Vaser Liposuction Sydney

VASER LIPOSUCTION SYDNEY

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Welcome To Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic

Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic is no newcomer. In fact, we are one of Sydney’s leading cosmetic clinics established by Dr George Mayson over 20 years ago.

These days, we have a team of Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons offering the full spectrum of cosmetic procedures to meet the needs of every patient.

I have personally been in this industry for over 24 years and have seen that the explosion in the popularity of cosmetic procedures has attracted widespread ‘price cutting’. While some would regard ‘price cutting’ as beneficial for patients, the hidden downside has been the compromise of both standards and quality of results that lower prices can deliver: the old adage ‘You Get What You Pay For’ has never been truer!

Our Clinic has always enjoyed a distinguished reputation in terms of patient satisfaction, high standards, ethics and safety. Therefore, I am very proud that it holds the same reputation to this very day and that we are regarded as one of Sydney’s leading Cosmetic Clinics with only Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons performing ALL procedures, not Cosmetic Physicians.

My personal undertaking to all patients is that we will continue to deliver premium cosmetic procedures under the highest of professional standards at a Value-For-Money Price but always with the patient’s best interests in mind.

Sincerely,

CEO


 

Why Choose

Sydney Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Clinic

For Your Liposuction?

Our Clinic was one of the first clinics in Australia to start performing Liposuction over 25 years ago, so we have personally witnessed its explosion in popularity, but sadly at the same time, also a decline in the standards, safety and quality of results as more and more doctors with insufficient training and experience continue to enter the market.

What We’re Known For:

  • Our Clinic Has Over 25 Years’ Experience Performing Liposuction.

Warning: Any doctor without Hospital accreditation can start performing Liposuction within their own practice after minimal training. Hospital accreditation is an important standard to always look for as Hospitals will only allow those doctors with an acceptable degree of surgical training and experience to operate at their facility!

  • We Have A Very Impressive Safety Record without a single adverse event during surgery over our 25 years!
  • We Only Have Experienced Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeons to perform your Liposuction, not Cosmetic Physicians.
  • We Don’t Do Online Consultations!

Warning: How can any doctor possibly assess your skin’s elasticity with an online or Skype Consultation? The state of your skin’s elasticity is critical in determining whether or not you will be left with loose skin after the surgery and this can only be assessed at a consultation! It’s too late if you end up with loose skin after surgery and nobody has bothered to assess it!

  • We Don’t Offer Free Consultations!

Instead, we offer a detailed consultation with the Surgeon who’ll be doing your Liposuction so he/she can carefully assess your suitability and then plan your procedure.

Warning: Avoid the temptation of ‘Free’ Consultations which are primarily designed to ‘sell you’ the procedure – even if you are not totally suitable! Always question the quality and integrity of any consultation that is ‘free’!

 

  • For Your Comfort & Safety, We Always Perform Liposuction In A Licensed, Fully-Accredited Hospital.

Warning: Operating Rooms in doctors’ practices are not subject to the same stringent standards as a Hospital’s Operating Theatre. Accordingly, liposuction in any non-Hospital premises most likely carries the following risks:

    • The ‘Operating Room’ is unlikely to have the same monitors and safety equipment as a Hospital’s Operating Theatre, nor may it have the same standards of sterility as a Hospital’s Operating Theatre in which case there could be an increased risk of a serious infection.
    • Presumably, an unlicensed facility will not have an Anaesthetist present. So, who in that room would have the knowledge of a qualified Anaesthetist to handle an unexpected emergency during your procedure? The frightening answer is NOBODY!
    • Unlicensed Facilities cannot use General Anaesthesia, so your procedure would be done under Local Anaesthesia only and could prove quite painful.
    • By law, there is a limit as to how much fat can be aspirated in non-Hospital settings, so if you need multiple areas done you may need to have them done in stages.

Therefore, always choose a Surgeon who operates at a Hospital. Yes, doing it in a Hospital with an Anaesthetist will cost you more but wouldn’t you prefer to have it done painlessly and under the safest of conditions?

