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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

Body Contouring Surgery


Dr Vlad ILLIE is an Australian specialist plastic surgeon with extensive expertise in body contouring post weight-loss surgery, including:

 

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Liposuction
  • Brachioplasty (arm lift)
  • Thigh lift
  • Total body contouring after weight loss
  • Post-pregnancy surgery
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction

“Whatever your needs, I customise each surgical procedure to cater to your unique characteristics and wishes. I dedicate extended time and attention to detail to ensuring that you receive individualised care and the best possible outcomes.” 

Dr Vlad ILLIE

Why Body Contouring Surgery?

Modern surgical techniques in Body Contouring allow for comprehensive sculpting of various body regions, such as the arms, midsection, buttocks, and legs, resulting in outlines that showcase one’s natural and balanced figure. Drawing upon a wealth of expertise in this field, I am well-equipped to deliver exceptional results in body contouring procedures. I pursue symmetry and individual proportion as requisites to meet your expectations for your targeted silhouette.

Body contouring surgical procedures are especially effective for those who have experienced significant weight loss due to various factors such as bariatric surgery, diet and exercise, or childbirth. By targeting specific areas of concern, my patients can achieve an improved overall appearance that aligns harmoniously with their newly slimmed figures. 

Body contouring Sydney Eastern Suburbs, tummy tuck/ abdominoplasty in Sydney, upper arm lift, thigh lift, liposuction, mummy make-over, post-pregnancy plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery in Sydney. Dr Vlad ILLIE is the best plastic surgeon in Sydney
Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck surgery)

Losing weight can lead to excess abdominal skin and loose muscles in the abdomen. To address this issue, the best approach involves removing the extra skin and fat directly, tightening the abdominal muscles, and using liposuction to contour the abdomen, hips and back by removing excess fat from these areas. These procedures can create a more toned and defined waist. 

Full abdominoplasty vs mini abdominoplasty: depending on individual needs, the procedure can involve reshaping the entire abdominal area or the lower abdomen only.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is an excellent specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck and post weight loss surgery in Sydney. 
Liposuction

Liposuction, also known as lipo, lipoplasty, or body contouring, is a prevalent plastic surgery procedure designed to eliminate excess fat from various areas of the body. While it is widely sought after for cosmetic enhancement, liposuction is not a weight loss solution. Individuals typically opt for this procedure to refine the shape and contours of specific areas such as the thighs, hips, buttocks, abdomen, arms, neck, or back, especially when conventional methods like diet and exercise prove ineffective in addressing stubborn fat deposits.

Prior to considering liposuction, it is essential to engage in a thorough discussion with Dr Vlad ILLIE due to the serious risks and potential complications associated with the procedure.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is an excellent specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in liposuction, abdominoplasty/ tummy tuck and post weight loss surgery in Sydney. 
Total body contouring surgery after weight loss

Apart from a standard abdominoplasty, body contouring surgery encompasses a variety of other procedures, addressing the torso and upper legs to sculpt the abdomen, hips, back, buttocks, thighs and breasts/ chest area.

  • Extended Abdominoplasty
  • Fleur de Lis Abdominoplasty 
  • Circumferential Abdominoplasty (belt lipectomy)
  • Upper Body Lift
  • Lower Body Lift

These procedures can help patients with the challenges of loose, sagging skin and uneven contours, resulting in a firmer and gracefully contoured physique.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is a specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in total body lift and body contouring surgery in Sydney. 

Brachioplasty (arm lift surgery)

Brachioplasty, also known as arm lift surgery, is a procedure specifically designed to address the issue of loose, sagging skin and excess fat in the arms. During the arm lift surgical procedure, the excess fat is carefully removed with liposuction, and the skin is excised and tightened to restore a smoother appearance of the arms. By undergoing a Brachioplasty, individuals can achieve arms that appear more toned and defined.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is an excellent specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in arm lift surgery and weight loss surgery in Sydney. Dr Vlad ILLIE is a specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in total body lift and body contouring surgery in Sydney.
Thigh lift surgery

Several procedures can be utilised to address excess skin and fat in the thighs. For individuals with mild to moderate excess limited to the inner thigh area, the medial thigh lift, also known as the isolated inner thigh lift, is an appropriate choice. This procedure involves removing a crescent-shaped section of inner thigh skin, resulting in an incision line confined to the inner groin crease.

For a more comprehensive approach, the circumferential thigh lift is recommended. This procedure not only targets excess skin in the medial thigh area but also addresses excess skin in the front (anterior thigh lift), sides (lateral thigh lift), and the area beneath the buttocks (posterior thigh lift). Typically, a lower body lift is performed prior to the circumferential thigh lift to establish a solid foundation for the thigh lift.

By employing these various techniques, excess skin and fat from the thighs can be effectively removed, providing patients with improved contours and a more harmonious lower body appearance. 

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Post-pregnancy surgery

Post-pregnancy surgery has gained immense popularity as it encompasses both functional and aesthetic procedures aimed at redesigning a woman’s silhouette post-pregnancy. The effects of pregnancy, including stretching abdominal muscles and skin due to the growing baby and weight gain during pregnancy and nursing, can significantly impact the abdominal area. Despite efforts in dieting and exercise, residual changes in the tummy area can persist, as the muscles may not fully recover. These changes may manifest as excess skin, stretch marks, abdominal fat, or a loss of body shape with a widening waistline.

Fortunately, several surgical options are available to address these concerns, such as abdominoplasty, mastopexy, augmentation mastopexy, breast fat grafting, and liposuction.

During your consultation with Dr ILLIE, an in-depth discussion will occur to determine the most suitable procedure(s) for your specific needs. Emphasising optimal results, Dr ILLIE will employ minimal incisions necessary while tailoring an operative plan that aligns with your body type and personal vision.

 Dr Vlad ILLIE is a specialist plastic surgeon with expertise in postpartum plastic surgery/ mummy makeovers and tummy tucks/ abdominoplasty in Sydney.

Breast lift (mastopexy)

Breast lift surgery offers an effective solution to address various concerns, such as:

  • Sagging or drooping breasts
  • Loss of breast shape
  • Breasts appearing flat, elongated, or pendulous
  • Stretched breast skin and/or enlarged areolas
  • Nipples pointing downwards
  • Nipples positioned below the inframammary fold
  • Asymmetry, where one breast sits lower than the other.

By delicately eliminating excess skin and reshaping the underlying breast tissue, a breast lift procedure revitalises the breasts, restoring an uplifted contour while maintaining the overall breast size. Following the surgery, patients enjoy firmer, perkier breasts that are positioned higher on the chest. Moreover, a breast lift can address stretched-out areolas by repositioning them and reducing their size, further addressing the overall aesthetic outcome.

As an expert in breast fat grafting, I often increase volume using the patient’s own fat instead of implants. In patients with significant previous weight loss, I combine this technique with breast lift surgery to achieve exceptional results.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is a specialist plastic surgeon in Sydney with expertise in breast lift, breast reduction, postpartum plastic surgery/ mummy makeovers and tummy tucks/ abdominoplasty in Sydney.
Breast reduction

This highly multifaceted procedure commonly involves complex surgical skills due to the need to precisely remove excess breast tissue while reshaping the breasts to achieve optimal size and contour and maintaining an adequate blood supply to the nipple-areola complex.

As an experienced plastic surgeon, I navigate the complexities of breast reduction surgery to deliver safe and natural-looking results for my patients. My choice of technique is influenced by several factors, such as the extent of breast tissue removal, size of breasts, degree of ptosis, the patient’s body type, asymmetry or unique anatomy, and personal preferences.

A thorough consultation will determine the most appropriate surgical plan tailored to each patient’s individual needs.

Dr Vlad ILLIE is a specialist plastic surgeon in Sydney with expertise in breast lift, breast reduction, postpartum plastic surgery/ mummy makeovers and tummy tucks/ abdominoplasty in Sydney.
How much does body contouring surgery costs?

Following a thorough consultation with Dr Vlad ILLIE, you will receive an itemised quote for the total cost of the procedure.

Some of the procedures presented above are of medical concern; your private health fund may cover them, so please review your policy to determine what is covered. For example, in patients who experienced major weight loss, the presence of excessive, drooping skin in the lower abdomen can result in medical symptoms such as moisture accumulation, recurring rashes, and infections (known as intertriginous dermatitis and panniculitis). When these symptoms persist despite attempted medical treatments, Medicare and private health insurance companies may acknowledge the severity of the issue and offer coverage for a portion of the lower body lift procedure. This recognition by insurance providers allows individuals to seek the necessary treatment and find relief from the associated medical complications.

