Looking for a solution to stubborn pockets of fat that just don’t budge, no matter how much you diet and exercise? At Cosmos Clinic Canberra, our Vaser Liposuction procedures may be the perfect fix. Vaser Liposuction is an advanced form of liposuction for sculpting all areas of the body. It can trim inches around the tummy, love handles, arms, legs (inner thighs), neck and more.
Patients can see a permanent improvement in body shape after Vaser Liposuction – fat is distributed more evenly as excess fat cells have been removed.
Vaser Liposuction also has a skin-tightening effect thanks to its ultrasound technology. For patients who require more advanced skin-tightening and retraction, however, we recommend pairing Vaser Liposuction with our Renuvion Skin Tightening treatments.
Subtle results may be achieved with non-surgical liposuction called CoolSculpting.
Gentler than Liposuction for Fat Reduction and Skin-Tightening
During Vaser Liposuction, patients are normally placed under twilight sedation. Not using general anaesthetic reduces the chances of developing the complications often associated with cosmetic surgery. (Note: a general anaesthetic is available upon request).
Vaser Liposuction involves making small incisions through which numbing solution is administered under the skin. The solution also acts as a medium for the high-energy ultrasound to break down stubborn fat.
To hide any scarring from this surgical procedure, incisions are placed in discreet areas such as in the belly button or near the bikini line in the case of tummy liposuction.
Next, a small ultrasound probe or cannula is inserted under the skin to dissolve the fat cells and make the suction process easier. Vaser Liposuction transforms the “brick” of fat into a soft material (much like melting a slab of butter) to facilitate fat removal.
The main advantage of Vaser Liposuction is it allows for more even removal of fat than with traditional liposuction. The numbing solution makes the fat under the skin more even and less likely to clump. The ultrasound energy also stimulates collagen production, promoting skin tightening in the treatment area. This results in smoother contours and prevents skin dimpling and sagging.
To achieve the smoothest results possible, patients may be re-positioned or asked to stand up during the procedure. This allows the surgeon to assess and remove fat from different angles.
Patients will be thoroughly assessed and fitted with a compression garment before being discharged. To promote a speedy recovery and prevent complications, patients will be monitored with regular follow-up appointments, including complimentary lymphatic drainage massage to reduce side effects such as swelling.
Over 15,000 Liposuction Procedures Performed in the Last 10 Years
Cosmos Clinic is the number one provider of state-of-the-art liposuction treatments in Canberra. In fact, we were the first to acquire the new Vaser 2.0 in New South Wales, and we currently have the most Vaser Liposuction devices in the world. This has allowed us to perform over 15,000 liposuction procedures in the last ten years across Australia. Cosmos Clinic cosmetic surgeons are renowned for body contouring – specifically for the popular liposuction procedures. Our doctors have been trained by top surgeons worldwide, including Dr. Alfredo Hoyos (inventor of Vaser High Definition Liposuction) and Dr. Matlock (Beverly Hills, USA).
Your initial Vaser Liposuction consultation and subsequent procedure can be undertaken at our cosmetic clinic in Canberra, Australia.
We are also proud to see many interstate as well as overseas patients each year at Cosmos Clinic. To ensure utmost professionalism and consistency, we have developed a set of procedures for our out-of-town patients. For those travelling to see us, we ask that you send images of the areas you wish to have treated, which Cosmos Clinic you prefer and where you are located. This will allow our staff to include all the necessary information as part of your personalised quote.
The Recovery Process After the Vaser Liposuction Procedure
There is no overnight stay required with Vaser Liposuction. Since it’s performed under twilight sedation, all patients can return home the same day. Patients will leave the clinic with compression garments to help with the healing process, skin retraction, and minimise swelling. There may be fluid seepage for about 24 hours following the procedure. The compression garments are worn for three weeks full-time and then three weeks part-time. In most cases, the recovery from Vaser Liposuction is minimal, although some minor bruising may occur.