  • We Always Have A Specialist Anaesthetist To Keep You Comfortable, Safe And Pain-Free Throughout Your Procedure.

Warning: Firstly, Anaesthetists will not anaesthetise in a non-Hospital setting. So, if you intend having it done in any place other than a licensed Hospital, you will almost certainly not have the services of an Anaesthetist. Be very wary of clinics that list “Anaesthetic” on your quotation: this COULD STILL MEAN you’ll have no Anaesthetist because the word “Anaesthetic” is NOT the same as “Anaesthetist” and it could refer to you being injected with any concoction of anaesthetic medications by someone other than a qualified Anaesthetist – a dangerous and very unsafe scenario!

And, should you have any unexpected reaction to those medications and there is no Anaesthetist present, who in that room will have the knowledge and expertise to treat your emergency?

So, if you’re not guaranteed that a qualified Anaesthetist will be present for your entire procedure, go elsewhere!

  • We Offer Straightforward Pricing, Not ‘Packages’

Warning: ‘Package’ Type Pricing can be quite deceptive by making it initially appear ‘cheaper’ when in fact the total cost usually ends up much higher when you get there!

In contrast, we calculate our Surgical Fee on the basis of each area whereas the Hospital & Anaesthetist are priced according to how long your procedure will take. This is, by far, the fairest way to price your procedure as you are an individual, not a ‘package’.

  • We Recommend Whichever Liposuction Technique Is Best For YOU!

Warning: Some clinics offer one technique only e.g. ‘Vaser’. However, we don’t regard this to be an ideal approach as different body areas require different techniques in order to achieve the best possible result.

In contrast, we prefer to customise your procedure according to whichever technique is going to deliver the best possible result – be it Vaser Liposuction, Laser Liposuction, Smart Lipo, or regular Tumescent Liposuction – and whichever instrumentation is best be it MicroAire, Laser, Mangubat Cannulas, Micro-Cannulas, etc.

Nothwithstanding the foregoing, infinitely more important than the technique or the instrumentation is the experience, skill and artistic eye of your surgeon.

As Dr. J. Gerald Minniti, MD, a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, wrote in 2019 when comparing Vaser to regular Tumescent Liposuction:

“Vaser Liposuction has had a resurgence since the advent of ‘Hi-Def’ liposuction in the last few years. I can tell you with certainty that ‘regular’ Liposuction can achieve any result that Vaser can. What’s important is the training, skill, and experience of the surgeon. The machines are unimportant.”

We are in total agreement with Dr Minniti’s remarks!

  • We Always Approach Liposuction Artistically!

Straightforward removal of fat is one thing and artistic re-shaping is another!

Warning: Any doctor can robotically remove fat but Liposuction should be performed artistically with an awareness of ideal body contours. Knowing how much fat needs to be removed and how much should be left behind is essential for delivering the right shape and curves. This skill only comes with an artistic eye and years of liposuction experience!

Most alarming to us was the report of one doctor who told us that it was common practice where he worked for two liposuction surgeons to be working on the same area at the same time!

This makes as much sense to us as two artists working on the same painting at the same time!

  • We Always Offer Straightforward, Honest Information & We Don’t Use Gimmicky Marketing Ploys Such As ‘We Don’t Do Liposuction, We Only Do Liposculpture’.

Warning: Such fancy marketing terms are used by some clinics to suggest to prospective patients that theirs is a different, newer or superior technique to others. However, superior results depend on the surgeon’s expertise and artistic ability, not on what you call the procedure!

 


What Is Vaser Liposuction?

Despite the success of the traditional, time-proven technique of regular Tumescent Liposuction – which many Cosmetic and Plastic Surgeons still regard as the ‘gold standard’ of all liposuction techniques – regular attempts to modify or replace this technique of fat removal continue to appear on the market.

One such addition that has appeared on the Australian market is Vaser Liposuction.