The costs associated with body contouring procedures can vary based on the type of procedures involved, the anaesthetist’s fees, charges from private hospitals or day surgical facilities, the necessity for post-operative garments, duration of hospitalization, and coverage provided by your insurance.  

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Risks and complications for body contouring surgery

Before undergoing body contouring surgery, a thorough discussion with Dr ILLIE is essential to address various medical issues, including:

  • Physical Health Assessment: An examination is conducted to evaluate your overall physical health, determine the treatment’s appropriateness, and ensure a safe surgical experience.
  • Reviewing Medical History: Pre-existing medical conditions and past surgeries are crucial factors that influence decisions, including the choice of anaesthesia. A comprehensive medical history ensures a tailored approach to your unique circumstances.
  • Understanding Risks and Complications: A transparent discussion about potential risks and complications allows you to make informed decisions regarding the suitability of body contouring for you. Dr ILLIE prioritises patient education to ensure you are well-prepared for the journey ahead.
  • Medication Disclosure: Open communication about regular medications and recent use of over-the-counter preparations, including supplements, is vital for effective surgical planning and risk management.
  • Past Reactions to Drugs: Any history of adverse drug reactions, including responses to anaesthesia, is thoroughly discussed to personalise the surgical approach and minimise risks.
  • Preparation for Surgery: Detailed pre-operative instructions, including medication adjustments and at-home preparations, are provided to optimise your readiness for surgery. Compliance with these instructions is crucial for a seamless experience.

Complications of body contouring surgery:

While all surgeries carry some level of risk, body contouring poses specific complications that Dr ILLIE wants patients to be aware of:

  1. Seroma (Fluid Accumulation): Seroma, the accumulation of fluid beneath the skin, can occur after body contouring procedures. Dr ILLIE employs techniques such as compression garments and drainage tubes to minimise the risk of seroma formation and enhance recovery.
  2. Hematoma (Blood Accumulation): Hematoma, the collection of blood outside blood vessels, is a potential complication. Dr ILLIE’s meticulous surgical techniques aim to minimise the risk of hematoma formation, promoting a smoother recovery process.
  3. Infection at the Incision Site: Infection at the incision site is a risk in any surgical procedure. Dr ILLIE prioritises sterile surgical environments and stringent infection control protocols to mitigate this risk and ensure optimal healing.
  4. Blood Clots (Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism): The formation of blood clots is a concern, carrying potential cardiovascular complications. Dr ILLIE emphasises preventive measures, including early ambulation and compression stockings, to minimise the risk of blood clots.
  5. Lower Abdominal Numbness: Numbness in the lower abdominal region is a common side effect, particularly in procedures like abdominoplasty. Dr ILLIE discusses this aspect during pre-operative consultations, ensuring patients have realistic expectations about sensory changes they may experience.

It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive, and individual factors, including medical history and lifestyle, may contribute to increased risk. A personalised discussion with your medical practitioner is essential for a comprehensive understanding of potential complications.

Self-care at home after body contouring surgery:

Post-operative care is a crucial phase in the journey toward optimal results. Dr ILLIE provides general self-care suggestions, including:

Rest: Adequate rest is paramount, with gentle walking recommended in the initial post-operative days to support circulation and healing.

Avoid Strenuous Activities: Refrain from strenuous activities or exercise for at least four weeks to allow your body to heal without added stress.

Stress-Free Stitches: Prevent stress on stitches by avoiding tight clothing that may rub against wounds, ensuring a smooth healing process.

Compression Garments: If prescribed by your doctor, wearing compression garments for several weeks aids in minimising swelling and promoting optimal recovery.

Open Communication: Report any bleeding, severe pain, or unusual symptoms promptly to your medical practitioner for immediate attention and guidance.

Long-term outlook following body contouring surgery:

As you envision the long-term results of your body contouring journey, consider the following insights from Dr ILLIE :

  • Immediate Changes: Your silhouette in clothes transforms immediately, providing a glimpse of the aesthetic enhancements. However, body contouring does not prevent skin sagging with significant weight fluctuations in the future.
  • Age-Related Changes: Acknowledge and accept a certain degree of sagging as a natural part of the aging process. Realistic expectations contribute to overall satisfaction with the results.
  • Permanent Scarring: Scars are inevitable but should fade over time. Patience is key, as improvements to scars may take around a year or more.
  • Results Timing: Recognise that achieving the full results of body contouring may take time, similar to the duration of your weight loss journey. The individualised plan for your surgery aligns with your goals and Dr ILLIE’s professional judgment.
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Risks factors for complications of post-bariatric skin reduction surgery

Post-bariatric skin reduction surgery, while transformative, carries inherent risks influenced by various factors. Patient-specific characteristics and the extent of the surgical procedure contribute to potential complications. Key risk factors include:

  • Extent of Weight Loss: Patients with significant weight loss may experience more extensive excess skin, increasing the complexity of the surgery and the potential for complications.
  • Age and Overall Health: Advanced age and compromised overall health may heighten the risk of complications. Good general health is essential for optimal healing.
  • Pre-existing Medical Conditions: Conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues, or a history of blood clotting disorders can elevate the risk of complications during and after surgery.
  • Smoking and Lifestyle Habits: Smoking impedes circulation and compromises tissue healing, significantly increasing the risk of complications. Unhealthy lifestyle habits can also contribute to surgical challenges.
  • Nutritional Status: Malnutrition or deficiencies in essential nutrients may impede wound healing and increase susceptibility to infections.
  • Type of Procedure: The specific skin reduction procedure chosen, such as abdominoplasty or body lift, can influence the risk profile. More extensive surgeries may entail higher risks.
  • Surgeon’s Expertise: The skill and experience of the surgeon play a crucial role. An experienced surgeon can minimise risks through meticulous planning and execution.

Understanding these risk factors and undergoing thorough pre-operative assessments enable surgeons to tailor procedures and implement necessary precautions, ensuring a safer post-bariatric skin reduction surgery experience.

Pre-operative Measures for Post-Bariatric Body Contouring: Minimising Complications

Optimising the path to successful post-bariatric body contouring surgery involves strategic pre-operative measures to minimise potential complications. Achieving or nearing your ideal weight and maintaining it for at least 6 months before the procedure is crucial, as higher BMI correlates with increased risks. Prioritising gut health through pre-operative probiotics helps maintain balance, reducing the chance of post-operative infections.

Maintaining impeccable hygiene, including using antibacterial soap pre-surgery, significantly lowers the risk of wound infections. Comprehensive health evaluations, including blood tests, aid in identifying deficiencies that could impede healing. Addressing nutrient deficiencies through supplements and treating underlying health issues enhances wound healing and diminishes post-operative complications.

Smoking cessation for at least six weeks before surgery is paramount, as smoking hinders blood flow, potentially delaying healing. Limiting alcohol intake before the procedure mitigates blood-thinning effects, reducing the risk of excessive bleeding during surgery.

Transparent communication with Dr Vlad ILLIE about medication use, especially blood-thinning over-the-counter drugs, ensures a safe discontinuation plan before surgery. These meticulous pre-operative measures pave the way for a smoother post-bariatric body contouring surgery experience.

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It is all about you!

     “I have a rich experience in a wide range of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical interventions, and during the consultation, we can discuss what is the best approach for your particular situation.”

Dr Vlad ILLIE - plastic and reconstruction surgeon Bondi Junction, Sydney and Gosford, Central Coast
Dr Vlad ILLIE - plastic and reconstructive surgeon Sydney and Central Coast
Dr Vlad ILLIE - plastic and reconstruction surgeon Bondi Junction, Sydney - specialist breast lift surgery

Great microsurgical skills are essential for plastic surgeons to perform complex reconstructive procedures, such as breast and facial reconstruction, which involve the transfer of tissue and reattachment of blood vessels and nerves. These delicate procedures require precision and extensive expertise to achieve optimal results and minimise the risk of complications. With advanced microsurgical skills, Dr Vlad ILLIE can offer his patients safe, effective, and long-lasting solutions to their aesthetic and reconstructive and aesthetic needs.
Through direct involvement in managing an experimental microsurgery laboratory during his early training and subsequently instructing practical microsurgery courses, Dr Vlad ILLIE acquired the professional expertise to handle complex reconstructive cases and revisions from previous operations.
For further information about Dr Vlad ILLIE’s work and research publications in the microsurgical field and for his contribution to microsurgical training, please click here.

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Dr Vlad ILLIE, a specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeon based in Sydney, holds qualifications as a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). 

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