Liposuction is a cosmetic procedure used to reduce fat deposits in specific areas of the body. Cosmetic liposuction is best for people who are close to their ideal weights with specific areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Liposuction is effective on love handles, the lower abdomen, back, hips, chin, chest, ankles and thighs. As people age, fat tends to accumulate in these areas and sometimes the only way to remove it is by surgery. Liposuction is a proven fat removal procedure. Cosmetic liposuction is not intended as an overall weight loss procedure. It is a way of improving the body’s shape beyond what diet and exercise can do.
Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. It can result in significantly improved contouring and tighter skin. Today’s liposuction techniques reduce risk and improve results.
When liposuction is performed, small incisions are made where subcutaneous fat is to be removed. A narrow tube called a cannula is inserted through the incision. Depending upon the technique used, the cannula may contain a laser or an ultrasonic generator to liquefy fat for easier removal, or the doctor may just use the cannula itself as a shaping tool. The cannula is connected to a powerful vacuum that extracts the fat from the body. As the fat is removed, narrow tunnels are created underneath the skin. As these tunnels shrink and heal, the body takes on a new shape. Surgery scars are very small and hidden in inconspicuous places. Scarring is minimal. Initial swelling and bruising will disappear as the body heals.
Following surgery, the patient will wear a compression garment to reduce swelling and fluid build-up. Most patients can resume normal activities in a week. As swelling diminishes, the body will gain a more proportionate, contoured shape. Full results of cosmetic liposuction may not appear for six months though an initial improvement will be apparent.