‘Vaser’ is a catchy term because it sounds like ‘laser’ but in actual fact, Vaser technology has nothing to do with lasers.

VASER is actually an acronym for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.

Vaser Liposuction utilises a fine probe that emits ultrasound energy at its tip to ‘melt’ the fat prior to its subsequent removal by a hollow tube known as a ‘cannula’.

The first Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction techniques used in the 1980’s and 1990’s caused many instances of tissue damage, skin necrosis, and burns due to excessive amounts of ultrasound energy emitted at the tip. Vaser Liposuction, the third generation of ultrasound-emitting technology, has reduced the risks of those earlier complications by developing probes that emit pulsed ultrasound energy instead of continuous energy, thereby reducing the amount of heat generated at the tip of the probe.

 

What is the difference between ‘Vaser Liposuction’ and ‘Vaser High Definition Liposuction’?

Vaser High Definition Liposuction is an extension of the Standard Vaser Liposuction technique whereby fat is removed from around and on top of the underlying muscles to enhance their visibility. This variety of Vaser Liposuction aims to deliver a more toned and athletic appearance by highlighting the underlying muscles. However, this technique is not for everyone and the best candidates for ‘Vaser High Def’ are those with thick skin, good skin elasticity, and muscles that can be felt under the skin when they are contracted. One example of such an application would be someone who wants to create a ‘six-pack’ over their ‘abs’.

‘Vaser High Def’ Liposuction is an advanced technique that requires a long learning curve on the part of the Surgeon and for this reason, should only be performed by those Surgeons skilled and confident in its use.

 

How Is Vaser Liposuction Done?

In the best interests of patient comfort and safety, all Vaser Liposuction procedures are performed in a licensed Hospital with a Specialist Anaesthetist in constant attendance.

Even when Liposuction is done in a Hospital under General Anaesthesia, it is still a ‘walk in, walk out’ procedure with no overnight stay required.  You can go home two hours after your procedure but you must not drive or go home alone.  You must be accompanied by a responsible adult and have someone at home to look after you during the first 24 hours.

In Vaser Liposuction, a Tumescent Solution is first introduced into the fat deposit to be removed. This Tumescent Solution contains both a Local Anaesthetic and Adrenalin, the latter serving to first constrict the area’s blood vessels and so minimise blood loss when it comes to the removal of the fat.

Next, the Vaser’s ultrasound-emitting probe is introduced into the fat through a tiny skin incision and repeatedly moved back and forth through the fatty deposit. The ultrasound energy emitted by the tip of the Vaser probe ‘melts’ the fat cells and emulsifies (liquefies) them.

When the surgeon feels that enough of the targeted fat has been liquefied, he/she removes the Vaser probe and inserts an Aspiration Cannula – a hollow metal tube – to remove the emulsified fat by suction.

At the end of the procedure, the small entry incisions are sutured, Fixomull Tape is applied and over that a Compression Garment is fitted. This garment needs to be worn for 6 weeks.

You will then be taken to Recovery and after 1-1½ hours in Recovery, you will be allowed to return home. However, you cannot go home alone. You must be escorted home by a responsible adult and also have someone at home with you for the first 24 hours.

Sutures are removed after 7 days.

 

What Can You Expect After Vaser Liposuction?

  • Immediately after your procedure, you will notice an improved shape due to a reduction of the excess fat. However, the fat left behind is still swollen from the surgery and will settle over the following 3-4 weeks at which time you will notice a further reduction in size. Thereafter, your skin and the tunnels created in the fat will continue to contract down over the next 3 or 4 months and produce even more correction. Therefore, your final shape may not be apparent until 4, or even 6 months, after your procedure.
  • Discomfort after Liposuction is usually mild only and most patients are up and about the very next day. Any discomfort in the first few days can usually be relieved by Panadol or Panadeine.  Rarely are stronger pain-relievers required.

 

Will the Fat Cells Return after Vaser Liposuction?