Most patients can return to work within two to five days after treatment. Regular follow-up and lymphatic drainage massage are performed twice a week for two weeks to help in the recovery process. To optimise your recovery, please become familiar with the following do’s of liposuction recovery:
Do wear your liposuction compression garments
Do maintain a healthy diet
Do listen to your body
Do take care of your surgical sites
Do attend post-surgical check ups
Most of the results become noticeable six weeks after your Vaser liposuction procedure. At this point, photos are taken to assess your progress. The final results may not be apparent for three to six months post-procedure. Strict adherence to the preoperative and postoperative instructions is necessary in order to achieve the best possible results.
*Results may vary from patient to patient. **All photos are of patients from Cosmos Clinic, and all ‘after’ images are taken 6 weeks post operation.
All Liposuction Procedures at Cosmos Clinic Canberra Use The Latest in VASER Technology
Vaser Liposuction Vaser is the superior alternative to traditional liposuction. Using ultrasound waves to break apart fat cells, Vaser liposuction allows for easier removal, so you can enjoy a slimmer, more sculpted figure without the risks and recovery time. Learn more
Vaser Hi Def Liposuction Taking liposuction a step further, Vaser Hi Def contours the body to reveal your underlying muscle definition. This makes it the perfect procedure for our fitness-passionate patients. Learn more
Mummy Liposuction Our Mummy Tummy liposuction procedures help restore the body post-pregnancy. New and seasoned mums alike can remove unwanted fat and tighten the skin of the stomach. Learn more
Mega Liposuction If you are an overweight or obese patient looking to lose large amounts of fat, our Mega Liposuction procedures can remove up to 15 litres of fat. Transform the body and ignite a health journey. Learn more
Gynaecomastia Surgery The appearance of “Man Boobs” can affect the confidence of many men. Vaser Liposuction at Cosmos Clinic is designed to remove excess fat and glandular tissue in the male chest to restore a more muscular appearance. Learn more
What areas can Vaser Liposuction treat?
Inner & Outer Thighs and Knees
Unfortunately, we aren’t all blessed with slim, attractive legs. In fact, fat is often distributed unevenly throughout the inner and other thighs, leading to discomfort. Even worse, the constant friction of the inner thighs rubbing together sometimes causes skin chafing, sores and infection. If you’re dreaming of more proportionate thighs, Vaser liposuction can help.
Front of Thighs
The front of the thighs can be a difficult area to treat and is best suited to patients with toned skin and plenty of fat in the area. As people frequently confuse bulky muscle in this area for fat, we recommend having a consultation at our Canberra Clinic to best determine whether liposuction can address your concerns.
Buttocks & Banana Roll
The position of buttock fat sometimes causes a drooping appearance, or “banana roll”, which can shatter the dream of a well-proportioned behind. Achieving a smaller bottom with liposuction does require skill and artistic flair on the surgeon’s behalf, however, our experienced Canberra surgeons can provide smooth and symmetric results via Vaser liposuction.
Also known as love handles, flanks are those pockets of fat that sit above the hip bone area. A common area of concern, love handles may hang over your jeans and add considerable width to your waistline. Liposuction on the flanks can create a slimmer appearance, with incisions hidden within the underwear line.
The abdominal region can be divided into two areas: the upper stomach (between the ribs and belly button) and the lower stomach (between the belly button and bikini line). Depending on your concerns, we can treat one or both of these areas with Vaser liposuction, with incisions strategically placed in the belly button or within the bikini line. While Vaser liposuction typically promotes good skin retraction, patients with significant skin sagging may be more suited to a tummy tuck procedure. Please see our Canberra liposuction surgeons for a consultation to determine which option is better for you.
Fat distribution on the back can also be divided into two areas: the upper back (above the bra line) and the lower back (below the bra line). Back fat is often resistant to exercise efforts and, due to the fibrous nature of the fat, it can also be tricky to treat with liposuction. However, thanks to our Vaser technology, our liposuction surgeons can turn this fibrous fat to a more buttery consistency, allowing it to be easily removed from the body.
