Liposuction was first developed in the late 1970s to remove undesired fat from nearly all body areas, including the face, neck, chin, breast, abdomen, hips, flanks (love handles), inner and outer thighs, buttocks, knees and ankles.

Liposuction is the removal of excess fat with a small, straw-like instrument called a cannula that is attached to a suction machine. The fat layer under the skin is converted to a network of tunnels, and the cannula is manipulated within the layers to remove unwanted fatty deposits. An elastic garment is then worn for compression and healing.

The result is a resculpting of bulging areas into more attractive contours.


Developed by dermatologic surgeons in the 1980s, a major advancement called the tumescent technique of liposuction completely revolutionised the liposuction procedure. The use of tumescent liposuction allows dermatologic surgeons to safely and effectively remove deep and superficial layers of fat under local anaesthesia with relatively little discomfort, virtually no complications and improved cosmetic results. This technique can be combined with general anaesthesia.


Liposuction is most effective for removing localised fat deposits in body areas that do not respond to dieting or exercising. Liposuction is not intended as a substitute for weight loss, but rather is a contouring procedure. It is best utilised in a program of exercise and optimal weight maintenance.

Liposuction also has many valuable therapeutic applications and has been used effectively to treat medical conditions like excessive sweating and non-cosmetic fat accumulation, such as lipomas (benign fatty tumours) and gynecomastia (enlarged, male breasts).


Before surgery, a complete medical history is taken and a careful examination is conducted in order to evaluate your condition. During the consultation, your dermatologic surgeon describes the procedure and what results might realistically be expected. Your doctor also will review alternative treatment options and explain the possible risks and complications that may occur. Photographs are frequently taken before and after surgery to help evaluate the amount of improvement.


Liposuction can be performed in a day surgery facility or in hospital. Some patients require a short hospital stay. General anaesthesia or local anaesthesia (via the tumescent technique) or a combination of both may be used. This breakthrough technique refers to the swelling of the skin with local anaesthetic in order to remove unwanted fat more efficiently.

With tumescent liposuction, large volumes of a solution containing dilute lignocaine (a local anaesthetic) and dilute epinephrine (a drug to shrink capillaries and prevent blood loss) are injected with minimal discomfort directly into areas of excessive fatty deposits. Once the liquid is injected, a small incision is made in the skin, and a tube connected to a vacuum is inserted into the fatty layer. Using to and fro movements, the fat is drawn through the tube into a collection system. The tumescent method enables the dermatologic surgeon to remove large amounts of fat more uniformly with fewer skin irregularities and less bleeding and bruising.


The local anaesthesia injected into the tissue remains for 18 to 24 hours following liposuction surgery, greatly minimising post-operative pain. With the tumescent technique there is minimal bruising, and many patients do not require post-operative medication for pain. You can usually return to a desk-type job within 48 hours, physical exercise generally can be resumed three to seven days after liposuction, dependant on the extent of the procedure. Some swelling lasting up to 8 weeks, tenderness, altered skin sensation, fatigue and small red incision sites are not uncommon.


True complications are rare, however, the following may occur:

  • Collections of blood or serum
  • Skin dimpling
  • Scarring, asymmetry and infection.

You can reduce your risk of complications by following your doctor's instructions both before and after the procedure.


Liposuction is not intended as a method for weight loss. It is used as a shaping procedure for areas where hereditary fat deposits resistant to diet and exercise have accumulated. The best results from liposuction occur in the body areas where there is reasonable muscle tone, where skin has good elastic quality, and where fat is not excessive. In cases where there is a significant loss of tone and elasticity, superior cosmetic results may require a combination of both liposuction and surgical skin tightening to remove the excessive loose tissue.

Your cosmetic dermatologist can advise you of the likelihood of the need for additional treatments, depending on the specific condition of your skin. Your final result may take many months to achieve.


  • Have required blood tests at least three weeks prior to surgery
  • Any prescriptions ordered by Doctor should be filled and commenced as instructed
  • Please advise Dr Hills if you are taking Aspirin or products containing Aspirin, Coumadin, Pradaxa or Vitamin E. They can cause excessive bleeding and poor healing. Do not take medication without our knowledge as it may conflict with your surgery
  • No alcohol for one week prior to your surgery. Alcohol can cause excess bleeding
  • No smoking four weeks prior to surgery
  • Have required surgical compression garment and take to Hospital on operating day
  • Arrange for someone to be at home with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure

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For a no-obligation discussion on how our liposuction treatments might assist you, please contact us on 07 3720 8788 or make an enquiry online. We look forward to speaking with you.

  • Dr Russell Hills is an experienced cosmetic dermatologist based in Brisbane, Australia and is a member of the Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. Dr Hills also has extensive experience in MOHS surgery for skin cancer removal, and is the principal surgeon at Aesthetix.

    Dr Hills regularly lectures on cosmetic surgery and skin cancer removal, and has numerous publications on these topics. He is a member of a number of Australian and American medical associations, and attends local and international conferences to stay up-to-date with the latest approaches in cosmetic medicine.

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Adherence to the information on this site will not ensure successful treatment in every situation and will not ensure specific results in the individual patient. Although complications may be rare, there are certain inherent risks connected with surgical procedures that should be discussed with the surgeon. This Website contains very general information and any procedures mentioned in it should be discussed in detail with your surgeon at the time of consultation.

Cosmetic Surgeon Brisbane

Liposuction in Brisbane: Our services include liposuction, tumescent liposuction, excess body fat removal, chin liposuction, arm liposuction, neck liposuction, thigh liposuction, face liposuction, stomach liposuction and leg liposuction, along with non surgical liposuction, liposculpture and body sculpting.

We also offer general cosmetic surgery and facial plastic surgery in our cosmetic clinics in Brisbane, based in Auchenflower and Nundah, including tattoo removal, skin needling and blepharoplasty along with dermal fillers and chemical peels.

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