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How many liposuction procedures are performed around the world each year?


Liposuction is a commonly-requested procedure in our Brisbane clinic, and this is reflective of worldwide interest in this procedure, according to figures released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in November 2018, which showed that 1,573,680 breast augmentations were performed internationally in 2017.

This procedure may be performed alongside faceliftbreast and abdominal surgery. Liposuction can also form part of gynaecomastiagender confirmation and thigh lift procedures.

Number of liposuction procedures performed annually

– Annual Global Aesthetic Survey, ISAPS 2017

liposuction surgery Brisbane and Ipswich

This makes liposuction the second most performed procedure in the world during 2017, closely behind breast augmentation surgery which was performed 1,677,320 times.

Liposuction is suitable for people who have achieved their ideal weight, have good skin elasticity and just have pockets of persistent fat that don’t respond to diet or exercise.

Areas of the body commonly treated by liposuction include the abdomen, flanks, upper and lower back, upper arms and double chin.

At Greenslopes Private Hospital and South Brisbane Day Hospital, Dr Sharp performs Vaser Liposuction. Read more about Vaser here.

Pictured left: before and 3 months after liposuction surgery with Dr Sharp to the upper arms. 

Liposuction surgery, while a commonly performed cosmetic procedure, requires careful consideration of various safety aspects. Patients should be well-informed about these considerations to make educated decisions:

1. Qualifications of the Surgeon: Ensure that the surgeon performing the liposuction is a qualified specialist plastic surgeon with the necessary credentials and experience. They should be registered with AHPRA and have a history of performing this procedure. Undergoing this procedure with a specialist plastic surgeon means they can also care for you in a private hospital if you have a complication or require inpatient stay, as they have admitting rights to regulated private facilities with dedicated critical care and plastic surgery wards.

2. Health Assessment and Medical History: A thorough pre-surgical evaluation is essential. This includes assessing the patient’s overall health, medical history, and any potential risk factors (such as heart conditions, BMI, blood clotting disorders or allergies) that could affect the surgery’s safety.

3. Understanding the Procedure and Its Risks: It’s crucial for patients to have a clear understanding of what liposuction entails, including the technique used, recovery process, and potential risks like infection, bleeding, anesthesia complications, and irregularities in skin contour.

4. Limitations of Fat Removal: There’s a safe limit to the amount of fat that can be removed in a single session. Over-extraction can lead to serious complications. Your surgeon will ascertain whether you have realistic expectation and the safety limits of fat removal for your specific case.

5. Post-Surgery Care and Monitoring: Follow the surgeon’s instructions for post-operative care diligently. This includes attending all follow-up appointments, adhering to guidelines on activity levels, wearing compression garments if advised, and monitoring for any signs of complications such as excessive swelling, pain, or signs of infection.

Remember, the decision to undergo liposuction should be made after a comprehensive consultation with the specialist plastic surgeon who is performing your procedure, and considering all safety aspects.


The above information is general in nature and does not constitute medical advice. All surgery carries benefits and risks, and we recommend visiting the specific page related to the procedure you are interested in to learn more.