The aim of any liposculpture is to create shapeliness and slenderness. The sculpture should produce flowing lines that emphasise the beauty of the silhouette.
In my opinion, liposculpture/liposuction surgery is the most artistic cosmetic surgical procedure. The surgeon is the sculptor, the patient's body is his marble, and the newly liposculptured figure is his finished work.
To create a beautiful body sculpting work, the doctor must be both artist and surgeon, with the right blend of surgical skill, clinical judgement, and artistic ability, combined with the passion to achieve great results.
However, liposculpture surgery is much more difficult than sculpting in marble because the surgeon is working on a living person.
The human body has skin that must contract and not loosen and hang; fat, which changes with posture and bone structure; and stature, which predetermines the figure's proportions.
When performing a liposculpture procedure, the surgeon must work with all these components to produce his result while keeping the safety and wellbeing of his patient uppermost in his mind.
The liposculpture surgeon must have an innate appreciation of the human figure and the principles of balance, proportion, and harmony.
These combine to create an attractive new figure.
The liposculpture surgeon's experience and training allow him to create the new form he has designed.
They also give him the ability to produce smooth curves, even results and maximise fat removal and skin contraction with the use of specialised techniques such as superficial undermining. Employing technologies and using microcannulas can further improve the result.
Dr Rastogi has been performing liposculpture in Sydney for over 18 years.
"Liposculpture is an incredibly effective and exciting procedure in which beautiful new bodies are sculptured when the surgeon has the essential combination of artistic ability and surgical skill," says Dr Rastogi.
This comes from experience and training. It allows the surgeon to evaluate the skin, the fat and the underlying musculoskeletal structures prior to performing the body sculpting to determine the potential for his patient to achieve the desired result.
He evaluates the skin's ability to contract, how much fat there is in an area and how much can be sculpted away. He also evaluates when it is safe to perform liposculpture surgery and how much fat can be removed for an effective result.
I believe it is essential for the surgeon to be passionate about his work, his results and also his patients' wellbeing. It is only natural that a patient contemplating a liposculpture surgery in Sydney will be apprehensive about the procedure and outcome. Empathy, comfort, and patience from the surgeon allow the patient to express themselves, so their desires can be understood and satisfied. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this instance, the beholder is the patient. It is the patient above all who should appreciate and enjoy the result of the procedure.
As with most cosmetic procedures, liposuction has a multi-faceted cost structure. The cost components of your liposculpture procedure include surgeon's fees, anaesthetist's fees, and hospital fees.
Firstly, Dr Rastogi will charge a fee to perform your liposculpture. Surgeon's fees usually differ from surgeon to surgeon, depending on their qualifications, experience, and professional recognition. As a vastly experienced body surgeon, you can expect Dr Rastogi's fees to reflect this.
In addition to this, you will need to pay a fee to your anaesthetist, who administers your medication throughout the procedure and pay fees to the hospital for the use of operating theatre space. We will give you an estimation of these fees prior to surgery.
Ultimately, the cost of liposculpture depends on the area being treated. Essentially, the formula with which the cost is determined is based on time. To use an operating theatre, there is a cost per time unit, which ultimately runs at around $7,000 an hour.
But what does that mean?
Performing liposculpture on the hips, knees or thighs, for example, would likely take around 45 minutes. Say that you chose to operate on two of these areas, the procedure would take around an hour and a half and cost around $10,000.
Of course, the more areas you treat, the more the procedure will go up in cost. Some areas are bigger and take a little longer; however, even some smaller areas can take extra time due to being more intricate to operate on.
Let's say, for example, that you were receiving liposculpture on your outer thighs, inner thighs, and knees. This procedure would likely cost around $12,000. If you were to add your lower abdomen to the procedure, the cost would increase to around $15,000.
If you are interested in liposuction, we recommend booking a consultation with Dr Rastogi to receive a more accurate idea of how much the procedure will cost.
