Liposuction Melbourne / Slim Lipo
Why Slim Lipo Over Conventional Liposuction?
Chelsea Cosmetics specialise in body contouring, offering liposuction as part of our range of professional cosmetic procedures in the heart of Melbourne. Two of the main types of liposuction offered by Chelsea Cosmetics are traditional liposuction and PAL (Power Assisted Liposuction).
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 hollow tube called 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.
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.
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, and both a 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 is not suitable for those with moderate skin laxity.
Precision Body Contouring
If you’ve struggled with weight gain, and exercise and diet just haven’t given you the dramatic transformation you’d like, VASER lipo® can help. VASER lipo uses a precise, minimally invasive liposuction technology that produces eye-catching results in just one procedure and 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. VASERlipo is clinically proven to produce even results in treated areas, leaving your skin smooth and your body beautifully contoured.
Key benefits of VASER lipo:
- Produce eye-catching results in a single procedure
- Easily remove large amounts of stored fat
- Smooth skin even in delicate areas like the arms and neck
- Refine and accentuate the appearance of muscles
Slim Lipo is a safer option
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 metal tube called “Cannula”. Conventional Liposuction can be quite risky when the metal cannula is used close to the skin as that could cause skin damage by damaging the blood supply to 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 months, the skin fibres shrink and full retraction is achieved in 9 months.
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 a large volume of fat and can achieve the desired results with less discomfort and downtime.
Slim Lipo Laser Lipolysis System
Slim Lipo laser lipolysis system is one of the most convenient methods to get rid of unwanted fat. It makes use of the laser wavelength that melts and liquidities unwanted fat so that it can be easily removed with the use of suction devise.
One of the biggest consequences of the traditional liposuction procedure has been sagging, however with the use of Slim Lipo laser liposuction in Melbourne takes this into consideration and makes sure that after the procedure, the client does not suffer from sagging and if any, it can be taken care of. Other than that, it also smoothly contoured surface making it look more even and radiant.
Following are few of the general indications and contraindication which involves in traditional liposuction.
Liposuction is a procedure which helps in reducing the unwanted fat which has been deposited due to various reason, one being genetic susceptibility. A typical case for liposuction could be a candidate having areas of fatty deposits that are well localised and in many cases genetically prone to it.
Slim Lipo includes lipoma removal and axillary hyperhidrosis is two other situations which may be treated with the help of liposuction in Melbourne procedure.
Tumescent Liposuction could be beneficial in other cases like lipoma removal and axillary hyperhidrosis.
- Impractical patient outlooks/Unrealistic patient expectations
- False or immediate results immediately before the consultation due to crash dieting
- Poor physical health of the client
- Morbid obesity (mega liposuction controversial due to higher risk of mortality from fluid shifts)
Slim Liposuction can be performed under general or local anaesthesia:
Risks of General Anaesthesia
One of the most threatening facets of general anaesthesia is respiratory depression and impairment of protective airway reflexes. General anaesthesia can become unsafe due to:
- human error
- unsuspected inherited hypersensitivity to aesthetic drugs
- accidental overdose of the drug
- unsuspected airway blockages or airway disconnections
It can also increase the possibility of vomiting and damage protective airway reflexes and could also lead to aspiration of stomach contents.
Due to the harm general anaesthesia can cause to the ability to breathe, when a complication does occur it can lead to a disaster.
Tumescent anaesthesia is an alternate form of anaesthesia which is a lot safer for patients.
New and advanced techniques in terms on delivering anesthesia is been made use of, one of them is Tumescent Anesthesia which helps in delivering local anesthesia that enhances safety as it leads to tissue expansion and high anesthetic dilution in order to attain widespread regional anesthesia of skin and hypodermal tissue. This leads to resulting swollen and firm tissue. The very dilute lidocaine and epinephrine are penetrated which is administered in order to achieve more or less the same result without undergoing the risk of intrinsic risks of local anesthesia and blood loss.
The small cannula form tunnels in the intravenous tissue and permit for more operative and less distressing fat removal than the large cannula.
This new and advanced tumescent liposuction technique leads to lesser bleeding as compared to the older liposuction techniques. As a result, there is a loss of only 12 mL of whole blood per liter of unwanted fat extracted during the tumescent liposuction in Melbourne process which is less than 1%.
Risks of Local Anaesthesia
The safest choice in local anaesthetics for liposuction is Lidocaine. Patients may experience some toxicity, if Lidocaine levels in the blood stream surpass 6 milligrams/litre
Common & Minor Complications of Liposuction
Negligible complications do not pose a threat to the patient’s life or affect their bodily functions or interfere with their ability to work.
Trivial complications cover
- focalskin necrosis
- allergic reactions to drugs
- irregularities of the skin
- visible or disfiguring scars
- temporary bruising
- discoloration of the skin
- numbness or nerve injury
- fainting during or after surgery
- temporary adverse drug reactions
However, there is a very thin chance of even minor complications with Slim Lipo as opposed to traditional liposuction.
Rare & Severe Complications
Serious complications are very rare in case of localanaesthetic compared to general anaesthetic and even fewer with Slim Lipo than with traditional liposuction.
The more severe complications cover
- blood clots in the leg or lung
- injury to the abdominal organs
- excessive intravenous fluids
- excessive blood loss
- excessive loss of body heat (hypothermia)
- allergic drug reactions
- aspiration pneumonia (most likely under general anaesthesia)
- cardiac arrest and potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias
- permanent nerve damage
- brain damage due to lack of oxygen under general anaesthesia
If you want to undergo a liposuction in Melbourne, 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.
The very first consultation with the Slim Lipo physician is very important as you get to a medical condition and the course of the procedure. During this meeting, your consultant will be able to access whether Slim Lipo is actually advisable for you and if yes, what will be the results and how much the entire procedure would cost.
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 many 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 a blood test that you can use should you decide to go ahead with the procedure.
During the Procedure
As discussed above, we at Chelsea cosmetics makes use of Slim Lipo which is quite different from the traditional anesthesia process, therefore the client might not have to undergo discomfort as in the traditional anesthesia process, however, slight pinching may be felt with no “ripping” and “tearing” rough experiences. It normally depends upon the pain taking the ability of the client; however, most patients have reported of feeling nothing other than just a slight balminess.
When local anaesthesia is delivered, patients may experience mild pinching and soreness. Unlike traditional liposuction, Slim Lipo body sculpting system treats with a precision laser technology; which is why there is very little or no ‘ripping’ or ‘tearing’. During this procedure only mild warmth can be felt which is quite comfortable.
With Slim Lipo, not only the result is amazing but the recovery is also very fast. In most cases, patients experience a slight redness and soreness which does not really hurt and the patient can start with regular activities the very next day.in order to get safeguard the treated areas from any injury it is advisable to wear a compression garment. The results may differ from person to person, therefore, it is advisable to get in touch with the consultant to get a brief idea about the results.
Recovery is very rapid. It is quite common to sense some tenderness and most patients resume work the very next day. Occasionally a compression garment may be worn on the treated section for a few days.
While results may differ for each patient they cannot be guaranteed. On consultation our physicians will be able to advise you if you are the best candidate for Slim Lipo.
If you have any further questions about liposuction, please contact the friendly staff at Chelsea Cosmetics by filling out the enquiry form on this page, and we will get back to promptly.
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