Liposuction (lipoplasty) is a cosmetic surgery procedure that allows fat removal beneath the skin’s surface using small remote incisions to create improved proportions resulting in a better looking figure. For some people, excess fat may remain in certain areas of the body despite weight loss, healthy eating, and exercise. Liposuction can help reduce localized fat on the arms, legs, waist, back, buttocks, chin, and face. Whereas weight loss will result in an overall reduction in size of your whole body, liposuction can spot reduce areas resulting in better proportions of your body. Liposuction may be used with other procedures, including facelifts, breast reductions, or tummy tucks.
Liposuction uses a small wand (cannula) that is inserted through small incisions in the skin. There are a few different types of procedures. Tumescent or super-wet liposuction involves inserting a sterile solution containing adrenaline and numbing medication before the fat is removed. Another method, ultrasound assisted lipoplasty (UAL), uses ultrasound energy to break down and liquefy the fat. The wand is moved back and forth to break up the fat deposits. The loosened fat is then vacuumed out of the body. By maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and exercising regularly, the results can be permanent.
You will have an initial consultation with your doctor prior to your procedure. Your doctor will evaluate your fat deposits and skin integrity. You should tell your doctor about your concerns and expectations. Your doctor will perform a general health evaluation. It is common for “before” photos to be taken for your medical records. You will need to stop smoking several weeks before your surgery. Your doctor will let you know if any of your medications should be temporarily discontinued as well.