Also known as lipoplasty, Liposuction 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. Best candidates are individuals with localized fat deposits on the body with good skin elasticity ; the more elastic the skin, the better liposuction works.
Liposuction surgery can be used to treat stubborn fat pockets in many parts of the body including the thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, back, inner knee, chest, cheeks, 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
There is actual removal of fat cells rather than reduction in size of the cells. It is considered a safe and effective way to remove unsightly bulges from almost any area. Fat deposits that don't respond to exercise and diet regimes are ideal targets for liposuction. The most popular areas for women are the abdomens, inner and outer thighs, hips, waist, upper back, buttocks and knees. Liposuction can even be used as a way of reducing heavy breasts in some women. Patients who are very overweight may have to undergo these procedures in stages.
These techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Types of Liposuction
Tumescent Liposuction, one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery. The tumescent or super-wet technique requires an infusion of saline solution with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat Then, a small hollow tube, like a metal straw, which is attached to a vacuum, is then inserted through a small incision into the fat layer beneath the skin. It's moved around to break up the fat, which is then sucked out of the body. The incision is approximately 1 centimeter, and is made in an area of the body which is not noticeable (ie – abdomen liposuction would have the incision in the belly button)
Laser assisted liposuction takes advantage of the power and technology associated with medical laser beams to liquefy the fat which is then sucked out of the area.
Ultrasound assisted liposuction uses a special cannula that vibrates very rapidly and gives off ultrasound energy. As the cannula passes through the fat cells, that energy liquefies the fat cells, which are then suctioned out. The ultrasound can be administered either above the skin (with a special emitter) or below the surface of the skin (with an ultrasound cannula).
Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity and is not a replacement for regular exercise and good eating habits. People with stubborn areas of fat and who exercise regularly are the best candidates for this procedure. Liposuction 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