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Liposuction by Dr Joni Feldman

Liposuction in South Yarra, Melbourne.

Remove stubborn deposits of fat that don’t respond to diet and exercise alone.

Liposuction is a surgical body contouring procedure that removes local deposits of excess fat cells under the skin by suction. Also known as lipoplasty or tumescent liposuction, the procedure is suited to patients with a healthy body weight but still have fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise. No general anaesthesia is required for the procedure.

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  • You have close to normal body weight with pockets of access that cannot be reduced to diet and exercise alone
  • You carry excessive bulk, such as the abdomen, buttocks or breasts
  • You are healthy, a non-smoker and do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing.

Sometimes the smallest change can make the biggest difference…

Dr Joni Feldman

Dr Joni Feldman  practices cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery She performs all surgical  procedures in her registered and accredited  South Yarra Day Surgery.

This information has been medically reviewed by Melbourne-trained cosmetic doctor Dr Joni Feldman, MBBS (MELB), General registration (MED0001156545).  FACCSM (Med) Fellow of Lipoplasty (ACCSM) 

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Dr Joni Feldman Cosmetic Surgeon

Liposuction: 2024 Before and After Photos

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Thigh Liposuction - before - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction -AFTER - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction -Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Thigh Liposuction - AFTER - Dr Joni Feldman - Melbourne
Arm liposuction -BEFORE - Dr Joni Feldman in Melbourne
Arm liposuction -AFTER - Dr Joni Feldman in Melbourne
BEFORE thigh liposuction by Dr Feldman in Melbourne
AFTER thigh liposuction by Dr Feldman in Melbourne

The liposuction procedure

Before your procedure, you’ll be given a light sedative to relax you. Once the sedative has started taking effect, Dr Feldman will inject a sterile saline solution mixed with local anaesthetic into the fatty deposits. This solution helps loosen the fat cells, making them easier to suction. She will gently suction the fat cells away using a small cannula.

 The liposuction procedure does not require a general anaesthetic. It is performed in our registered day clinic in South Yarra. Along with the injected local anaesthetic, patients usually only require a light sedative to help them relax. If you would prefer more sedation, Dr Feldman can discuss the option of twilight sedation at your initial consult.

After the procedure

After your liposuction procedure, you’ll be sent home within a few hours and given a compression garment to wear for up to four weeks.

Your recovery time

As with all surgical procedures, liposuction requires time for your body to heal and recover. Your recovery time will depend on the procedure. As all procedures are tailored to the individual, recovery times vary from patient to patient.

Most patients require not more than paracetamol for the first few days after the procedure. Typically, patients must wear a compression garment over the liposuctioned areas for up to 6 weeks. Patients can usually return to sedentary work after one week. However, there should be no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise during recovery time.

Liposuction: expectations & results

Before proceeding with any medical treatment, patients must understand that liposuction is a surgical procedure. As with all surgery, it carries risks and should be considered carefully. All medical treatments performed for any reason will affect patients differently. This is due to various factors such as genetics, age, diet, exercise, health status, and others. Therefore, patients should consider any before-after photos as a guide only, as there will always be variances between the results you achieve and those of others.

To determine what procedure is appropriate for you, you must consult a qualified and experienced medical professional who can recommend the best treatment plan based on your body and circumstances. Further, you should always seek a second opinion from an equally qualified and experienced medical professional before deciding on surgery.

It takes approximately three months for the full results of your liposuction to be noticed. To prolong the effects of your surgery, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle, as although some fat cells would have been removed, the remaining fat cells can still enlarge if you gain weight.

Potential liposuction risks

All surgery carries risks. It is essential you understand all the risks involved with liposuction so that you can make an informed decision before proceeding. Complications associated with liposuction may include asymmetry, skin rippling, excessive loose skin, poor scarring, abnormal skin pigmentation, bleeding, infection, seroma formation (fluid accumulation under the skin), deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications, swelling, poor wound healing, bruising, and a potential need for revision surgery. 

Dr Feldman will discuss all potential surgical risks with you at your initial consultation. She will happily address any concerns or questions so you are fully informed before proceeding with your surgery.

Before proceeding with any surgical procedure, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Liposuction treatment areas

Liposuction can be performed on subcutaneous fat (fatty tissue stored underneath the skin) in almost any area of the body, but not on visceral fat (fat stored around your internal organs).

For more information on the areas Dr Feldman treats, please click on the boxes below.

Leg & Ankle Liposuction

Mons Pubis Liposuction

Thigh Liposuction

Hip & Waist Liposuction

Mens’ Liposuction

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Scientific research & reviews

Leg lymphoedema & lipodema

Study: Tobias Karlsson,  Mattias Hoffner, Karin Ohlin, Barbro Svensson, Håkan Brorson. Complete Reduction of Leg Lymphedema after Liposuction: A 5-Year Prospective Study in 67 Patients without Recurrence. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open, 2023.  Read more >

Review: Leif Perbeck, Sue Mellgrim. Lipedema an often overlooked but treatable disease. Lakartidningen. (Nov 13, 2017).  Read more >

Review: Anne Warren Peled, Elisabeth A Kappos. Lipedema: diagnostic and management challenges. Int J Womens Health, (Aug 2016). Read more >

Liposuction & liposculpture

Review: Elisa Bellini, Michele P Grieco, Edoardo Raposio. A journey through liposuction and liposculture. Ann Med Surg (Lond) (Nov 2017).  Read more >

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