In the field of plastic surgery liposuction is one of the most popular procedures performed today. Men and women of all ages pursue liposuction as an effective means of removing unwanted fat from their bodies. Liposuction may also be called lipoplasty.
During liposuction, small incisions are made where subcutaneous fat is to be removed. The doctor inserts a narrow tube called a cannula 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.
Among the various types of plastic surgery, liposuction is regarded as the best way to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. A tummy tuck results in a large scar, though it is covered by clothing and swimwear. Liposuction scars are tiny and located in inconspicuous places. This is because the incisions made during liposuction only need to be big enough for the cannula to enter the skin. The rest of the procedure takes place under the skin.
As with all plastic surgery, liposuction is a selective procedure. It is not intended to help obese people lose significant amounts of weight or to improve a person’s health. It is not a replacement for exercise and a healthy diet. Rather, liposuction is a way to remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise through surgery.