What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from a specific area of the body such as the buttocks, hips, thigs arms, neck, or abdomen. Liposuction is not only used to decrease the volume of fat in an area but also to shape (contour) in these areas.
The liposuction procedure includes the following steps: Anesthesia, incision, and results.
Medications are administered for your comfort during the surgical procedure. The choices include local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia. Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
When to consider Liposuction
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that uses a suction technique to remove fat from specific areas of the body, such as the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks, arms, or neck. Liposuction also shapes (contours) in these areas. You may be a candidate for liposuction if you have too much body fat in specific spots but otherwise have stable body weight.
Who is an appropriate candidate?
Adults within 30% of their ideal weight have firm, elastic skin, and good muscle tone. Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing. Nonsmokers and individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring.