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For patients who are struggling with excess fat despite a healthy diet and exercise routine, liposuction may be a suitable treatment option.

Liposuction removes fat tissue from the body. The procedure is often combined with other cosmetic surgeries. Dr Jeremy Richardson will discuss the requirements to help you decide on a treatment option that suits your body and goals.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgical procedure that removes excess subcutaneous fat deposits from the body using a small, thin tube attached to a suction machine. The procedure can reduce fat tissue by suctioning the fat from the body through small incisions. Common treatment areas include the abdomen, hips, back, chin, arms, and legs.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Prior to surgery, you will need to have an initial meeting with us to discuss your health and goals. We will discuss your medical history, aesthetic concerns, and expectations.

Generally, suitable candidates are men or women who are concerned about fat deposits in certain areas of the body. The procedure is not a replacement for weight loss or a balanced lifestyle, but it is suitable for patients who have pockets of fat that cannot be removed easily. As a result, patients should be at a stable and healthy weight before seeking a body contouring procedure.

The Procedure

Every patient has unique body goals and requirements, so the procedure may vary for each individual. The surgery involves the use of a general anaesthetic and typically takes one to two hours. However, the duration can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and whether you choose to combine it with another procedure.

During the surgery, Dr Richardson will target the areas of concern, which usually include the arms, thighs, hips, stomach, back, and neck. Small incisions will be made, and a cannula will be inserted to break up the fat tissue, making it easier to remove. A suction device will then be used to extract the fat from the body. Finally, Dr Richardson will close the incisions and apply dressings to the area.

Cost of Liposuction

Given that every patient has different needs and goals, fees can vary widely. The total fee for the procedure will be based on a number of factors, such as hospital fees, anaesthesia, and aftercare. It will also depend on which areas are being addressed and how much fat tissue is being removed. Dr Richardson will answer your questions during your consultation, which will give you an idea of how much the surgery will cost overall.

Your Personal Consultation

Request a Consultation

Your personal consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, dedicated to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your physical concerns and goals
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Receive a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team who will support you through your journey


If you have undergone liposuction, you will experience some pain, swelling, and discomfort. Additionally, the treated areas may have bruising and tenderness. However, with proper care, these side effects should gradually heal over time. Before you leave, Dr Richardson will provide you with instructions on how to aid your body in the healing process. This may involve advice on various strategies, such as:

  • Take prescribed medication and wear your support garments
  • Avoid smoking, since this can increase your risks
  • Reduce your activity levels and take time off work
  • Avoid putting pressure on your treatment areas

Depending on your treatment areas, most patients can expect the following during their recovery:

  • Mild pain, swelling, and bruising for the first few days
  • Return to work after one to two weeks
  • Return to exercise and strenuous activities after six to eight weeks
  • Swelling should fully subside after about three months

Risks and Complications

Every procedure comes with some risks, and liposuction is no exception. If you are thinking about having a body contouring procedure, you should be aware of both the risks and benefits. Risks of liposuction can include:

  • Ongoing pain and swelling
  • Slow or poor healing
  • Infection
  • Uneven skin surface
  • Scarring
  • Damage to underlying tissues
  • Unwanted results

Patients should follow Dr Richardson’s instructions to reduce their risks and promote healing.

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