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Liposuction Perth

Maximise your weight loss efforts

Liposuction is not a weight loss solution, but a way to help maximise the benefit of weight loss.

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Liposuction Perth

Remove stubborn fat with liposuction

Liposuction (suction-assisted lipectomy-SAL) is a procedure which removes excess fat from specific areas of the body.

The procedure can reduce fat in areas such as the hips and thighs, abdomen or, occasionally, the calves and ankles. It can also be used to reduce or eliminate a double chin.

Suitable candidates for the procedure

Before considering liposuction, knowing it is NOT a weight loss procedure is important. Ideal patients are within a healthy weight range but have isolated excess areas of fat deposition. These localised areas typically do not respond to diet or exercise. If patients are not at a healthy body weight, they may be advised to follow a healthy weight loss plan before having the procedure.

Liposuction is not an effective cellulite treatment and does not treat skin elasticity or excess skin. The loss of skin elasticity with ageing reduces the ability of the skin to retract once excess fat has been removed. If patients want to address excess skin, this must be mentioned during the initial consultation to discuss additional procedure options.

Liposuction can be performed on several areas of the body simultaneously and can be combined with other cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation and abdominoplasty. However, this will depend on each patient’s particular situation and needs, so Dr Hanikeri will discuss these options during your consultation to determine if it is possible.

The consultation process with Dr Hanikeri

Before undergoing your procedure, you will have an initial consultation with Dr Hanikeri. During this consultation, you will have a thorough discussion that will include each of the following factors:

  • Medical history: You’ll discuss your medical history, including any pre-existing medical conditions, previous surgeries, allergies, and medications you’re taking.
  • Goals and expectations: You will explain your goals and expectations for the procedure. This is an important part of the consultation to ensure your surgeon understands your personal reasons for choosing to have the procedure.
  • Physical examination: Dr Hanikeriwill examine the areas you want to treat. He will assess your skin quality, muscle tone, and amount of fat to determine if you’re a suitable candidate for liposuction.
  • Discussion of options: Dr Hanikeri will explain the various liposuction techniques available and recommend the most appropriate technique for your case.
  • Risks and benefits: You’ll receive information about the potential risks and complications associated with liposuction and how these can be minimised/prevented.
  • Personalised treatment plan: Based on the information gathered from your medical history, physical examination, and discussions about your goals, you will discuss a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. The plan will include details about the areas to be treated, the particular liposuction technique, and any additional procedures.
  • Cost: You will receive a cost estimate for the procedure, including the surgeon’s fees, facility fees, anaesthesia fees, and any additional costs.
  • Realistic expectations: Having realistic expectations for the procedure’s outcome is essential. Dr Hanikeri will discuss what liposuction can and cannot achieve and give you an idea of the results you can expect based on your individual body characteristics.
  • Recovery timeline: Your surgeon will provide an estimated timeline for your recovery, including details about how soon you can return to work and normal activities.
  • Preoperative and postoperative care: You’ll receive instructions on preparing for the procedure, including any necessary preoperative tests or medications. You will also receive recovery instructions that will be tailored to your personal needs.
  • Questions and concerns: The consultation serves as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the procedure, recovery, or anything else related to liposuction. Make sure to clarify any doubts and ensure you have a thorough understanding.
  • Decision-making: After the consultation, you’ll have time to consider the information provided and decide if liposuction is right for you. Take your time to weigh the pros and cons and make an informed decision.

If you’re ready to book your consultation, please get in touch with our team to choose a time that works for you. Your consultation will take place at our Perth location.


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Dr Hanikeri has helped hundreds of patients over the years achieve their desired results.

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Disclaimer: The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.

The procedure: What does liposuction involve?

To perform liposuction, fat is removed by inserting small, hollow tubes, called cannulas, through tiny incisions around the area to be addressed. These incisions are placed as inconspicuously as possible and are usually not visible in the long term. Plastic surgeons use various techniques to suction the various layers of fat from the areas being treated.
You will have a personal procedure plan detailing the steps of your surgery based on your chosen treatment areas and your individual needs. These steps will be explained during your consultation, as well as any preparation you will need to do and what to expect on the day of your surgery.

General anaesthesia

Whilst liposuction is sometimes performed in doctor’s rooms under a local anaesthetic, this has been associated with major issues when large volumes of local anaesthetic have been used. This is one of the important reasons that Dr Hanikeri only performs liposuction under a general anaesthetic.

Recovery: What to expect after the surgery?

Following surgery, patients may experience some swelling and mild to moderate discomfort. This is usually well controlled with oral medications. Patients should rest during this time and avoid excessive exertion. A compression garment should be worn continuously for six weeks after surgery.

The results from liposuction are permanent, provided the patient maintains their weight. After the surgery, patients should be able to return to work within a few days. Normal activities can usually be commenced within a week or two of surgery. These time frames can vary from patient to patient, so it is important to refer to the personalised advice provided by your surgeon.

Liposuction surgeon Dr Hanikeri will instruct you on your recovery and how to care of your incision site/s. It’s common for patients to experience some discomfort and swelling; in this case, Dr Hanikeri may prescribe medications to aid recovery.

You will also be instructed to avoid alcohol, focus on rehydrating your body, get enough rest and maintain a healthy diet.