There is a big difference between liposculpture and liposuction. Liposculpture is not concentrated on the bulk reduction of fat as a liposuction procedure is but instead uses fat removal to sculpt the figure and create more harmonious curves.
Using specialised microcannulas and advanced techniques, liposculpture is a fine, precise, and predictable sculpting procedure. Superficial undermining is the technique of removing fat from directly underneath the skin. This procedure achieves greater skin retraction and allows for very precise sculpting.
The liposculpture procedure in Australia is very safe, and Australia has an impressive record by world standards. However, the quality of results very much reflect the skill and vision of the surgeon, so patients are advised to choose their surgeon carefully, looking for not only training and experience but artistic vision as well.
Liposculpture can be performed under either local or general anaesthesia, depending on your personal preference. Dr Rastogi uses Vaser liposuction in his practice, which offers a gentler approach to liposculpture, with less bleeding and reduced recovery times.
Once you have been anaesthetised, Dr Rastogi will inject the target area with a saline solution mixed with an anaesthetic to prepare the fat for treatment. He will then make a very small incision in the treatment area, through which he will insert the Vaser probe. Once positioned correctly, the device will deliver ultrasonic energy to break up and dissolve the fat. Using a cannula, this fat is then suctioned out of the treatment area. After the procedure is complete, a small amount of the solution will be left in the target area to reduce discomfort and will be absorbed by the body in a few days.
Liposculpture techniques can be used to reshape and sculpt numerous areas of the body. Some of the areas most requested by Dr Rastogi's patients include:
Following your liposculpture procedure, you will need to take some time to rest and heal. Immediately after surgery, Dr Rastogi will apply dressings to the treated area, and you will be provided with compression garments to minimise swelling and support healing. Swelling, bruising and soreness are to be expected after liposuction surgery; however, this can be managed with medication prescribed by Dr Rastogi.
Most liposculpture patients can return to their everyday tasks and activities in as little as two days and usually return to work within a week after surgery. Physically demanding work is an exception, as patients must avoid all strenuous activities for at least six weeks following their liposuction procedure.
It is important to keep in mind that you will not see the results of your liposculpture right away. Post-surgical swelling can persist for several months, during which your contours will gradually improve.
Liposculpture is performed to improve the body's contours by removing excess fat to create a slimmer, more attractive shape. While not a weight loss procedure, liposculpture can still be performed on bigger patients, so long as their lifestyle changes afterwards.
During a liposculpture procedure, tiny incisions are made into the skin. These incisions are usually around 4mm in size, although they can be bigger or smaller, depending on your surgeon and the instruments used. Once those incisions are made, fluids are placed into the area where the liposculpture will be performed. This is done to soften up the fat, numb the area, and tighten up blood vessels to prevent excessive bruising.
The instrument used to perform liposculpture is known as a cannula. This is a long, thin tube with a rounded end with a series of holes along the shaft. A common misconception surrounding liposculpture is that the surgeon sticks a tube in to suck the fat out. This is not strictly true. Think of the cannula like a file. During liposculpture, the cannula is moved backwards and forwards, acting like a file that files the fat down to create the desired shape. Those tiny filings of fat then come out through suction.
There is very little blood involved in a liposculpture procedure, both because the fat itself is very soft and is easily removed, and because the blood vessels in the area have been shrunken down by the medications placed into the incisions. This means that once the fat is removed, the skin will contract. After the procedure, patients will typically need to wear a garment to hold the skin against the muscles, allowing the skin to re-fix to its new shape.
To answer this question, we first need to understand how physiology affects how fat works. Fat cells are like brain cells - the body can create new ones; however, it is difficult for the body to do so. Essentially, when fat cells are physically removed from the body, the body has trouble putting new ones back in. When a person gains or loses weight, they don't gain more or less fat cells. Instead, their fat cells get larger or smaller, but the number of fat cells in the body remains the same. During a liposculpture procedure, the fat cells are physically removed. Once they are removed, they are less likely to return.
If a person only removes few fat cells in a specific area and the majority remain in the body, a little bit of expansion in those remaining fat cells will return the problem. However, if a person undergoes a more significant liposculpture procedure and the majority of the fat cells in an area are removed, the ability to regain fat in that area is significantly reduced. For this reason, Dr Rastogi will usually remove 70 to 80 percent of the fat that's in an area when performing liposuction.
So, why doesn't Dr Rastogi simply remove all of the fat cells in the treated area? The reason for this is because the shape and attractiveness of the figure is a result of the sculpture of the remaining fat. The gorgeous curves that Dr Rastogi creates aren't just skin on muscle, and we need just enough fat to produce those beautiful contours. Despite that, the vast bulk of fat will be removed during the procedure, which will remove the vast bulk of your ability to gain weight.
A common question that Dr Rastogi receives is: If the fat is gone from my tummy, is it going to come back somewhere else? The short answer to that is no. The longer answer? Maybe.
Why is this? It isn't that your fat will go somewhere else because it couldn't go to the area that was removed during your liposculpture. Instead, it's because we've removed the areas that caused your problem, meaning that you don't perceive weight gain until you've relaxed your lifestyle and gained weight in areas that you normally wouldn't have. In short, if you maintain a healthy lifestyle after your procedure, you won't gain fat in new areas.
Suitable candidates for liposculpture are men and women who:
Learn more about whether you are a suitable candidate for liposuction by booking a consultation with Dr Rastogi.
Your consultation with Dr Rastogi provides you with an opportunity to discuss your cosmetic concerns and learn more about your desired procedure. If you are nervous about revealing your insecurities to a stranger, don't. Dr Rastogi is known for his warm nature and strong patient communication.
During your consultation, Dr Rastogi will examine your areas of concern to determine whether liposculpture is a viable option for you. He will take pre-operative photographs for medical records before discussing the procedure steps, recovery period and associated risks. Dr Rastogi will take the time to answer any questions you may have so that you can leave your consultation with the knowledge required to make an informed decision to proceed with surgery.
During your liposculpture consultation, Dr Rastogi will give you a comprehensive list of instructions to help you prepare for surgery. To optimise results and reduce complications, Dr Rastogi will ask you to quit smoking and may recommend adjusting certain medications. He will also provide instructions on what to do the day before your procedure regarding fasting, showering and what to bring to the hospital. To ensure your safety and comfort during the procedure, it is vital that you follow his instructions carefully.
Your liposculpture results will not be visible immediately after surgery. While you may notice a subtle improvement in your contours, you will need to allow time for swelling to subside and the skin to retract before your final results become visible. This can take anywhere between three to 12 months. Despite this, your liposculpture results should be permanent, provided that you practice healthy diet and exercise habits following surgery.
Although scarring is an inevitable part of any cosmetic procedure, liposculpture usually results in very small, barely visible scars. The cannulas used to remove your fat are very small, meaning that you can expect your scars to be less than one centimetre long. These scars will fade within six to 12 months following surgery, leaving behind no evidence that you ever had surgery in the first place.
You will need to wear a compression garment following your liposculpture procedure. This is to minimise swelling and help your body conform to its new contours. Depending on Dr Rastogi's instructions, you will need your compression garment full time for around three weeks full time and three weeks part-time.
Dr Rastogi will remove up to 80 percent of fat in the treatment area during your liposculpture procedure, depending on your desired outcome and the percentage of body fat in the area. However, keep in mind that Dr Rastogi does abide by the guidelines that suggest that no more than five litres are removed from the body in a single procedure. If you wish to remove more than five litres of fat, you may require additional liposuction procedures.
It is important to keep in mind that liposuction is not a method for weight loss. While Dr Rastogi can treat patients who are overweight, there is only so much fat that he can remove. As such, we advise that you achieve a healthy, stable weight before surgery and save liposuction for those stubborn remaining bulges of fat.
While Dr Rastogi is an experienced surgeon who always takes every step to minimise complications, every cosmetic procedure is associated with a level of risk. In particular, some of the potential liposculpture complications to be aware of include: