also called liposuction, lipoplasty or suction lipectomy,
is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess
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
- Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty or
UAL, where ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy excess
fat prior to surgical suctioning.
may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
chin and neck.
- Upper arms.
- Breast or chest area.
- Abdomen and waist.
- Hips and buttocks.
- 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
elastic skin and good muscle tone. Results will vary from person to person.
Good candidates are defined as:
individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness
or medical conditions that can
- Individuals with a positive
outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring.
considerations may be necessary for individuals with
diabetes, high blood pressure, heart
disease or previous surgery to the treatment area.