Conventional liposuction is surgical body sculpting and fat removal from localized areas of the body. It is also called lipoplasty. During the procedure, fat is extracted from under the skin by a vacuum. It is used to target specific body areas that are resistant to diet and exercise. Patients may elect to have liposuction on their arms, hips, thighs, abdomens, backs, and love handles. Liposuction is not a weight loss method but it is a way to remove fat from specific areas.
Liposuction is relatively simple and it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. The doctor inserts a steel tube called a cannula through tiny incisions on the skin. The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump. The cannula is placed between the muscle and the skin to specifically target the fat cells. The cannula is used as a sculpting tool to reshape the body. As fat is removed, it creates tiny tunnels under the surface of the skin. Once these tunnels shrink and heal, the treated area takes on a smoother, more contoured appearance.
Conventional liposuction is different from tumescent liposuction, which is a newer method. During tumescent liposuction, the area where surgery is to be performed is anesthetized but the patient is not put under general anesthesia. The patient is actually awake during the procedure. Local anesthesia results in a shorter recovery time. During conventional liposuction, the patient is put under general anesthesia. Otherwise, the method of fat removal is the same.
The results of liposuction are permanent. The procedure removes the fat and the fat cells from the targeted areas. It is still possible for the patient to gain weight but the fat will accumulate in different areas of the body. That is why it is very important that former patients maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery.