Why Slim Lipo Over Conventional Liposuction?
Liposuction was first used in the 1920s by the French surgeon, Charles Dujarier. Since that time, the use of suction to remove fat and sculpt the body has progressed dramatically. Modern liposuction has evolved to drastically reduce previous post-surgical complications associated with liposuction.
Despite these improvements, patients are still always looking for non-surgical liposuction options that will provide comparable results. Slim Lipo was developed to bridge the gap between traditional liposuction and nonsurgical options.
Three of the main types of liposuction offered by Chelsea Cosmetics Melbourne are traditional liposuction and Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) and Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL) (SmartLipo or SlimLipo).
A Less Invasive Choice For Liposuction
Though it is still a surgical procedure and thus carries some risks, Slim Lipo is a far less invasive option than normal liposuction. This recent liposuction modality is becoming increasingly popular for those looking to sculpt and define their bodies.
- Less invasive than normal liposuction
- Decrease downtime after procedure with rapid recovery
- With the targeted approach, problems areas can be easily reduced within a few treatment sessions
Easier, Safer, Gentler – Slim Lipo
Conventional Liposuction can be risky. If the metal cannula used in the procedure has to be employed close to the skin, damage can occur due to interfering with the delicate blood supply to the skin. Such damage can cause a change in skin pigmentation or skin necrosis.
The gentler touch of Slim Lipo allows it to be used close to the skin to safely and effectively stimulate collagen production and improve skin quality and shrinking of loose skin… without the risks of conventional liposuction.
Gentle Treatment with Effective Results
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. 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 one of the best treatments to address excessive fat and sagging skin.
Improved Skin Retraction For Long-Lasting Results
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. As a result, over a period of 6 months, the skin fibres shrink, with full retraction achieved in 9 months.
Reduced Recovery Time Without Sacrificing Results
The downtime after conventional liposuction is usually about 3-4 weeks of discomfort and bruising; the down time after Slim Lipo is only from 3-4 days, with some patients able to go back to work as quickly as 2 days post-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 a large volume of fat and can achieve the desired results with less discomfort and downtime.
So What Is Traditional Liposuction?
Liposuction is a process of forcibly sucking the fat out of the body using negative pressure by suction machine and breaking the fat cells using a metal tube called a “cannula”.
Traditional or conventional liposuction is the original method of performing liposuction procedures and is still very popular among cosmetic surgeons. Traditional liposuction involves the creation of incisions over fat deposits, into which a cannula is inserted to break up and remove the fat from the body.
This procedure, which initially involved a higher rate of post-surgery complications, has been revisited and revitalised with the invention of tumescent anaesthesia. Tumescent anaesthesia is a mixture of a large volume of saline, local anaesthetic and adrenaline.
The benefits of using tumescent anaesthesia over local anaesthesia during liposuction procedures is that tumescent anaesthesia shrinks the blood vessels under the skin and helps to minimise blood loss during the procedure, from some 50 – 60% using the old procedure down to 1%. This also allows for a quicker recovery time.
Problem areas that can be addressed with liposuction
Traditional liposuction is suited for patients with a large volume of fat to be removed; however, patients with mild to moderate skin laxity are advised by Dr Attalla to undergo another method of liposuction such as Slim Lipo. It should also be kept in mind that traditional liposuction involves a longer recovery time than other methods.
- Suitable for large volume fat removal
- Addition of tumescent anaesthesia – improved process and reduced recovery time
- Longer recovery time than other fat reduction methods
How’s About PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction)?
PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction) is a modernised version of liposuction, also performed using tumescent anaesthesia. PAL involves the cannula being connected to a motorised handpiece which sends micro-vibrations down through the cannula and into the subcutaneous fat beneath the skin. These vibrations gently loosen the fat, making the suction process easier and resulting in less tissue trauma than traditional liposuction.
The benefits of the PAL method of liposuction include;
- less scarring and bruising post-surgery,
- ease of use and greater control over the cannula by the surgeon
- shorter surgery and recovery period
The smaller size of the cannula also allows the PAL method to be used on areas of the body which are more difficult to sculpt, such as the inner thighs and male breast area.
Similar to traditional liposuction, PAL is also a good choice for a patient with a large volume of fat to be removed, but it is not suitable for those with moderate skin laxity.
- Suitable for large volume fat removal
- Less scarring and bruising post-surgery
- Greater surgical control
- Able to be used on a wider range of areas
Non Surgical Liposuction
Could CoolSculpting be Right for You?
For those wishing to avoid surgical procedures altogether, there are non-invasive fat removal processes available. Modalities such as coolsculpting (where a machine freezes fat cells), or fat dissolving injections (where a solution is injected in the fatty area to dissolve fat) can fulfil this need for clients.
Precision Body Contouring With Vaser Lipo
If you’ve struggled with weight gain, and exercise and diet just haven't given you the transformation you’d like, VASER lipo® can help. VASER lipo uses a precise, minimally invasive liposuction technology that produces visible results in just one procedure. Additionally, the technology provides many benefits versus traditional liposuction treatments.
The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. It’s powerful enough to eliminate substantial areas of fat but gentle enough to treat delicate areas such as the neck and arms. VASER lipo is clinically proven to produce even results in treated areas, leaving your skin smoother and your body contours enhanced.
Key benefits of VASER lipo:
- Produce visible results in a single procedure
- Easily remove large amounts of stored fat
- Can result in smoother skin, even in delicate areas like the arms and neck
- Helps refine and accentuate the appearance of muscles.
So Which One Is The Best For You?
Chelsea Cosmetics specialise in body contouring, offering liposuction as part of our range of professional cosmetic procedures in the heart of Melbourne. Our experienced team is passionate about helping you find the right treatment options for you to achieve the results you want. Contact us today for a complimentary assessment with Dr. Attalla.
Terms and Conditions
- Valid for ages 18 and over
- Not recommended if you are allergic or sensitive to biomaterials
- If you have severe ptosis or a great deal of excess skin, consult your doctor
- Results will vary for each person
- Timing of procedure to be agreed upon between patient and practitioner
- Recommended only for patients who fully understand the treatment and the risks of the treatment
- Not suitable for those who are pregnant, breast feeding, have neuromuscular disease, Bell’s palsy, or any active skin disease
“Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from another appropriately qualified health practitioner.”
Why Choose Chelsea Cosmetics?
Most Advanced Technologies
We always look for the most advanced technology all over the world and we pioneered Stem cells/ fat transplant, Skin Mesotherapy gun and Plasma pen fibroblast treatment.
Dr Mark Attalla has a 20 years of surgical experience in cosmetic surgery. All the patients are examined well for their suitability for surgeries and all the required tests are done before surgery.
We also pride ourselves with keeping up to date with the ever changing cosmetic industry. Continuous learning is the only way we can provide the latest and most effective procedures.
How it Works
The procedure is done under sedation, lowering the patient’s stress before and during surgery. Local anaesthesia is injected at the site so that a small nick can be made in the skin, where the tumescent anaesthesia is then injected 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 the 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.
- Unrealistic expectation.
- 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:
- Complications do not pose a threat to the patient’s life or affect their bodily functions or interfere with their work ability.
- Complications cover temporary bruising, seroma, allergic reactions to drugs, irregularities of the skin or unevenness and hematomas.
- Less common side effects include necrotizing fasciitis, infection and local Anaesthesia risks
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Most Popular FAQs
Slim Lipo™ body shaping is a groundbreaking treatment that makes use of “fat-melting” laser wavelength know-how driven by a method called Slim Lipo™. Small incisions are made with the help of laser technology which aims at melting the accumulated fat at the targeted area. It’s a very quick process and would reward you with a slim looking body that too with very little turnaround time.
The results have been absolutely amazing, our client has seen results which have been very overwhelming with reduction of fat almost everywhere which are permanent if proper lifestyle and diet is followed. The result may vary from patient to patient, therefore it is wise to get in touch with the consultant and discuss their case in length.
During your consultation with Dr Attalla, a full examination will be made and a discussion of your medical history will take place. Dr Attalla will then discuss whether liposuction is the best option for you, outline the different types of liposuction offered by Chelsea Cosmetics, describe the procedure, and inform you of the price and side effects involved with liposuction. You are encouraged to ask as many questions as you like regarding the procedure during your consultation. Before you leave the clinic, our staff will provide you with a folder containing more information as well as a referral for a blood test, which is required if you decide to go ahead with the procedure.
Firstly, the patient is sedated in order to minimise stress before and during surgery. Then tumescent anaesthesia is used to numb the area requiring treatment. Tumescent anaesthesia is diluted local anaesthesia which expands the tissues, shrinks the blood vessels and contains antibacterial elements, resulting in less discomfort after the surgery and a more efficient recovery process. Up to four or five small incisions are made in the skin, and a suction cannula is used to extract the fat deposits from under the skin.
It is advisable to get in touch with Slim Lipo physician who would examine you and would be in a position to let you know whether it suits you and what would be the results. 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.
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.
Usually the procedure takes from 4-6 hours from the start of the procedure, depending on the size and number of areas done. Minimum time frame for lipo/ slim lipo procedure is 2 hours
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.
Slim Lipo has been designed while keeping in mind the perfection as well as the comfort of the client. Therefore, generally, the patient only feels a little warmth on while the treatment. This procedure gives due weight age to the comfort and sensitivity of the client. 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.
Like any surgical procedure, during the recovery period it is common to feel tenderness or soreness in the treated area. However, recovery from liposuction is very rapid, and some of Dr Attalla’s patients have been able to return to work the day after surgery.
A compression garment is worn on the treated area for 4-6 weeks, which is used to minimise the chances of bruising and swelling and support the treated tissues throughout the recovery process.
The surgical incisions usually heal within 7-10 days with minimal scarring, and our patients can begin light exercise within one week and return to a normal exercise regime within 2-3 weeks.
Slim Lipo can be performed both in an operating room or an office setting depending upon the physician’s preference. 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.
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.
Yes, Slim Lipo may be appropriate for heavier patient however it is advisable to undertake a weight loss program to get good results. Our slim liposuction physician will be able to examine you and will be able to formulate a plan which would help you lose weight before you start the treatment.
Any drugs that can increase bleeding may cause liposuction complications such a hematoma (a large collection of blood trapped beneath the skin). Chelsea Cosmetics will provide detailed information prior to any appointments.
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.
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:
- Upper Arms
- Abdomen (upper and lower)
- Back bra bulge
- Front bra bulge
- Love handles
- Inner knees
- Thighs (inner and outer)
- Gynaecomastia for men
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Yes, Slim Lipo is both for men and women and have shown excellent results on men by removing stubborn unwanted fat. The most common problem area for men has been chest and stomach.
Yes, Slim Lipo can be conducted on patients who have already undergone Liposuction. In fact, due to skin irregularities caused due to liposuction, Slim Lipo can help in providing corrective measures by melting the remaining unwanted fat and thereby providing a tightening effect.
Since Slim Lipo treatment is a surgical treatment, therefore, comes with some minor risk which can be discussed with our slim liposuction physician. After weighing the risk and benefits you can come to a consensus
- Traditional liposuction or Power assisted liposuction $2990 per area (based on the BMI and size of the areas)
- Vaser Lipo $3200 per area
- Laser Lipo $3500 per area
For the following areas: Upper abdomen Lower abdomen Love handles (both sides) Upper bra fold (both sides) Lower bra fold (both sides) Anterior arm (both sides) Posterior arm (both sides) Front of the thigh (both sides) Outer thighs (both sides) Inner thighs (both sides) Back of the thigh (both sides) Inner knees (both sides) Inner legs (both sides) Outer legs (both sides) Back of the legs (both sides) Ankle area (both sides) Chin