Liposuction & Liposculpture FAQs


    When the fat cells are removed, it is critical that the surgeon creates a smooth contour.

    Creating this contour or figure for the patient requires the surgeon to remove fat to the right depth in both the area affected and all surrounding areas to avoid the pitfalls of dimpling. This can necessitate the use of multiple liposculpture techniques including tumescent and ultrasonic as well as many sizes of cannulae (instruments).

    In Liposculpture, the expertise of the surgeon is more important than any machine or method, as creating the right contour takes many years of experience.

    I was at the meeting where liposuction was first introduced by Dr. Illouz from Paris over 25 years ago and have enjoyed great success with these techniques for over two decades.



    Yes, but there is a limit to how much fat can be removed. It is inadvisable to remove more than a total of 5000ccs at one time. This is because there would be too much trauma to the tissues with risks of fluid imbalance and the possibility of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in the legs.

    It is no secret that the well-known Aussie beer gut is not a good look. Diet and exercise go a long way to helping get rid of it, but liposuction can offer a more rapid and predictable result. Liposuction for men generally includes the love handle area, the abdomen and sometimes the chest. The average male’s skin contracts better than women’s and skin etching techniques can define the six-pack, the pectorals and the waist area.

    If diet and exercise have failed to give you the shape you need, then you should not only keep up the good work but consider liposuction. I use the ultrasonic and power cannula techniques to refine the male torso. We have been delighted with the definition that can be achieved by using the newer operating procedures.

    This 40 year old male is a recent case shown here before and after liposuction.


    Male Liposuction

    Many women gain weight on their hips and thighs during their teenage years. This if often related to genetics. The main contributor to later fat deposits is hormonal including pregnancies, menopause or HRT (hormone replacement therapy). Overeating is another contributor. We encourage a healthy diet and regular exercise but this is not enough for many patients. Treatment options include liposculpture, either with a traditional procedure or the newer ultrasonic method or for patients with more sagging skin around the abdomen, a “tummy tuck” may be more suitable.

    In some patients, particularly those with very large amounts of fat deposits or loose and sagging skin (possibly after a large weight loss) we may suggest a thigh or body lift. The scars from these procedures are extensive but generally tolerated in order to get rid of the large amount of excessive skin that accompanies dramatic weight loss.


    Figure Liposculpture: hips, inner and outer thighs

    Despite diet and exercise sometimes those hips are near impossible to get rid of!

    Liposculpture is a highly effective procedure for a young woman like yourself who is fit and but still has pockets of fat that simply will not budge. The art in liposculpture, unlike simple liposuction, is not just to remove the pockets of fat but to sculpt a new figure for the patient.

    To achieve a new figure requires the surgeon to have an appreciation of the artistic modeling of the fat so that after skin retraction, visually appealing contours are revealed.

    Before and after 6 months, liposculpture to the hips, abdomen, buttocks, inner and outter thighs

    Before and after 6 months, liposculpture to the hips, abdomen, buttocks, inner and outter thighs by Dr Hodgkinson

    Liposuction is extremely effective for the love handle area. Men store fat in different areas to women and just like women, find these isolated pockets of fat hard to shift with diet and exercise. Liposuction, or the removal of fat cells, is ideal in such areas to restore or even improve a man’s physique.The major difference in liposculpture for men and women, is that in men the goal is to expose muscularity, whereas in women the emphasis is on creating sensuous curves. This procedure can be carried out as an outpatient at my licensed day surgery facility.


    Before and after male liposculpture by Dr. Hodgkinson

    Male body-shaping is becoming more popular each year. To review some of Dr. Hodgkinson’s Liposuction cases, please check out our Patients’ Before and After Gallery.

    So many patients are coming to us now wanting liposculpture of their waist, hips and thighs to get back their figure so that they can fit into the summer fashions.

    Liposculpture to enhance your figure involves reshaping from the waist to the hips and thighs using the latest pneumatic and ultrasonic liposculpture cannulas. The procedure is carried out as an outpatient at my fully licensed facility, the Double Bay Day Surgery, under a light anaesthesia. Patients usually return to most activities and work within 7-10 days.

    No. Liposuction works on the deeper layer of fat, and cellulite is more superficial. Sadly, there are no truly effective treatments for cellulite.

    Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding weight fluctuations can help some people improve the appearance of cellulite.

    The compression garment helps reduce swelling for the first 24 hours and is essential to reduce serum loss into the tissue for the first few hours after the operation. It also helps flatten the tunnels caused by the removal of fat and rebinds the tissue into its new shape. After liposuction, swelling is normal and bruising will take two to three months to resolve.

    I recommend my patients wear the compression garment from four to six weeks to help the skin contract around the reshaped body.


    Liposculpture of the outer and inner thigh