Liposuction (lipoplasty or suction-assisted lipectomy) is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgical procedures. Liposuction is a surgical procedure during which excessive fat is removed from deposits beneath the skin using cannulas (hollowed tubes) connected to a suction device.
Liposuction is a technique designed to contour localized areas of unwanted fat. It slims and reshapes specific body areas. It is not a treatment for obesity.
The success of liposuction depends not only on adequate fat removal but also on retraction (shrinking) of the skin overlying treated areas. The areas typically treated with liposuction are:
- Abdomen and waist
- Inner knee
- Back (especially "back rolls")
- Chest area
- Calves and ankles
- Cheeks, chin, and neck
Liposuction can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures (like tummy tuck, breast reduction or facelift).
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR LIPOSUCTION?
You are an ideal candidate for liposuction if you:
- are an adult with close to ideal weight (within 30%)
- have good quality elastic skin and good muscle tone
- are in good health
- don't smoke
- have realistic expectations and a positive outlook
WHAT LIPOSUCTION WON'T DO
Liposuction is a procedure contouring localized fatty deposits. It is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is not effective in treatment of cellulite (in fact it can make it worse). It will not help patients with loose saggy skin in the areas of concern.