Ask Dr John: All About Liposuction

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for liposuction?

To tell if you’re a good candidate for liposuction, I’d have to see you via a free consultation and ultimately see how much fat you have that could be sucked out.

If there’s a lot of fat (i.e. more than four litres), then I’d do it in two or three stages.

Another variable within the procedure would be considering how much loose skin that you’d then have following the surgery.

What kind of results should I expect?

Good results, because I’m the best! But, the results that we’re looking for are to basically have a smooth, tight result in the skin without any lumpiness. The procedure should also see a decrease in the amount of fat and adipose tissue in the area. For example, if we’re focusing on the abdomen, then you are going to get flatter abs.

What kind of anaesthesia is used?

 I like to use tumescence topical anaesthesia. It’s my own mix, that I’ve worked through the last couple of years (and also tested out on myself!) so I know that it works and all of my patients don’t feel any pain at all.

It’s a fluid that has different types of anaesthetic (some of which are short lasting and long lasting), and then I add in some adrenaline and some bicarbonate into the area to numb everything up.

What tools or techniques do you use?

I like to use VASER. VASER liposuction melts the fat also because it heats up the area and tighten the skin afterwards, giving a nice, smooth finish.

Then I will use the regular liposuction cannulas, go in with a larger gauge at first then go down to the smaller ones.

What do I need to do prior to the surgery?

Prior to liposuction, to prepare, I will say to every patient, start with and have a good nutrition. The reason for this is because after you lose the fat and weight from liposuction, it’s important to keep that excess weight off.

This doesn’t go to say that you should be fasting or undertaking any extreme types of diets. The best thing to do is control your nutrition before undergoing the surgery so that it is easier to keep off and maintain the liposuction’s aftereffects.

Another good tip is to start a good exercise regime. After the procedure, you’ll have to rest up for about two weeks, so it’s good to get some activity in beforehand. Then, you can slowly resume your routine. If you don’t already have a good exercise routine, it may be a good idea to find a good personal trainer to help you get started.

Avoiding alcohol, smoking and caffeine on the lead-up to liposuction is also vital.

Coupling these good habits will help you later in getting the body and look that you desire.

How long does the procedure take?

It depends on how much fat we have to remove. If it’s in one small problem area, it could take 30-45 mins. However, if you have about four litres that you’re looking to remove, then you could be looking at about two hours. It’s really give or take, and everybody is different.

What is recovery like and when can I return to work?

It depends on what your line of work is. Recovery-wise, you’re likely going to be swollen, bruised or leaky for a couple of days, so within that time, you should stay home. It’s important during this time to stay calm, relax and avoid doing anything that’ll cause strain to your body for about two weeks.

After the first week, I’d advise to get a lymphatic massage, which helps to get everything smoothened out and recover the body a lot quicker.

After two weeks, you’re pretty much safe to resume your normal life.

How much does the procedure cost and what payment options are available?

 Costs are different for everybody. It depends on:

  • The area we’re working on
  • How much fat we have to take out

We have many different payment options that are suited and catered to help you out – ultimately, we want to help everybody achieve the best results, as well as help them pay for it as well.

Rather watch the video? Watch it here:


Our latest articles:

Our latest articles: