As many of us know, the spot reducing of fat is difficult to achieve through exercise. So if you have a stubborn fat deposit you cant shift, liposculpture could be the answer. Dr Tavakoli uses an advanced liposculpture technique which effectively removes fat from specific parts of the body such as the arms, thighs, abdomen, arms and neck.
Dr Tavakoli uses a liposculpture technique pioneered by the Italian plastic surgeon Professor Gasparotti, combining Deep and Superficial technique. Dr Tavakoli is also amongst few surgeons in Australia with experience in circumferential liposuction to dramatically reduce width/diameter of thighs and arms. Dr Tavakoli has performed around 2500 liposuction procedures.
In Australia Liposuction is mostly performed by non-plastic surgeons with generally poor result. Although considered as one of the easiest cosmetic procedures great liposuction is infact a very difficult procedure that requires a lot of experience. Body is a 3-Dimentional structure and hence proper sculpting takes a lot of time in operating room. As there are plenty of clinics perfoming liposuction cheaply with patient wide awake and in agony D Tavakoli prefers NOT to cut corners and perform the procedure properly in a Day Hospital or Large Hospital under proper anaesthesia and using the latest skin contracting VASER technology. Without VASER lipo you can end up with loose saggy skin.
Please note that for optimal outcome Dr Tavakoli would like your BMI to be less than 30 prior to liposuction surgery. If your BMI is more than 30 please see a nutritionist prior to seeking cosmetic liposuction. BMI or Body Mass Index can be worked out using the simple BMI calculator found in this link: http://www0.health.nsw.gov.au/publichealth/healthpromotion/obesity/bmi.asp
CLINICAL CASE STUDY: Extensive Vaser Liposuction in a 25 year old. Results only after 6 weeks!
Dr Tavakoli's clinic has World's leading liposuction technology VASER Lipo®
Exclusive New Technology only avaialble to a few surgeons in Australia. Dr Tavakoli has used the VASER since 2009.
What is VASER Lipo®?
VASER Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER Lipo
uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body.
What distinguishes the VASER Lipo procedure is its ability to differentiate fat from other important tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Our innovative technology breaks up fat while preserving all other important tissues. This approach promotes smooth results and rapid healing.
How does VASER Lipo® work?
First, the area to be reshaped is filled with a tumescent saline solution that helps numb the site and shrink the blood vessels (to minimize blood loss and reduce bruising). This solution wets and fills the area to be treated, making it easier to break up fatty tissue with the VASER Lipo System's ultrasound energy.
Next, a small probe is inserted into the treatment area. It transmits sound energy to break up and liquefy fat while preserving other important tissues.
Finally, the liquefied fat is removed through a gentle suction process designed to minimize trauma to surrounding tissue structures such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue.
What are the benefits of VASER Lipo over other liposuction techniques?
VASER LipoSelection is a new and very different way to precisely and efficiently remove unwanted fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, VASER LipoSelection uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology to reshape your body. Only the LipoSelection procedure uses the proprietary VASER® System to first liquefy and then remove fat from the body, which is why it provides such smooth, predictable results. Since it is more tissue selective than traditional liposuction, patients report low to minimal pain and low to minimal swelling and bruising*.
Frequently Asked Questions - Liposuction / Liposculpture
What is liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical technique in which the removal of fat deposits reshapes a specific part of the body such as the neck, arms, abdomen, hips, or thighs. Liposuction, which was actively practiced in Europe during the mid 1970s, was not popularized in Australia until the mid 1980s. Since then, liposuction has become the most requested cosmetic surgical procedure. The popularity of liposuction is based on its relative simplicity as an operation, requiring only a small incision for the liposuction to take place. The incision made during the liposuction surgery is usually well hidden in a normal skin fold upon healing from the procedure. However, to get optimal results the liposuction needs to be carried out by an expert plastic surgeon.
What is liposculpture?
Please click here to read Dr Tavakoli's article on superficial liposculpture.
Frequently, patients seek liposuction to reduce their weight and general obesity. Unfortunately, liposculpture is not indicated to treat these problems. Standard methods of weight reduction are required for these patients. Liposuction is intended to re-sculpt isolated collections of body fat that would not generally respond to diet and exercise; it is a method of body contouring to reduce inches, not kilograms. The good news is that the suctioned fat cells are permanently removed. If the patient gains weight later on, the new fat will be distributed in a more proportioned manner.
It is the superficial nature of liposuction that brings change to the deep layer of the skin, leading to controlled skin retraction. This is the key to the eventual success of the procedure.
Who should have liposuction?
Patients with average weight, localized fat collections, and healthy elastic skin are the best candidates for liposuction. Obesity, cellulite, or loose sagging inelastic skin are several problems that would tend toward poor results. In fact, these problems may be worsened by liposuction.
Unfortunately, many individuals performing liposuction are not trained in other techniques of body contouring and may not have the experience to recognize that a different procedure (such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift) may provide a better result for the patient. Hence, Liposuction may be used in conjunction with other body contouring procedures, such as breast reduction, tummy tuck, thigh-lift, or arm lift.