Costs of liposuction with Dr Hanikeri in Perth

A consultation with liposuction surgeon Dr Hanikeri will provide you with the details you need on the costs of your procedure.

The costs of surgical procedures need to be based on each patient’s individual requirements and procedure details. Therefore, we cannot provide potential patients with a one-size-fits-all cost without assessing their needs and discussing a procedure plan.

We can, however, provide you with a general guide as to what individual patient factors may influence the total costs of liposuction:

  • Treatment area/s: The number and size of treated areas can impact the cost. Larger treatment areas or multiple areas being treated during the same session might increase the cost.
  • The amount of fat to be removed: The volume of fat that needs to be removed directly affects the complexity and duration of the liposuction procedure. Larger treatment areas or a higher fat volume may require more time, effort, and resources to perform the procedure effectively. The more extensive the liposuction, the longer the surgical session may be, potentially leading to higher costs due to the surgeon’s time, operating room usage, and anaesthesia.
  • The technique: Different liposuction techniques require varying levels of specialised equipment, which can influence the cost. For example:
    • Traditional liposuction: Involves using a cannula (a thin tube) to manually suction out fat. It is a basic technique and may have lower associated costs.
    • Water assisted liposuction (WAL): Utilises a high pressure, fine jet of water is used to break up the fat cells before removing them (water assisted liposuction (WAL).  
    • Ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL): This technique uses a machine which emits high-frequency sound waves (Ultrasound) is used to help break up the fat cells before removing them.
    • Power assisted Liposuction (PAL): Uses a machine which vibrates the liposuction cannulas to break up the fat and reduce the time and effort required by the surgeon to perform the procedure.

      The choice of technique often depends on the patient’s specific needs and the surgeon’s recommendation.

  • Medical considerations: Patients with certain medical conditions or unique characteristics may require additional precautions, monitoring, or specialised equipment during the liposuction procedure. For example:
    • Patients with pre-existing medical conditions might need extra medical assessments and monitoring during surgery, potentially increasing costs.
    • Allergic reactions to anaesthesia or specific medications might necessitate specialised alternatives, which could lead to higher costs.
    • Underlying medical conditions may require adjustments to surgical techniques, anaesthesia, or recovery protocols, all of which can affect costs.
  • Combination procedures: The overall cost is likely higher when liposuction is combined with other cosmetic procedures. Combining procedures may require extended surgical time, more personnel, and additional resources. Examples of combination procedures include:
    • Liposuction with abdominoplasty.
    • Liposuction combined with breast augmentation or reduction.
    • Liposuction in conjunction with surgeries to remove excess skin.

      The added complexity and time associated with combination procedures can increase costs.

  • Body characteristics: The patient’s unique body characteristics can influence the complexity of the liposuction procedure, potentially affecting costs. Factors that might contribute to complexity and costs include:
    • Skin elasticity: Patients with poor skin elasticity may require additional procedures (like skin tightening).
    • Muscle structure: Liposuction around specific muscle groups or areas with intricate anatomy may require greater surgical precision.
    • Overall health: Patients with underlying health issues might require specialised medical care and monitoring during the procedure, impacting costs.

Remember that these factors interact and vary for each individual, making the final cost of liposuction a result of multiple considerations.

Your consultation will be essential to determine the most appropriate approach for your situation and get an accurate cost estimate based on your individual needs.

Please book your consultation by contacting our staff.

Potential risks

All surgical procedures carry some risks. The potential risks are discussed at the initial consultation and will be outlined via your secure patient portal (TouchMD).

Some risks may include:

Bleeding, infection, nerve injury or temporary numbness, poor healing and reaction to anaesthesia.

It is possible to have areas that remain under-treated or, on occasion over treated by liposuction. This may result in visible dents, bulges or grooves.

In rare cases, superficial thrombophlebitis is where veins become palpable, reddish and tender. Occasionally, irregularities or corrugations in the skin of the hips and thighs may be exacerbated on a background of cellulite.

Rarely, a collection of fluid called a seroma may result from liposuction. This may require drainage if significant. The skin over the area treated may have some altered sensation, but this usually subsides within a few weeks.

Healing is gradual, and fluid retention and swelling following surgery may delay the visibility of the results. The swelling usually subsides a week following surgery, while bruising lasts much longer. The final outcome of liposuction may not be visible for several months. Factors such as weight gain, pregnancy and ageing can affect the longevity of results.

Liposuction FAQs

How long will it take to recover?

The recovery period may vary from person to person, but typically, individuals can resume desk work and light activities within a week after the procedure. While some may experience swelling and discomfort for longer, avoiding vigorous exercise for at least a month is recommended. However, you will be given recovery instructions with particular consideration to your personal needs and the details of your procedure, so it is important to follow these closely instead of the general instructions listed here if the instructions differ.

Strict adherence to post-operative guidelines can help to reduce recovery time and prevent potential complications.

Will I be in pain after the procedure?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure; therefore, it’s common to experience swelling, pain, and discomfort during the first few days of recovery. Most individuals report experiencing post-operative pain for around four to five days, which typically subsides quickly. Any residual discomfort can be managed with further advice from your surgeon. If the pain persists, don’t hesitate to contact the clinic.