Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image.
Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some people may still have a body with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits. These areas may be due to family traits rather than a lack of weight control or fitness.
Liposuction surgery can be used to treat stubborn fat pockets in many parts of the body including:
- Abdomen and waist
- Thighs, hips and buttocks
- Arms, neck and back
- Inner knee
- Cheeks and chin
- Calves and ankles
In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks.
People with stubborn areas of fat and who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure.
The results are permanent only if you maintain your weight.
- Liposuction is not for weight loss
- Patients should be within 30% of ideal body weight
- Healthy and physically active with good elastic skin tone
- Liposuction works best when it addresses specific areas resulting in slimmer contours with better
overall body proportion.
- Liposuction does not erase cellulite and it can sometimes make cellulite worse.
How Liposuction is done
A series of hollow tubes are used to remove fat cells from beneath the skin. Performed through multiple small incisions. It is usually an outpatient procedure which takes approximately1-4 hours under general anesthesia. Local anesthesia may be used if the area is small. Pressure garments are worn postop to decrease swelling and bruising.
Weight Maintenance is KEY to success of the procedure.
Areas commonly treated include
- Male breasts
- Female breasts