In experienced hands, liposuction is a safe and effective fat-removal treatment. It can be used to reduce stubborn fat in the arms, neck, chin, thighs, and buttocks, and reshape the body.
Dr Michael Rich has been at the forefront of the best liposuction in Melbourne, and more broadly in Australia, being one of the first to perform it over 30 years ago. He was trained by Dr Jeffrey Klein, the founder of the safe tumescent liposuction technique.
Dr Rich often chairs liposuction forums as the ‘go-to’ person at national and international conferences, being highly regarded as one of Melbourne – and Australia’s – best liposuction surgeons.
Dr Rich performs all liposuction in Melbourne, but also practices in Sydney regularly.
Treatments for different body areas:
- Thighs, hips, back, legs, knees, elbows, neck, chin and buttocks liposuction (though buttocks liposuction is performed much less than you might think – the buttocks are better bigger!)
- Liposuction breast reductions – liposuction breast reductions are a less-invasive alternative compared with a surgical breast reduction, for some women
- “If you can pinch it, you can lipo it” – Dr Rich
- Dr Rich offers the best liposuction in Melbourne
Power-assisted liposuction treatment (PAL) in Melbourne
PAL uses an oscillating cannula (tiny tube) which simply replaces the surgeon’s back and forth hand movement, which can be useful when there is a lot of scarring or fibrous tissue. A surgeon may choose to use this style of liposuction tool to reduce fatigue, particularly if a large area is being treated.
The tumescent liposuction treatment technique - The gold standard in liposuction
The tumescent liposuction technique is now widely regarded as the gold standard in liposuction. Liposuction surgery in days gone by had a very problematic reputation, with lumpy, bumpy, inconsistent results, a lot of bleeding and bruising, and sometimes even death. Not a single death has been recorded with the tumescent liposuction technique, and every liposuction surgeon in Australia is using some variation of this style of liposuction surgery.
What ‘tumescent’ means is that the area is filled with an anaesthetic mixture which also acts to quell bleeding from the blood vessels broken as part of the surgery. This results in less bleeding during the surgery, which naturally results in less bruising (because a bruise is just trapped blood), and a shorter recovery time. This is the best liposuction in Melbourne.
The anaesthetic applied locally also negates the need for general anaesthetic in a lot of cases, which is immediately safer again. This liposuction technique also offers smoother results. The technique is so named because the word ‘tumescent’ actually means ‘swollen’, and when the area is full of the tumescent liquid, it becomes fuller – looking and feeling swollen – so the surgeon can better see what they are doing.
Ultimately, the tumescent liposuction technique offers faster recovery times, less risk, and consistently smoother results.
We only perform the tumescent form of liposuction at ENRICH clinic.
Things to know about liposuction lingo
When some Melbourne liposuction clinics advertise ‘how much better’ their liposuction is compared to ‘traditional’ liposuction surgery, they are referring to the old-fashioned killer variety, not the newer techniques that every surgeon worth their mettle is, or should be, using and has been doing for some time.
Nobody does ‘traditional liposuction surgery’ in Australia anymore, rest assured, so when you see claims like ‘Much better results than traditional liposuction surgery’ is like saying ‘Our new car is so much better and faster than a traditional horse and cart’. It doesn’t mean anything.
Liposuction surgery is now considered a very safe, effective cosmetic treatment that – with a great surgeon – has consistent and outstanding results no matter which method is being used. There are a handful of liposuction surgery techniques, and they all have methods that are just a variation on the same tumescent technique that Dr Rich uses.
Non surgical liposuction – it’s not a thing
Anyone claiming to perform ‘non surgical liposuction’ of any kind is being untruthful or they are talking about a completely different procedure. Liposuction is a surgery, and every surgery by its very nature is invasive – there is simply no such thing as non surgical liposuction.
Anything that punctures and penetrates the skin is considered by law to be invasive. Liposuction literally means suctioning away fat cells, and to get to the fat cells, you must break the skin and penetrate it – this is what we call surgery. Liposuction surgery now can be ‘minimally invasive’, but again, this is standard procedure for all liposuction surgeries in Australia.
There are however, other methods for fat reduction or removal, that aren’t surgical but they are not called liposuction. Examples are fat freezing or so fat dissolving injections and whilst less invasive they are also not as effective as liposuction and are usually used to remove small fat pads in small areas of the body.
Your surgeon is ‘the thing’
Choosing the right method of body sculpting for you is important, but the really critical difference in outcomes is actually your surgeon. A surgeon who is the master of his or her tools, with an eye for beauty, will give you the best results.
Aiming for the cheapest liposuction surgery will get you a surgeon who values his or her skills less, which is not desirable when it comes to lasting body shaping. You cannot undo liposuction, there is no Ctrl-Z; there is just more surgery to fix up the last which quickly gets disappointing and expensive.
Putting on weight after liposuction surgery
There are a few myths floating around the internet that are based on a fundamental misunderstanding of how fat behaves in the human body. The rumour is that ‘you will just get fat somewhere else after liposuction’, which is partly true and partly false.
If you put on weight, which is generally within our control, without the number of fat cells in the area you had liposuction on, the fat must be stored elsewhere, thus you put weight on in another area than what you might usually, as well as the place you would usually – there are still fat cells left there. Taking them all would make you look very peculiar indeed.
The reason for this is that once you hit puberty, you have all the fat cells you will ever have, and they simply expand and shrink depending on how much fat they are storing. Your fat cells are like bags of coins – you spend some money, the bag goes down; you save some money, the bags get bigger. One fat cell does not mean one ‘bit’ of fat; a fat cell is a storage facility.
Choose your surgeon wisely, and there will be just the right amount of fat left in the area so you get beautiful, smooth results, but you can naturally lose and gain weight and still keep your new shape.
Contact us to arrange a consultation with Dr Rich at our Melbourne clinic to discuss how liposuction surgery can improve your body shape.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.
*Results may vary from person to person
General liposuction surgery information
- What happens if I put on weight after liposuction surgery?
- Comparison of Clatuu, Coolsculpting, and liposuction
- Who gets the best results from liposuction surgery?
- The cost of liposuction surgery in Melbourne
- Liposuction surgery scarring, time off work, pain and recovery
- Large-volume liposuction – can it make me healthier?
- Why cheap liposuction surgery could end up costing you
- Will I be happy with my liposuction surgery results?
- A clear explanation of the tumescent liposuction technique
- What are Smartlipo and SlimLipo liposuction?
Specific body areas – women and men
What areas can you liposuction?
You can liposuction anywhere on the body that fat cells appear. Here are some of the most common liposuction areas.
Chin liposuction is a simple, quick procedure that can make a huge difference to your facial profile. The chin is an area that demarcates our face in ways that you can’t fake or cover up with makeup. To those whom a double chin or sagging jowls causes aesthetic dissatisfaction, chin liposuction at our Melbourne clinic can work wonders.
There are a few spot-fat reduction techniques a now available including liposuction, fat dissolving, or fat freezing and new devices have entered the market, like ThermiTight, which uses radiofrequency to both destroy fat cells and tighten tissue.
Book a consult at ENRICH Clinic to see what spot fat reduction and liposuction treatments could best work for you.
The inner thighs can present their own set of stubborn problems when it comes to where the fat sits. Sometimes, no matter what you do, the fat stays put, thwarting your diet and exercise efforts, which is where inner thigh liposuction comes into its own.
Inner thigh liposuction is a long-lasting body-shaping tool that removes the excess fatty tissue and reshapes the thighs – for good.
The most common area for liposuction is the tummy. Often, however, by liposuctioning complimentary areas such as back flanks and waist can give a better result that only performing liposuction the stomach area. Obviously, the cost per area reduces if you have them completed in the same surgery, so that is an added bonus.
Dr Michael Rich is a body contouring expert and can help you get the body you want through liposuction. He will discuss the best areas to liposuction, depending on your body type and requirements for you to get the best results.
Dr Rich has performed thousands of liposuction treatments in Melbourne at ENRICH Clinic. Dr Rich also performs liposuction at a clinic in Sydney.
There are several different kinds of laser liposuction surgery available at cosmetic clinics around Australia, with the type best suited to your body and needs dependent on several factors. The most reliable and well-practiced type of liposuction is the tumescent technique.
NOTE on laser liposuction:
Dr Rich prefers and has perfected the classic tumescent liposuction and does not use laser assisted liposuction techniques. In Dr Rich’s opinion, laser-assisted liposuction can increase the risk to patients and uses larger cannula holes to administer the treatment. Laser liposuction treatments are not available at ENRICH in Melbourne.