery.

above: before and six months after liposuction surgery with Dr Sharp

above: before and six months after liposuction surgery with Dr Sharp

before and after surgery with Dr Sharp

before and after surgery with Dr Sharp

before and after surgery with Dr Sharp

Liposuction results: what to expect

Everyone’s body responds differently to liposuction, and while most patients achieve a pleasing reduction in pockets of fat from their first treatment, sometimes subsequent treatments are required, especially for patients with significant fat deposits. It’s important to consider this when factoring in further treatment to smooth and refine your results; and the emotional and financial costs of subsequent surgery.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction?

  • ESubmental (double chin) fat and neck
  • EUpper back and bra strap bulge
  • EFlanks
  • ELove handles
  • EUpper and lower abdomen
  • EThighs
  • EButtocks
  • EKnees and ankles
  • EUpper arms
  • EBuffalo hump (upper back fatty deposit) - in some cases this is considered medically required and rebates may apply

Liposuction and fat grafting

Patients also often ask if the liposuctioned fat can be injected into other parts of the body, or ‘fat grafted’. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy case of safely taking large amounts of stomach fat and using it to build significantly bigger breasts. This is because liposuction technology aims to remove the maximum amount of fat with the least amount of physical damage to surrounding tissues, and so the best way to do that is to break down the fat as much as possible before extracting it. This damages the fat cells and inhibits their ability to regrow when transplanted into another area; so it’s not considered to be ‘good quality’ harvested fat, and increases the chance of fat death or complications such as fat necrosis. 

When Dr Sharp performs fat grafting to subtly enhance parts of the face or body, he uses special fat harvesting apparatus to strategically extract small quantities of good quality fat, with minimal disruption to the actual fat cells. In the case of facial fat grafting, the fat is then put through a process that creates tiny ‘nano’ fat that can be injected into the face. Liposuction is all about volume of fat, whereas fat grafting is all about quality of fat.

Fat grafting can be used to revolumise the face, improve contour irregularities, correct breast asymmetry, or soften out the appearance of breast implants, creating a more natural look and covering visible implant rippling.

Fat grafting can also be performed at the same time as Vaser liposuction in Brisbane.

Cost of Vaser liposuction in Brisbane

Vaser liposuction starts at about $6,500 in total for one small area (eg double chin) or $9,000 for a standard area (eg abdomen), but a consultation is required to provide a tailored quote, based on the number of areas to be treated and surgical time required.

Are liposuction results permanent?

We all have a fixed number of fat cells in our body; when we gain weight, we don’t grow more fat cells, just the pre-existing fat cells become enlarged. So, when liposuction removes fat cells, they’re gone forever. Liposuction doesn’t however stop the remaining fat cells from getting bigger if you put on weight, so in that way, liposuction results are only permanent if your weight remains stable. Liposuction will not improve the quality or elasticity of the skin, and recurrence of skin looseness will occur at some time in the future.

Liposuction in combination with abdominoplasty, breast augmentation or reduction and facelift surgery

Liposuction is often paired with abdominoplasty, thigh reduction, breast augmentation/reduction or facelift surgery to contour the area and refine results. Vaser liposuction in Brisbane can also be combined with abdominoplasty, breast augmentation or facelift surgery. Generally, liposuction can be performed in combination with most other procedures, so sometimes a patient having another procedure will also take the opportunity to have a small pocket of stubborn fat liposuctioned while they are under general anaesthetic as well, to reduce the number of general anaesthetics and time off work required for two separate operations. Talk to your surgeon about whether combination liposuction is appropriate for you.

Recovery from Vaser liposuction

You will need to wear a compression garment for at least six weeks after surgery. You may choose to take one to two weeks off work or your usual daily activities while bruising and superficial swelling subsides, as only light duties can be performed during the first six weeks after Vaser liposuction. After six weeks, normal activities can gradually be resumed in small increments, such as exercise or gym workouts. Strictly adhering to postoperative instructions will ensure optimal recovery and results. Deeper swelling can take up to six months to fully subside. You can discuss any further concerns relating to your individual circumstances or needs during your consultation for Vaser liposuction in Brisbane with Dr Sharp.

Risks of liposuction surgery

As with all surgery, liposuction carries risks – which must be weighed up against potential benefits when holistically considering this procedure. There are certain things that you and your surgeon can do to help reduce these risks, and Dr Sharp follows best practice when it comes to all aspects of patient care, but sometimes unavoidable complications still occur. It isn’t just important to consider the financial and recovery cost of potential complications; it’s also worthwhile to consider the impact on your emotional wellbeing and body image should these occur. Potential risks include:

  • EHealing issues
  • EBleeding
  • EInfection
  • EScarring
  • EFirmness and changes in skin sensation
  • ESkin contour irregularities
  • ESkin discoloration
  • EPersistent swelling
  • ESkin Sensitivity
  • EDamage to deeper structures