Welcome to Chelsea Cosmetics, Melbourne Slim Lipo Treatment Clinic.
Why Slim lipo over conventional Liposuction?
Slim Lipo is a safer option
Liposuction is a process of forcibly sucking fat out of the body using negative pressure by suction machine and breaking the fat cells using metal tube called “Cannula”.
Conventional Liposuction can be quite risky when metal cannula is used close to the skin as that could cause skin damage by damaging the blood supply of the skin and that could cause pigmentation of the skin or skin necrosis. On the other hand we use Slim Lipo close to the skin safely to stimulate collagen production and improve skin quality and shrinking of loose skin.
With conventional Liposuction, the cannula has to be pushed forcibly into the body and that could cause damage to important structures like muscles, blood vessels and nerves while with Slim lipo the probe is pushed gently into the fat layer and the laser does its magic in dissolving the unwanted fat and tighten the loose skin at the same time.
Slim lipo has dual laser wave length, one wave length targets fat specifically and the other wave length targets the skin. This makes Slim lipo simply is one of the best treatments to excessive fat and sagging skin.
Slim lipo and skin retraction
Slim lipo is one of the best methods to achieve good skin retraction for people with sagging skin after weight loss or giving birth. Skin retraction improves gradually over a period of 6-9 month after the procedure. Slim lipo has laser wave length that selectively targets the collagen producing cells in the skin dermis and over a period of 6 month the skin fibres shrink and full retraction is achieved in 9 month.
Slim lipo and downtime
The downtime after conventional liposuction is usually about 3-4 weeks of discomfort and bruising while after slim lipo down time is only from 3-4 days, some clients can go back to work in 2 days after the procedure.
Sometimes no matter how much we exercise or how well we eat, there are parts of our body that just don’t change. With slim lipo and PAL system we can safely remove large volume of fat and can achieve the desired results with less discomfort and downtime.
The first step is to call our friendly staff and book a one on one consultation with our cosmetic surgeon Dr. Mark Attalla
During the consultation we will discuss your full medical history in details and will thoroughly examine you.
After examination the doctor will advise you on the suitability of the procedure, set the right expectations for the outcome, discuss with you the procedure in details and other available alternative options and we encourage you to ask as much questions as you want during the consultation to have a good idea about the procedure and to be rest assured that you make the right decision also the doctor will discuss the side effects in details and the costs involved.
Before you leave the clinic our friendly staff will give you a folder that contains a hard copy of more information about the procedure and referral for blood test that you can use should you decide to go ahead with the procedure.
The procedure is done under sedation and that lowers the patient’s stress before and during surgery. The skin is injected with local anaesthesia and then a small nick in skin, and then tumescent is injected under the skin to numb the whole area. The laser is used first under the skin to melt the fat and tightens the skin and then power assisted suction (PAL) is used gently under the skin where the cannula vibrates and breaks the remaining fat without using any power force.
PAL has much stronger power to remove more fat from the patient than conventional liposuction without the need to use any man power force.
After the procedure the patient should wear a compression garment for 4 weeks. The garment is designed to support the tissues and to minimise the chances of bruising and swelling.
Tumescent anaesthesia is a large volume of diluted local anaesthesia that has the advantage of numbing the liposuction area and at the same time it shrinks the blood vessels which minimises the discomfort during the surgery and any chance of bleeding after the surgery.
Recovery is very rapid. It is quite common to sense some tenderness and some patients could resume work the very next day. A compression garment will be worn on treated section for 4-6 weeks.
While results may differ for each patient they cannot be guaranteed. On consultation Dr Attalla will be able to advise you if you are a good candidate for the Slim Lipo procedure.
Patients that have undergone crash dieting prior to the treatment.
Morbid Obesity (mega non-surgical liposuction controversial due to higher risk of mortality from fluid shifts)
Anaesthesia (allergy to the medications)
Patients with history of bad scarring or keloids
Minor & Common Complications:
Negligible complications do not pose a threat to the patient’s life or affect their bodily functions or interfere with their work ability.
Trivial complications cover Temporary bruising, Seroma, allergic reactions to drugs, irregularities of the skin or unevenness and hematomas.
Less common side effects includes necrotising fasciitis, infection and local Anaesthesia risks
How large is the small incisions?
Usually we make 4-5 small nicks in the skin and it is about 3 mm wide and usually it heals within a week to ten days with hardly any marks after a few months of recovery.
When could we start to exercise?
The patient can start light exercise in one week and can return to full exercise in 2-3 weeks.
How Do I know if this treatment is correct for me?
During your initial consultation with your Slim Lipo specialist you will be assessed to determine if you are the best candidate for it. Assessment may vary from one patient to another.
How long does Slim Lipo Procedure take?
During your consultation with Dr Attalla, you will be advised on the procedure time frame. He will assess the concerned area/s and depending on the number of areas and the size of each area the time frame will be advised. Dr Attalla will also answer any queries you may have.
Minimum time frame for lipo/ slim lipo procedure is 2 hours
How many treatments do I need?
One treatment is usually enough for a given area. In very rare occasions a redo procedure will be required within 6 month from the initial surgery.
