Liposuction | Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon


Double Bay, Sydney & Hawthorn East, Melbourne
Sydney 1300 661 362    Melbourne 1300 264 811

Liposuction and Liposculpture in Melbourne or Sydney

Liposuction, also known as Liposculpture, can help you reach your ideal body shape. While diet and exercise are the best weight-loss solutions, many women and men suffer from stubborn pockets of fat that exercising just will not budge. These fatty deposits can leave you feeling flabby and unattractive, and cause your body to lose definition.

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Dr Richard Sackelariou is a leading plastic surgeon for liposuction and body surgery in Melbourne and Sydney helping patients seeking a more sculpted appearance. With over 20 years of experience, he is a calm, caring and precise surgeon.

Please make sure that you always choose a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon for your liposuction as it can also be performed in back rooms by many inexperienced junior doctors or ‘ cosmetic surgeons’, who are NOT trained, plastic surgeons.

If you are near your ideal weight and still cannot seem to shed those last few fatty spots, Liposculpture is the treatment for you. There’s nothing worse than doing your all to lose weight only to find it simply will not happen! But we can help.

Liposculpture does not surgically tighten your skin, with this in mind this treatment is ideal for patients who are in the good physical condition and have ‘youthful’ skin qualities. In some cases, after Liposuction excess skin may be present and require surgical removal to achieve a good cosmetic result.

Who can Benefit from Liposuction?

Excessive Fat, Post-surgical or post-traumatic fat deposits

Stubborn fat deposits can occur due to genetics, surgical procedures and traumatic events. Patients often have fat accumulating around their stomach, thighs and back, which can be difficult to completely remove with diet and exercise. These deposits leave you with a flabby appearance that can prevent your clothes from fitting properly and destroy your confidence.

Post-Pregnancy Concerns

Fat can accumulate during pregnancy and is often resistant to diet and exercise. While gaining weight is common and good during pregnancy, it can drastically change the composition of your body after birth. Many women find it difficult to lose weight after birth, even with rigorous diet and exercise plans. This weight retention can occur even after your first pregnancy and is especially common after multiple pregnancies.


Many people with stubborn fat pockets lack the definition – or curves – they desire. This loss of definition is especially prominent around the waist, hips and neck. Liposculpture can reshape your body giving women the feminine curves they desire and removing abdominal fat from men that may be masking their muscles. Liposculpture improves your body’s contours, giving you the lean shape you have fought hard for.

What do You want from Your Liposculpture Surgery?

Waist area

Fat accumulating around the waist is common in both men and women, making many feel flabby and undefined. Liposculpture can remove the excess fat deposits that are hiding the lean figure you have been cultivating beneath.


Many women find fat accumulation in the buttocks to be uncomfortable and embarrassing. It can be difficult to find clothing that fits and it can throw off the balance of your figure. Liposculpture can help bring your body back into balance by removing the excess fat from your buttocks, often coupled with removal from the inner and outer thigh.

Face (Chin and Neck)

Fat under the chin and on the neck can not only lead to the appearance of a double chin, but also a weak chin. Fat accumulation here can obscure the jawline and make you appear heavier than you really are. These fat deposits can also cause you to have a prematurely aged look. Liposculpture can restore a more graceful and natural definition to your face and neck as part of a Neck Lift or Facelift procedure.

Breast Enlargement in Men

The dreaded Male Breast or “man boob” plagues many men, even after rigorous diet and exercise. Men are embarrassed or ashamed to take off their shirts in public, leading to a lack of confidence and sense of attractiveness. Liposculpture can resculpt the chest to give you the manly physique you deserve.

Outer and Inner Thighs

Unwanted fat on the inner and outer thigh can contribute to the dreaded “muffin top” look, especially in your favourite jeans. It can prevent clothing from fitting properly and generally make you feel unbalanced and unattractive. Liposculpture can help remove these areas of fat, returning your natural, feminine curves.

Knees, Calves and Ankles

Many people do not realise that stubborn fat can cling to the knees, calves and ankles as well. This can lead to the dreaded “cankle” look and generally cause a lack of definition in the lower leg. Liposculpture can help redefine the delicate angles and curves of the leg to give you a more feminine feel.

Before and After Liposuction

What to consider when considering Liposuction

As with any surgical procedure, there is no guarantee of results. And even in the hands of the most experienced surgeon, a secondary operation to correct any minor irregularities might be required.

It is important to keep in mind:

  1. Often it can take between 6 and 8 weeks for the benefits of Liposuction to be visible.
  2. Sometimes it takes as long as 6 months to see the final result; so don’t be disheartened if you don’t see an improvement straight away.

