(09) 575 4749

Liposuction / Liposculpture


A gain in weight of a person can lead to an uneven distribution of fat around the body. These deposits of fat may be resistant to change with dieting or exercise. There are certainly differences between men and women in their fat deposition. Liposuction can be used to reshape body; it should not be seen as a method of significant weight loss.

Liposuction is used as an adjunct to many cosmetic and reconstructive procedures.

Liposuction consultation


will involve discussion of the areas of fat deposit that the patient is concerned about. An assessment of the quality of the patient’s skin quality especially its elasticity as this will effect the outcome of liposuction. Areas with loose skin or poor elasticity are not suitable for liposuction.

Measurements will also be taken for compression garments that will be worn after the procedure.

Liposuction surgery

involves a general anaesthetic unless the area to be treated is quite small when local anaesthetic is used. Dr Mills uses a tumescent technique in which a solution of fluid and local anaesthetic to reduce localized bleeding. Small 1cm incisions are then made to insert a tube which is connected to suction. It is important to remove the fat at multiple levels and different directions to ensure a regular contouring. In areas in which the fat is associated with fibrous tissue, (such as the back or male breast/gynaecomastia) ultrasonic assisted liposuction may be used.

Once the desired amount of fat is removed the incisions are closed with either tapes or sutures and a compression garment is put on.

After Surgery

most patients can go home the same day unless they have had particularly large volumes of fat removed. Pain and discomfort are normally controlled with paracetamol. The patient needs to wear compression garment for 4-6 weeks. Bruising tends to be maximal at 4 days and is usually resolved by 10 days. Depending on the extent of the liposuction determines when a patient can return to work or normal activities and ranges from a few days to 2 weeks.

Our Clinics

St Heliers Bay

188 St. Heliers Bay Rd
Auckland, NZ
View Map


105 Remuera Rd
Auckland, NZ
View Map


Greenwoods Medical Centre
641 Manukau Rd
Auckland, NZ
View Map

For your plastic surgery appointments, please call 09 575 4749