Liposuction
Understanding Liposuction
 
  Understanding liposuction
Is liposelection for you?
Making the decision
Understanding the surgery
What to expect after surgery
LipoSelection®

 
 

 

Liposuction, also called liposuction, lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue. There are three common variations to the procedure:

  • Traditional liposuction, simply defined as surgical suctioning of excess fat deposits.
  • The tumescent or super-wet technique that requires an infusion of saline solution, with added adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior removal of excess fat.
  • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty or UAL, where ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning.

These techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:

  • Cheeks, chin and neck.
  • Upper arms.
  • Breast or chest area.
  • Back.
  • Abdomen and waist.
  • Hips and buttocks.
  • Thighs.
  • Inner Knee.
  • Calves and ankles.

In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, male or female breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite, the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks.

Liposuction can, however, permanently reshape body contours where excess fat deposits create areas that are disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure. Ideal candidates for liposuction are adults of any age within 30% of their ideal weight and with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone.

Good candidates are defined as:

  • Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healng.
  • Non-smokers.
  • Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring.

Special considerations may be necessary for individuals with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease or previous surgery to the treatment area.


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Dr. Geoffrey Kim
Colorado Aesthetic & Plastic Surgery
7180 E. Orchard Rd., Ste. 206
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

 
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