Arm fat usually accumulates around the triceps (backs of the arms) and laterals (sides of the arms). If you struggle with fat in these areas, Vaser liposuction can create a slimmer, more proportionate arm contour.
Women with overly large breasts often experience discomfort, exercise difficulties and backaches, and find that the size of their breasts severely impacts their confidence. Breast reduction with Vaser liposuction can remove excess fat from this area and create a lift for a more proportionate, youthful figure. Although this minimally invasive alternative is an excellent option for many women, we suggest having a consultation with our Canberra liposuction surgeons to determine whether you are better suited to liposuction or a traditional breast reduction.
Male Breasts (aka Man Boobs)
The development of male breasts is typically genetically predetermined, meaning that exercise efforts will make little improvement. To regain confidence and achieve a more athletic, masculine chest, Vaser liposuction can remove both fat and glandular tissue from this area.
Jaw & Neck Line
Fat deposits often develop in the jawline, jowls and neck area with age, leading to what is known as a “wattle neck”. Vaser liposuction can remove fat deposits from the lower face and neck to achieve a more youthful facial contour.
Face & Cheeks
Some people, particularly those of Asian descent, are genetically predisposed to facial fat. Unfortunately, fat deposits in the cheeks often give what is referred to as a “chipmunk appearance”. To combat this, Vaser liposuction can sculpt the face and create a more youthful look.
If you fit the following criteria, you may be a suitable candidate for our liposuction and liposculpture procedures:
You are unhappy with the appearance of stubborn pockets of fat that resist diet and exercise efforts
You are in good physical and mental health
You have realistic expectations regarding what liposuction surgery can achieve
You are at a healthy, stable weight
You are prepared to follow healthy diet and exercise habits after surgery to maintain your results
You have good skin elasticity
You are a non-smoker or are prepared to quit smoking before and after surgery
Ultimately, the best way to determine whether you are a candidate is to meet with our liposuction surgeons for a consultation at Cosmos Clinic Canberra.
How much fat can I remove?
Our liposuction surgeons at Cosmos Clinic Canberra will remove between three and five litres of fat during a single procedure, depending on your aesthetic goals and overall body weight.
Keep in mind that, for patient safety and comfort, we can remove a maximum of five litres of fat during a single liposuction session. This limit applies to all patients, regardless of weight, percentage of body fat and desired results. In fact, one study found removing more than five litres of fat increased complication rates by 3.7 percent. If you wish to remove more than five litres of fat, you will need to undergo multiple liposuction procedures.
How many liposuction sessions will I need?
At Cosmos Clinic Canberra, our liposuction surgeons always strive to achieve the best fat reduction results during your initial procedure. However, depending on how much fat needs to be removed to achieve your desired outcomes, you may need additional sessions of liposuction.
How long does it take for results to appear?
You should see some subtle improvements in your body contour immediately after your procedure, however it will take some time for your final liposuction results to appear. Before your full results become apparent, you will need to wait for post-operative swelling to subside and give the skin time to retract and tighten. Some liposuction patients may achieve full results within three to six months, while others find that their results continue to improve for up to a year. To speed recovery times and see results sooner, be sure to follow all of your surgeon’s post-operative instructions.
How long does the procedure take?
The amount of time spent in surgery will depend on the area treated and the amount of fat removed. As a general rule, you can expect to spend one to four hours in the operating theatre.
Can I treat multiple body areas at the same time?
Yes, many patients choose to address multiple areas of concern in one liposuction procedure. Usually, these areas are close together, such as the abdomen and thighs, or arms and back, although this doesn’t have to be the case. While there is no limit to how many areas can be treated simultaneously, we typically recommend a maximum of three or four. Keep in mind that combining areas will increase surgery times, recovery times and costs.