How does the process feel like?
Normally patients experience little discomfort after or during the procedure depending on the patient pain tolerance. Expected swelling after the procedure due to the fluid injected in the area and for two weeks after the procedure as a part of the healing process. It is advised to stop taking fish oil and Aspirin two weeks before surgery date to avoid chances of bruising. Slight warmth may be felt during the treatment.
What is the recovery time?
Following the procedure most of our patients resume regular activities the next day. Slight bruising may be noticed around the incision sites which may result in recovery taking few weeks. Compression garments may be worn around the treated areas as per the surgeon’s recommendation. You may ask your surgeon any questions you may have about what expectations during recovery period
Where does the procedure get performed?
This procedure is performed at our practice under local anaesthetic. The procedure can be done in day surgery or in the procedure room depending on the amount of fat removed and if the patient requested the procedure done under general rather doing it under local anaesthesia.
Can slim lipo fix my skin irregularity after previous conventional liposuction?
Patients that may have had skin irregularities due to traditional liposuction can be ideal candidates for Slim Lipo. Laser body sculpting can eliminate stubborn fat by melting it; create sleek contours, even out dimples and dents.
Can heavier patients take up Slim Lipo?
Heavier patients may undergo Slim Lipo. People with substantial weight may have to undergo a weight loss program before the treatment. Your Slim Lipo specialist will assess you to see if you are suitable for a Slim Lipo treatment
Drugs which I need to stop prior to the procedure?
Any drugs that can increase bleeding may cause liposuction complications such a hematoma (a large collection of blood trapped beneath the skin). Common drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen and warfarin (Coumadin) too can affect normal clotting of blood. Fish oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin E at times remedies which are herbal can result into prolonged bleeding too.
What else can Slim lipo treat?
We have found slim lipo very effective in treating other conditions like multiple lipomas which is a hereditary condition where patients present with multiple lumps all over the body; also we found it is very effective in treating axillary hyperhydrosis where patient sweat more than usual under arms when they feel hot or stressed.
Slim lipo can selectively and safely damage the sweat gland and can clear the problem in a one or in rare conditions two sessions maximum.
Slim lipo is not claimed as a treatment for cellulite by itself but we had very good results with our patients who had slim lipo that they noticed great improvement in their cellulite.
Which parts of my body can be treated?
Almost any part of your body “for males and females” which may have particularly stubborn fat deposits can be treated with Slim Lipo laser body sculpting.
However, the most common areas include:
Abdomen (upper and lower)
Back bra bulge
Front bra bulge
Thighs (inner and outer)
Gynaecomastia for men
When I will have my post operative review?
We would like to see you on the 3rd day of the procedure for massaging the slim lipo area to improve the lymphatic drainage and minimise the swelling and bruising.
2nd post surgical review is on 7th day when we remove the stitches and massage the area one more time.
3rd review is on 4th weeks after surgery where we take photos and review progress of the results.
How long does the procedure take?
Usually the procedure takes from 4-6 hours from the start of the procedure, depending on the size and number of areas done.
Why wear a compression garment?
Following surgery and as part of your recovery, it will be necessary for you to wear a medical grade compression garment for 4-6 weeks. The compression garment will aid your recovery from the side effects of surgery, including bruising, swelling and general discomfort. It will also help to ease some pain as well. Compression garments benefit wearers by:
- Significantly reducing oedema by compressing and flushing potentially harmful body fluids away from the skin.
- Minimising bruising by compression on small blood vessels and capillaries.
- Reducing the possible risk of infection as potentially harmful fluids are not allowed to accumulate.
- Aiding general body contouring and skin retraction by firm compression of the skin during the healing process.
- Improved comfort by compression provided support.
How long do I need to wear a compression garment for?
Due to different surgical procedures and recovery periods you may need to wear your compression garment for some time following surgery. On average this will be for a minimum of three weeks and as you will be expected to wear your garment 24 hours a day it is recommended you purchase 2 garments so that one can be washed and air dried whilst you wear the other. We recommend wearing the garment for 2 weeks 24/7 then in the next two weeks you can wear it as long as you can. This is extremely important in order to ensure the best possible surgical outcome.
While we’ve attempted to answer the most common questions in this article, you can always reach out to our team of experts on (03) 8822 3472 or at email@example.com.
You can book for free consultation with our specialist or dermal therapist.
We work from 9 am – 5 pm Tuesday to Friday and from 9 am – 1 pm on Saturday.
Why should you choose Chelsea Cosmetics for Slim lipo?
Dr. Mark Attalla has more than 8 years of experience using Slim lipo and we have achieved very good results and safer outcome. We highly recommend it for a safer and less down time alternative to traditional liposuction.
Surgery cost will be discussed during your initial consultation. Our prices are competitive with no hidden costs and with the highest quality of service and care. Prices include, GST, a medical garment, your initial consultation and all your after surgery follow up visits
We have great deals for people having more than one area.
To contact Dr Mark Attalla “our Slim lipo specialist” please call Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne on (03) 8822 3472 and book your consultation today