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Mr Kenton-Smith prefers to call the liposuction technique liposculpture. Liposculpture is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. Liposculpture permanently removes and recontours the body fat from areas of the body to reshape and restore a more aesthetic balance. Often these areas are hereditary. Areas where liposuction is commonly performed include the thighs, hips, abdomen and back. Sometimes liposuction is performed in the neck and in the arms.
The ideal candidate for liposuction is of normal weight who notices an area, e.g. the saddle bags of the thigh, which always carries excessive fat. Liposuction depends on good skin quality and is rarely suitable for areas with skin laxity or stretch marks. It is rarely suited for use around the abdomen following childbirth.
Mr Kenton-Smith performs almost all liposuction under general anaesthetic, under the care of a specialist anaesthetist at St Georges or Southern Cross Hospital. He reidentifies and marks up the areas to be recontoured and sculptured on the ward prior to surgery. These areas are agreed with the patient so that the best aesthetic balance can be achieved.
The areas to be recontoured are infiltrated with fluid and anaesthetic under general anaesthetic. A blank cannula, or hollow tube, is inserted through small stab incisions of 4-5 mm. The recontouring is performed and these small incisions are then stitched. A garment is then applied, which should be worn for three weeks after surgery. Most patients stay in hospital over night. Mr Kenton-Smith discharges them the following morning, and arranges a follow-up appointment in approximately ten days. Most people like to take 1-2 weeks off work. Bruising is commonly present for a few weeks after surgery. Within a few weeks the reshaping is very clear and the final result can be determined in about 3 months.
Liposuction is performed under general anaesthetic in hospital and costs between approximately $8,000- $12,500 depending on how large or small the area/areas are. This amount includes surgeon's fee, hospital and anaesthetist charges. A more exact price guide will be calculated after your consultation with Mr Kenton-Smith.