The best candidates for any type of cosmetic or plastic surgery are those who are looking to improve or enhance their appearance: not those who are seeking some idea of perfection. Having realistic expectations of what surgery can achieve for you is an important part of understanding your treatment.


Frequently Asked Questions

How is the procedure performed?

Liposuction removes localised fat deposits through metal tubes that pass through small incisions. A vacuum apparatus applies a negative pressure and the fat is removed from the area.

Typically, liposuction is done as a day stay procedure, however if the procedure involves the abdomen or a large volume of fat is removed then an overnight stay is needed.

What should I expect after surgery?

Following your surgery you may experience some discomfort and even at times some page: this can last for a few days to a week. It’s hard to predict exactly what will happen because this is a highly personal experience based on multiple factors like: the extent of the procedure and each patient’s pain threshold.

After the surgery you will wear a garment which provides support and pressure to the treated areas. You will need to wear this garment for six weeks after treatment. For the first 24 to 72 hours after liposuction treatment you will need to rest. You can return to normal bathing activities after a week.

Bruising and swelling may last up to three weeks or longer in some cases. If lump areas last longer these may require massage.

When can I return to normal activities?

You should be able to return to work six or seven days after surgery. After two weeks you can return to general exercise, and we recommend you avoid vigorous exercise for six weeks.

What you should do before and after surgery

  • For two weeks avoid aspirin
  • Do not smoke for two weeks after surgery as this can delay healing
  • Stop taking oral contraceptive from the time you decide to proceed with surgery.

Are there any risks?

All surgery carries with it some risk: and it is most unlikely you’ll experience any difficulty. However, there are potential complications patients need to be aware of prior to undergoing any cosmetic or plastic surgery. To reduce the risk of post-operative complications you should closely follow your surgeon’s instructions.

  • Bleeding

After surgery you will wear a pressure garment and binder to prevent bleeding. If bleeding does occur it will be immediately after surgery or that evening. In some cases of post-operative bleeding you may need to return to the operating theatre.

  • Infection

Infection is rare as we provide patients with antibiotics to prevent it. If infection does occur it will be evident inside of one week after surgery, and it might delay the healing process. In the unlikely event of infection it may negatively impact the end result of surgery.

  • Sensation

Rarely do patients suffer permanent loss of sensation in treated areas. usually areas of numbness disappear after some weeks or months after treatment

  • Anaesthesia

This procedure will be carried out under general anaesthetic. If you have any questions about general anaesthesia and its after-effects it’s best to discuss this with your anaesthetist who is better poised to answer your questions.

  • Contour

Knowing when the right amount of fat has been removed is one of the hardest parts of performing liposuction. Removing the right amount of fat and producing a nice flat result cannot always be guaranteed. If too much or too little fat is removed this can produce a contour defect such as rippling or dimpling. If this does occur a second operation may be necessary.

Patients who are overweight or over 35 must be willing to accept a great risk of these contour irregularities and poor skin redraping in exchange for looking better in clothing.

  • Circulation

While it is rare there is a risk of clots in your legs. To reduce this risk calf compression is used during surgery and stockings are used afterward. The risk of blood clots can be reduced by flexing your calves after surgery to maintain leg circulation and moving around as soon as possible.

  • Bruising and swelling

When inner thighs or knees are treated bruising and swelling occurs. Ankle swelling can occur and last a number of weeks. This can be helped by elevating the legs each day.


About Dr Richard Sackelariou Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Richard Sackelariou MBBS FRACS(Plas) is a Specialist Plastic, Cosmetic and Reconstructive  Surgeon in Melbourne, Victoria and Sydney, Australia.

He is a highly sought-after Plastic Surgeon for precision procedures like nose reshaping, tummy tucks, breast surgery including transaxillary incision methods, implant removal/replacement and Breast Lift procedures,

He is particularly known for his signature surgeries – neck lift, facelift and eyelid rejuvenation procedures. He also performs expert cosmetic injections for facial rejuvenation.

Patient’s love his caring manner, his dedication to excellence and his extensive expertise in surgical planning for a natural-looking, harmonious result.

Next Steps – Book a Consultation with Dr Sackelariou

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If you are considering reconstructive plastic or cosmetic surgery then Dr Richard is the specialist plastic surgeon for you. Dr Sackelariou can assist you in achieving your desired image, helping restore you to a more youthful or confident self.


  • A Referral from your GP or from your specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a cosmetic consultation without a GP Referral although no Medicare rebates are claimable without one.
  • You can schedule a confidential consultation with your selected Specialist Surgeon by paying the $300 consult fee in advance.
  • Email us below or Call to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment


  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes


If you would like to know more about how Dr Richard can help you, please contact us today.

Phone Melbourne 1300 264 811 or Sydney 1300 661 362  to enquire or request a consultation.

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