Liposuction is a surgical method that removes extra fat deposits and shapes the body. Excess fat is removed from under the skin with the use of an ultrasonic probe that emulsifies the fat and then removes it with suction.
Liposuction can be performed on the buttocks, abdomen, hips, thighs, neck, arms, calves, back, or face. A liposuction treatment may include more than one site, for example, the back, abdomen, and thighs all on the same day.
Liposuction can reduce breast size in men, (gynecomastia) or to remove fat tumors (lipomas). However, it is most commonly used for cosmetic body shaping.
Liposuction in any form is not an alternative for exercise and dieting. Liposuction helps to remove stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to conventional weight-loss methods.
Liposuction treatments are preformed by dermatologists or by plastic surgeons. However, any authorized physician may perform a liposuction treatment. While some physicians’ professional associations may recommend training for liposuction therapies, no standardized training is required.
You can always ask your doctor whether he or she has had specialized training in liposuction procedures, and whether they have successfully performed liposuction before. Nevertheless, remember, even the best-screened patients under the care of the experienced and best-trained physicians may experience complications from liposuction treatments.
Liposuction carries greater risk for individuals with medical problems like significant heart disease, diabetes or poor blood circulation, lung disease, or those who have recently had surgery near the area to be contoured. Therefore, always seek out a well-qualified physician and inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have.
Liposuction has helped many people get on their way to a healthier lifestyle. By reducing fatty areas on the body, self-esteem is renewed, a commitment to eating healthier develops, and overall health and well-being restored.