How is the operation performed?
Liposuction can be performed in an outpatient setting ; less frequently a short hospitalization will be required. The procedure can last from 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on how many body areas are being operated upon. The type of anesthesia will also vary. Local anaesthetic with sedation can be used for small areas; however, more extensive procedures usually require general anesthesia. Through a small incision, usually 1-2 cms, a blunt-tipped instrument called a cannula is passed back and forth essentially vacuuming out the fat. The cannula is connected to rubber tubing, which in turn attaches to a machine that generates high vacuum pressure. Following surgery, a firm elasticized garment is used to provide compression and reduce swelling and discoloration at the surgical site. During larger volume surgery, IV fluids are given to replace losses that occur with the procedure. Very rarely, transfusion is required, but this can usually be anticipated prior to surgery so that the patient can receive his/her own blood (autologous donation).
What can I expect after the operation?
As in all operations, pain and discomfort vary greatly from patient to patient. Generally, pain medication would be required for the first several days. Continuing discomfort can last varying amounts of time. Much of the swelling and bruising will be improved by two weeks; however, some will persist for six to eight weeks. It is often difficult to see significant changes in the body shape before this time. It is frequently useful to wear an elastic garment for four to six weeks to help with skin shrinkage. Dr Tavakoli will tell you how long you should wear your elastic garment. Normal activity may be resumed at one to two weeks and exercise at two to four weeks. Persistent swelling and irregularities may be present for several months. If antibiotics are prescribed, they should be taken as directed.
Is hospitalization necessary?
Usually hospitalization is not necessary, but it depends on the volume of liposuction and any other additional surgery. Many of these operations are performed under general anaesthesia and may be done as day procedure.
Is there an age limit for this operation?
People under 40 years of age usually get the very best results because their skin is tighter. However, the state of the skin remains the determining factor, regardless of age.
Are bandages applied?
As discussed earlier, compression garments are worn after the operation to assist in the retraction of the skin and to prevent swelling. Light massage is started on the 10th day. After the operation, exercises are recommended beginning on the 14th day in order to minimize the adhesions between the skin and the deeper tissues. Early results are seen 10-14 days after surgery, but improvement continues for 4-6 months.
When can you return to work?
In general, 3-5 days after the operation for office work, and 14 days for more active employment. This will depend on the amount of liposuction and the type of work.
When can you do exercises?
Usually two weeks after the operation you may exercise in order to modify and diminish the adhesions between the skin and the tissue. Walking, swimming, or a stationary bicycle can usually begin a few days after surgery.
Should you follow a special diet?
In order to have the best results, it is good to have a well-balanced diet, including carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and not to overeat salty or fatty foods.
When can you get out in the sun again?
When all the bruises have disappeared. This takes about two to three weeks. Use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. Decreased sensation in the first few months after surgery may result in an accidental sunburn.
Are the results permanent?
In general, yes. If you gain weight, however, the operated area will also increase but not as much as would have occurred before the operation. Rippling may also occur with large weight gain.
Weight fluctuations generally will adversely affect the results of liposculpture.
Can the operation be repeated?
Yes, in certain cases.
What about scars?
Following surgery, your surgical scars will go through a maturation process. For the first few months, they will be red and possibly raised, firm, or unsightly. As the scar matures, after 6-12 months, it becomes soft, pale, flat, and much less noticeable. You may experience numbness, tingling, burning, "crawling," or other peculiar sensations around the surgical area. This is a result of the healing of tiny fibers which are trapped in the scar. These symptoms will disappear. Some people are prone to keloids which are abnormal scars that become prominent and unsightly with time. If you or a blood relative have a tendency to keloid formation, please inform Dr Tavakoli.
What happens to the excess skin?
Depending upon the age of the patient, the skin (because of its elasticity and retraction) will shrink over the reduced area of the body. Older or excess skin may require subsequent surgery to obtain the desired result. (see abdominoplasty and thigh lift)
It is imperative that all Dr Tavakoli's liposculpture patients consider a course of physiotherapy and Endermologie and after liposculpture.The LPG® Technique is a non-invasive technique, consisting of a tissue mobilization process between two rollers, creating a skin fold, stretching the underlying tissue and mobilizing the skin fold. The LPG® Technique claims are relief of minor muscle aches and pains, relaxation of muscle spasms and an increase of local blood circulation on healthy as well as burn patients. In addition, LPG's ES Therapeutic Massagers/Vibrators (ES1, ES/M60, Cellu M6) have met all FDA regulatory requirements to be marketed for the temporary reduction in circumferential body measurements, temporary reduction in the appearance of cellulite and relief of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). In aesthetic field, LPG® Technique is designed by Endermologie
Physiotherapist will use a special ultrasound technique for smoothing out any build up of scar in the deep tissue that may occur as a result of the liposculpture procedure.
Dr Tavakoli has appeared in various magazines discussing Liposculpture.