Liposuction by Dr Feldman in Melbourne

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 fatty deposits resistant to diet and exercise. No general anaesthesia is required for the procedure.

Introducing Dr Joni Feldman

Dr Joni Feldman is a cosmetic physician with over 25 years of experience in tumescent liposuction. Known for her refined skills and surgical expertise, she performs all procedures in her registered day procedure clinic in South Yarra.

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Discover the benefits of tumescent liposuction…

  • Targeted fat removal from stubborn areas
  • Day surgery only
  • No general anaesthetic – only local anaesthesia required
  • Back to work in a week
  • Feel comfortable with a female doctor
  • Eliminate chafing or physical/joint stress (e.g. after breast or thigh reduction)



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


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Dr Joni Feldman Cosmetic Surgeon

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

Recovery after liposuction is relatively painless, with most patients requiring 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. Most patients can return to sedentary work after one week. During recovery time, there should be no heavy lifting or vigorous exercise.

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.

What areas of the body can be treated with liposuction

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).

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Lower Leg Liposuction

Mons Pubis Liposuction

Thigh Liposuction

Hips Waist Liposuction

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Common Liposuction FAQs

How much does liposuction in Melbourne cost?

The cost of liposuction or liposculpture depends on the number and size of areas being treated. For an approximate price, you may wish to contact Dr Feldman via email and send in photographs of the areas you would like to be treated. For a more accurate price indication, you will have to make an appointment to come in and see Dr Feldman personally, at her South Yarra clinic.

Am I suitable for Liposculpture?

The ideal patient for Liposculpture has good skin tone, is fit and healthy and has discrete pockets of fat that require removal or reshaping. Liposuction is not recommended for people that are simply overweight. It is a body reshaping procedure, not a weight loss procedure.

What are the most common areas for liposuction in women?

For women, the most popular areas for liposculpture are the upper and lower abdomen, hips, waist, mons pubis, inner and outer thighs, bottom, inner knees, arms and chin.

What are the most common areas for liposuction in men?

The most popular areas for liposuction with men are the waist, abdomen and neck.

Liposuction or Liposculpture: what’s the difference?

Technically speaking, the treatment is the same. The term “Liposculpture” came about as cosmetic surgeons skilled in the area, liken the procedure to artistically sculpting and reshaping the silhouette.

What about sedation?

General anaesthesia is not required for tumescent liposuction. In fact, most patients do not even require twilight sedation. Instead, most patients elect to receive only minor sedation simply to help them relax. Throughout the liposuction process, they are awake and totally comfortable.

After the procedure

Patients can happily get themselves off the bed and walk out of Dr Feldman’s surgical rooms without any assistance. In fact, the majority of patients settle back into their routine within a couple of days.

How much pain relief will I require after liposuction?

Usually patients require nothing more than paracetamol with codeine to minimise the pain for the next few days after the procedure. Many people liken the after-effects of liposuction to an extreme workout in the gym.



More FAQs

Will having Liposculpture prevent me from putting on weight?

After undergoing liposuction you will have less fat cells in your body. If you start to gain weight in the future, the fat will distribute into the remaining fat cells throughout your body. This will result in a more even distribution of fat cells, rather than the fat accumulating in the (previously genetically predisposed) fat pockets. At the end of puberty, the majority of individuals have produced a fixed number of fat cells which stays fairly static for the rest of their lives. When they go through a period of weight gain the fat cells simply enlarge rather than increase. By eliminating fat cells in particular problem areas, you inhibit the potential for any notable fat increase in that area. Many women notice that if they do gain weight after liposuction they tend to put weight on their breasts, which is a welcome side-effect for most.

Who should perform liposuction on me?

It is strongly recommended that you seek the opinion of at least two professional surgeons before you decide on the best doctor for you. It’s imperative that you choose a cosmetic surgeon with extensive experience and a sound track record in the area of liposuction.

Tumescent Liposuction, SmartLipo, Vaser Liposuction, Powered Liposuction, CoolLipo, LipoLite: what’s the difference?

It’s important to understand that “tumescent liposuction” is the name of the medical procedure for removing fat under local anaesthesia. Many of these other names are simply particular companies’ trademarked names of devices or instruments, for example, lasers, vibratory devices, and ultrasound machines. Any of these devices simply aid in the removal of fat under local anaesthesia. They all fall under the umbrella of ‘tumescent liposuction’; they are not an alternative to this.

How long will the effects of my liposuction last?

The effects of removing particular fatty pockets from a body are more or less permanent. An individual can, of course, put on weight afterwards, however, the fact tends to distribute to other areas initially. Many of those that have undergone liposuction claim a highly beneficial psychological advantage. After the procedure, having experienced the delights of their newer, slimmer body shape, many people report that they have much more incentive to keep their body in shape. Some report that weight loss feels easier to achieve, post liposuction.

Will the fat appear in other fatty pockets, post liposuction?

If an individual gains weight after liposuction, the fat must go somewhere. However, it is usually deposited more evenly throughout the body. For example, if a woman has had liposuction to her inner thighs, if she puts on several kilos of weight in the future, it is likely to go to other parts of the body – not straight back to her thighs.

How soon can I expect to see results?

You will be able to see some of your results almost immediately, however, the majority of the results will not be visible until swelling has settled. Allow several weeks. For this to happen. As a guide, after the first 10 days a fairly good indication of the results of the procedure will be visible, and after six months the full effect of the liposuction will be evident.