Normally in adult life, we form no further fat cells. Accordingly, the reason liposuction can permanently remove abnormal fat deposits is that it removes the fat cells within the fat.  As the fat cells left behind in the lipo-suctioned area do not have the ability to multiply and replace those that have been removed, the correction should be permanent.

In other words, if you do not gain weight after liposuction you should keep your new shape.

If, on the other hand, you allow yourself to gain weight after liposuction, the remaining fat cells in the lipo-suctioned area can store new fat and expand in size.  However, this new increase in size of the fatty deposit is now limited by the reduced numbers of fat cells in that area, and if desired, repeat liposuction can always be performed to further reduce the area concerned.

 

Is Vaser Liposuction the best form of Liposuction?

Is it better than Regular Tumescent Liposuction?

Does Vaser Liposuction deliver better results?

These are questions anyone considering liposuction would naturally ask but the responses from any number of Liposuction Surgeons would differ. As a clinic that has been performing liposuction for over 25 years, we believe that far more important than the liposuction technique is the experience, skill, and artistry of the Surgeon – knowing just how much to take out but equally important, how much fat to leave behind!

Many liposuction surgeons share that same view. The following are statements from two eminent Plastic Surgeons in the USA:

  • J. Gerald Minniti, MD, a Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon, wrote in 2019: “Vaser Liposuction has had a resurgence since the advent of ‘Hi-Def’ liposuction in the last few years. I can tell you with certainty that ‘regular’ liposuction can achieve any result that Vaser can. What’s important is the training, skill, and experience of the surgeon. The machines are unimportant.”
  • Wendell Perry, MD, a Plastic Surgeon in Hollywood, Florida wrote in 2019:
    “Vaser Liposuction is an Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. The ultrasonic energy helps destroy the fat cells. Some people believe the Vaser makes the skin contract more than regular liposuction but I think you get better skin contraction with regular liposuction than Vaser. It is probably not a good idea to use Vaser for Fat Transfer because you may kill some of the fat cells and have less fat available for Fat Transfer”.

 

What are the Pros and Cons of Vaser Liposuction?

Vaser Liposuction refers to a special technique of liposuction which utilises a fine probe that emits ultrasound energy at its tip to ‘melt’ the fat prior to its subsequent removal by a hollow tube known as a ‘cannula’.

This contrasts with the traditional technique of Tumescent Liposuction in which the fat is removed by mechanical suction using various designs of ‘cannula’ after a solution is first injected into the fat to constrict the blood vessels and minimise blood loss.

The following are the reported benefits and disadvantages specific to Vaser Liposuction:

Reported Pros:
  • The ultrasonic probe specifically targets the fat cells so there is less disruption of blood vessels and minimal blood loss.
  • There is less injury and disruption to the other tissue components.
  • There are claims it delivers better skin contraction on healing (debatable).
  • Ability to sculpt the underlying muscle anatomy.
  • Reduced physical effort for the surgeon. 
Reported Cons:
  • Post-operative swelling can last much longer than Tumescent Liposuction, even up to 6 months afterwards.
  • Lymphatic drainage and massages may be required in the initial weeks after surgery.
  • Prolonged pain and discomfort can occur if nerves are injured by the ultrasonic energy emitted by the probe.
  • Risk of significant thermal skin burns due to the ultrasonic energy overheating the underside of the skin. We have personally seen one patient with horrific burns to both lower limbs after Vaser Liposuction at another Sydney clinic. Skin burns cannot occur with regular Tumescent Liposuction.
  • Not a good choice if fat cells are to be harvested for a Fat Transfer because of the likelihood that the fat cells would have been destroyed by the Vaser’s ultrasound energy.
  • Vaser Liposuction takes longer, therefore higher Hospital & Anaesthetist Fees would be incurred.
  • After Vaser Liposuction, lymphatic drainage and massages may be required in the initial weeks after surgery to help the areas settle sooner.