How painful is the liposuction procedure?
During a liposuction procedure, patients are placed under local anaesthetic and sedation, meaning that they feel very little during surgery. Any pain or discomfort felt during your recovery can be alleviated with medications prescribed by your surgeon.
How do I prepare for liposuction surgery?
Your liposuction surgeon will give you specific pre-operative instructions during your consultation at Cosmos Clinic Canberra. Patients who smoke will need to quit at least two weeks before surgery, as smoking can increase surgical complications and slow healing times. In addition, your surgeon may ask you to avoid certain medications and supplements that can cause excessive bleeding and bruising during and after surgery. It is also a great idea to take steps before surgery to prepare for your recovery. We suggest purchasing comfortable clothing, filling any needed prescriptions, preparing some healthy meals and arranging for someone to pick you up from the hospital and help you at home for the first few days after surgery.
How much scarring will I have after surgery?
Scarring is an inevitable part of any surgical procedure. However, significant scarring after liposuction is rare, as the incisions required to insert the cannulas are only small. Plus, our liposuction surgeons at Cosmos Clinic always strive to make small incisions in places that can be easily hidden. Regardless, any significant scarring will fade over time, particularly if you follow the scar management instructions given by your surgeon.
Will I have loose skin after liposuction?
After liposuction, your skin will naturally contract to some degree as a result of the skin’s natural healing process. However, how well the skin contrast does vary from person to person. Typically, patients with good skin elasticity find themselves with firm, smooth skin after surgery, whereas patients with poor skin elasticity may experience skin looseness or wrinkling. We offer various non-surgical skin tightening treatments at Cosmos Clinic Canberra if you do experience loose skin after liposuction.
Can liposuction treat obesity?
Liposuction is not a weight-loss treatment and, as such, is not designed to treat obesity. However, we offer Mega Liposuction procedures at Cosmos Clinic Canberra, which can help overweight patients lose considerable amounts of fat. Please organise a consultation with our Canberra liposuction surgeons to see if this option is right for you.
Will my results be permanent?
Liposuction results are somewhat permanent, in the sense that the removed fat cells can never return. Despite that, the fat cells that remain can still grow in size, which means that it is still possible to gain weight, albeit in different areas of the body. Additionally, external factors such as ageing, gravity and inflammation can also affect how your results look over time.
Are there any non-surgical alternatives to liposuction?
If you want to reduce unwanted pockets of fat but aren’t yet ready to commit to invasive surgery, there are a rising number of non-surgical fat removal treatments on the market. At Cosmos Clinic Canberra, we offer CoolSculpting treatments, which use cryolipolysis to freeze and destroy fat cells.
What are the risks and side effects associated with liposuction?
While Vaser liposuction is considered less risky than traditional liposuction, every invasive surgery comes with some risk. However, complications are extremely rare, and we’ve performed thousands of liposuction procedures in Canberra without incident. Some of the potential side effects you may experience after liposuction surgery include:
Pain and aching
Bruising and bleeding
Loose skin that doesn’t adjust to your new body contour
Asymmetry or skin irregularities
Fluid accumulation under the skin
Changes in skin sensation
How much does liposuction surgery cost in Canberra?
We understand that cost typically plays a huge factor in your decision to undergo cosmetic surgery, however, liposuction does not fit into a one price fits all strategy. Instead, the cost of liposuction surgery varies from patient to patient, depending on various factors, such as:
The areas of the body treated
The method of liposuction used
The patient’s body type
The type of anaesthetic used
The amount of time spent in surgery
At Cosmos Clinic Canberra, our Vaser liposuction procedures start at $4,400 for one area. However, if you are looking to treat multiple areas in one procedure, you can expect quicker recovery times AND reduced overall costs. Every additional area treated costs approximately $1,750 on top of the base price. To receive the most accurate cost, please organise a consultation with one of our Canberra liposuction surgeons.