Is there anything I can do to ensure the best result?

Straight after the procedure you will be given a compression garment to wear. It’s imperative that this is worn at all times, as its not only alleviates pain, but also prevents swelling. Compression garments also aid in the healing process and ensure that the skin contract evenly. Dr Feldman will tell you exactly how long the garment should be worn.

Do I need to follow any specific diet before or after liposuction?

Adhere to your regular diet before the operation. Ten days prior to the surgery, it’s imperative that you do not take any anti-inflammatory or aspirin. Do not drink any alcohol 24 hours prior to surgery.

When can I start to move and exercise?

Two days after the surgery, Dr Feldman recommends you do some form of extremely low impact exercise, e.g. walking, for 30 minutes a day to encourage blood circulation. She will also show you some particular massage techniques to assist lymphatic drainage and healing. You may return to non-strenuous work within just two days of the procedure, but should not take any strenuous activities exercise the first two weeks after surgery.

How will my body feel after liposuction?

Fortunately, most people feel very little pain or discomfort after liposuction. You may be more relaxed than usual due to the sedatives given to relax you during the procedure. It’s imperative that you organise someone else to drive you home after the procedure and that you rest that first evening. For the first week, you may feel a little discomfort and stiffness, but this will soon disappear. Some swelling and tenderness or for a few, some bruising may be evident for up to 2 weeks. In this time, you may wish to take a mild analgesic such as Panadol.

When can I go back to work?

Most people can go back to work within a few days, providing it does not involve strenuous exercise.

Where is the tumescent liposuction performed?

Dr Feldman performs liposuction at her registered day surgery centre in South Yarra, Melbourne.

What medications will I receive during the liposuction procedure?

Before the procedure, you will receive a sedative to relax you. You will also be given oral antibiotics to minimise the chance of any infection. A short-acting powerful analgesic may be administered at any time during the procedure if the patient requires or requests this.

Will I have any noticeable scarring from the procedure?

Scarring is extremely minimal with liposuction. Incisions are only 3 to 4 mm long and heal very quickly. In fact within a few months the scars are usually not visible.

Are there any risks with liposuction?

Liposuction carries some risks, as with any surgery. Fortunately liposuction complications are quite rare. Complications can include infection, but this is uncommon. It is believed that the tumescent fluid is anti-bacterial, which is why infection rates are extremely low. (The tumescence fluid is the cocktail of liquid that is injected into the fat before liposuction that helps facilitate fat removal.) It is essential that your liposuction procedure is performed in a registered sterile theatre by an experienced and qualified medical doctor. In addition to infection, there are other significant and fatal risks associated with liposuction, despite being rare. Dr Feldman will discuss these with you in person.

Will I need to organise an anaesthetist?

Anaesthetists are only required when a patient is in need of a general anaesthetic. As Dr Feldman performs the liposuction with only “conscious sedation”, there is no need for an anaesthetist.

Will liposuction eliminate all of my cellulite?

Liposuction alters and improve the shape of the body but cannot entirely remove all of the dimples, puckering effects of the skin, commonly referred to as cellulite. Certainly the liposuction will eliminate some of the cellulite, but it will not entirely eliminate it.

Liposuction or tummy tuck: what’s the better option?

The degree of wrinkling, stretch marks, sagging skin and body fat are some of the considerations that need to be weighed up by your doctor to determine if liposuction or a tummy tuck is the best option for you. Both procedures have their place. Here is a summary of the pros and cons of both:

Choosing liposuction over tummy tucks:


for most individuals lipo provides excellent results without the added risks and expenses.

  • It is less expensive
  • There are fewer risks
  • There is less downtime
  • The skin often contracts back into shape to a surprising degree
  • Liposuction will not remove unsightly stretch marks or excessively sagging skin (e.g. after severe weight loss or several pregnancies)

Choosing a ‘tummy tuck’ over liposuction

  • A good option for those with excessively stretched and sagging skin with a lot of stretch marks
  • The procedure surgically removes stretched, scarred skin that cannot be cosmetically improved by simply removing fat cells
  • Tightens tummy muscles – excellent for those with excessively stretched abdominal muscles after pregnancies
  • Can be quite an involved procedure, always requiring general anaesthetic
  • Large scars may be permanently visible without clothing
  • When the largest segment of lower abdominal skin is removed, the bellybutton requires surgical repositioning and reconstruction
  • Quite often surgically altered naval does not have a natural look
  • Tummy tucks are far more dangerous with potential complications, such as blood clots or pulmonary embolism
  • Tummy tucks cost roughly 2 to 3 times more expensive than liposuction of the tummy area
  • Recovery time is typically 2 to 4 weeks longer than liposculpture

Why not just have mesotherapy?

Dr Feldman does not recommend mesotherapy. This treatment sounds attractive in that no surgery is required; instead a series of chemicals are injected below the skin that allegedly melt the fat. Mesotherapy is painful, traumatic, commonly bruises the skin and can give very uneven and lumpy results. Currently, this treatment is not FDA approved, is unregulated and is an under standardised technique. No studies show its actual efficacy. Furthermore, there are several studies that suggest considerable risk.

Why choose Dr Feldman for liposuction?

Dr Feldman has been specialising in the art and science of liposuction (or Liposculpture) for over 14 years now and has successfully performed liposuction on over 1000 clients in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

For more information about liposuction, contact Dr Feldman’s office today