Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat deposits from between the skin and muscle. Removing these pockets of fat gives the body a smoother, sleeker appearance. Common problem areas include the hips and thighs of women and the abdomens and love handles of men. These areas collect fat, especially as we age.

Excess, localized fat is often hereditary. The fat‘s appearance can be improved – but not entirely removed – with exercise and lifestyle changes. Liposuction picks up where diet and exercise leave off. While it is not an answer for overall weight loss, it is an effective way to sculpt and shape the body and remove those stubborn fat deposits.

Liposuction is relatively simple and it’s one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today. It works by inserting 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 unwanted fat. As fat is removed, it creates tiny cavities under the surface of the skin. Once these cavities shrink and heal, the body takes on a smoother, more contoured appearance.

Immediately afterward, the affected areas will be swollen and tender. Patients wear a compression garment for a few weeks to minimize swelling and reduce fluid build-up. With modern liposuction techniques, the patient can be back on his or her feet in a couple of days. However, he or she will need to refrain from exercise for at least a week, potentially longer if recommended by the doctor.

There are several types of liposuction, including tumescent, laser, ultrasonic, and conventional. The method of anesthesia, the method of surgery and the recovery differ among the various liposuction techniques. All types of liposuction should be researched and considered.