Slim Liposuction

Oct 14, 2015
Chelsea Cosmetics

Slim Liposuction in Melbourne

General Indications and Contraindications of Liposuction

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.

Tumescent Liposuction could be beneficial in other cases like lipoma removal and axillary hyperhidrosis.


  • Unrealistic patient expectations
  • Patients that have undergone crash dieting prior to the treatment.
  • Poor health in patients
  • 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 anaesthesiais 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

Tumescent anaesthesia is an alternate form of anaesthesia which is a lot safer for patients.

To administer local anaesthesia this method uses high anaesthetic dilutionand enlarged tissues to attain considerable regional anaesthesia of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. High amounts of diluted lidocaine and epinephrine penetrate the subcutaneous thereby causing the tissue to become inflamed and stiff, or tumescent. This allows for the procedure to be conducted on patients without exposing them to intrinsic risks of local anaesthesia and blood loss.

The small cannulae make fat removal more efficient as they form small tunnels in the subcutaneous tissue also making it less daunting as compared to the large cannulae.

Tumescent liposuction causes much less bleeding compared to older liposuction methods. The blood-tinged infranatant of the aspirate obtained in tumescent liposuction has a haematocrit of less than 1%. Less than 12ml of whole blood is lost per litre of fat extracted.


Getting Started

The first step to getting started would be to contact us and book a consultation with a Slim Lipo physician. The consultation will include your medical history, area(s) to be treated and also what you would like to achieve out of the procedure. Your physician will advise you on the suitability of the treatment for you, set the right expectations for the outcome and discuss costs in relation to your Slim Lipo body contouring.

During the Procedure

When local anaesthesiais 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.



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.


Complications of Liposuction

Common & Minor Complications

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

  • seromas
  • focalskin necrosis
  • allergic reactions to drugs
  • irregularities of the skin
  • hematomas
  • 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)
  • infections
  • 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
  • seizures

Risks of Local Anaesthesia

The safest choice in local anaestheticsfor liposuction is Lidocaine. Patients may experience some toxicity, if Lidocaine levels in the blood stream surpass 6 milligrams/litre