Liposculpture (Liposuction) in Sydney by Dr. Charles Cope



Dr Charles Cope specialises in liposculpture, an advanced approach to liposuction in which localised deposits of fat are removed to improve the body’s contour. The most common areas for liposculpture are the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. Liposculpture can also be used in men to reduce enlarged breasts (gynaecomastia), which has been done on many of our patients in Sydney.

Liposculpture is usually performed under general anaesthetic, although small areas can be performed under local anaesthetic and sedation. The procedure involves day surgery or overnight stay, depending on the amount of fat to be removed. The operation involves making several small incisions, and fluid containing local anaesthetic is used to fill the area, after which the fat is removed through a narrow tube (the actual liposuction).

Most people return to work within 7-10 days following surgery, although with large areas the recovery time may be longer. After surgery, a pressure compression garment must be worn for a few weeks, which minimises the bruising and swelling and helps produce an even contour.

Heavy activities and sport should be avoided for one month. Most of the bruising and swelling will have gone by three weeks, although the final result may not be apparent until 3 months following liposuction/liposculpture.

If you have some loose skin on your buttocks then the fat can be injected back into your buttocks, giving a firmer, higher and rounder buttock (Brazilian Butt Lift).

This procedure is not a substitute for diet and exercise, but is used for localised areas of fat not responsive to traditional weight-loss methods. The success of the liposculpture procedure depends on the skin’s elasticity, which decreases with age, and the best results are obtained in young patients. If there is a significant amount of loose skin then other surgery may be needed to produce the best change in body contour, such as an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck).

If you don’t have time for surgery then Liposonix, which uses focused ultrasound to dissolve fat, may be right for you. On average one hour-long treatment gives a waistline reduction of 1 inch (2.5cms) – about one dress or trouser size.

Dr Cope will consult with you to work out the best method for obtaining the results you want.

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