 

Should I have Vaser Liposuction or

Regular Tumescent Liposuction?

This will be decided at your Initial Consultation. Our Surgeon will assess each of your areas and advise whether Vaser Liposuction or regular Tumescent Liposuction would be the more appropriate technique for each area.

At your Initial Consultation, our Liposuction Surgeon will further explain the differences between the two techniques and recommend whichever Liposuction technique he/she believes is the better option for your specific areas.

 

What Areas Are Suitable For Vaser Liposuction?

Liposuction is indicated for the removal of genetically pre-determined fat deposits that are out of proportion with the rest of your body.  In contrast to other body fat, the fat cells in these deposits are characteristically resistant to diet and exercise. Significant weight loss may reduce some of the prominence of these genetic deposits but at the same time you’ll probably lose too much from other body areas such as your face and breasts.

Liposuction is really the only effective way to reshape your body by permanently removing the excess fat cells in these disproportionate deposits.

Basically, any deposit of excess fat on the body can be removed with the following being the most commonly requested areas:

In Females:
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Outer Thighs
  • Inner Thighs
  • Face
In Males:
  • ‘Man Boobs’
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks (‘Love Handles’)
  • Under Chin

Before/After Gallery

The following before/after images are just a small selection of the thousands of Liposuctions our Clinic has performed over the last 25 years. Although not specifically examples of Vaser Liposuction, we display them here simply to demonstrate the impressive results that can be achieved irrespective of the technique used, and to once again stress the importance of the training, experience and skill of your Surgeon.

  • Abdomen

 

 

  • Hips

 

 

  • Inner and Outer Thighs

 

 

 

 

 

  • Under Chin

     

Knees, Calves, Ankles and Arms can also be slimmed down provided there is a true excess of fat and the shape is not primarily muscle bulk.

 


Common areas in men include:

  • Flanks (‘love handles’)
  • Abdomen
  • Breasts (‘Man Boobs’)

 


COSTS

The following are the approximate Surgical Fees for the more commonly requested INDIVIDUAL areas. HOWEVER, WE ALWAYS OFFER DISCOUNTS WHEN MULTIPLE AREAS ARE CHOSEN:

Initial Consultation
$165
Jowls
$1100
Under Chin
$1,650
Lower Abdomen
$2750
Full Abdomen
$4400
Hips
$2750
Outer Thighs
$3300
Inner Thighs
$2750
Arms
$3300
‘Man Boobs’
$3630

Other ‘Special Areas’ include:

Calves
$3300
Ankles
$3300
Pubic Mound
$1650
Armpit Surrounds
$1650
‘Buffalo Hump’
$1650
Back (‘Water Wings’)
$4400
Abdominal ‘Six-Pack’
$5500

Please note: The above prices are not inclusive of Hospital & Anaesthetist.

 


COMMON FAQ’s

Will I weigh much less after Liposuction?
Liposuction is a body reshaping procedure, not a method of reducing weight. You may weigh a little less after liposuction but you could be disappointed if weight loss was your primary objective.
Will my skin end up loose after Liposuction?
If you have good skin elasticity, your skin should be able to effectively shrink to the reduced shape. Our Surgeon will assess your skin’s elasticity at the Consultation and honestly advise if looser skin is a possibility.
How long do I need to wear a Compression Garment after my surgery?
Different surgeons have different views as to how long compression needs to be applied after Liposuction. However, based on how a fatty area heals after liposuction, we believe that a better final result is achieved if compression is applied for 6 weeks after surgery.
When can I expect to return to work?
If you are in sedentary type work, you should be able to return to work after 3-4 days but longer if your work is more physically demanding. Our Surgeon will advise you as to when you should be able to return to work once they have considered the exact type of work you do and how much Liposuction you’re having.
Can I claim any of my costs on Medicare?
Unfortunately, no. Being a cosmetic procedure, Liposuction is not eligible for a Medicare rebate, nor can you claim on your Private Health Insurance.
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