Liposuction – Body Areas, Candidacy, Types and Procedure

Also called: Lipoplasty, Liposculpture, Suction lipectomy.

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure for slimming and reshaping the body.

Liposuction is a procedure that vacuums fat deposits from specific areas of the body.

Liposuction is not intended as a weight-loss technique or alternative to diet or exercise.

Liposuction Body Areas

Liposuction is usually performed on the following body areas:

  • Abdomen and waist,
  • Back,
  • Hips and buttocks,
  • Chest area,
  • Face (cheeks, chin) and neck,
  • Calves and ankles,
  • Inner knee,
  • Thighs,
  • Upper arms.

Am I Liposuction Candidate?

The best candidate for liposuction should meet certain criteria prior to surgery. The ideal candidates:

  • Are in good health;
  • Do not have significant health problems, such as diabetes or heart disease;
  • Do not smoke;
  • Are over 18;
  • Have firm and elastic skin;
  • Have fat deposits that do not respond well to diet and exercise and are located in the specific areas of the body;
  • Eat a nutritious diet and exercise regularly.

How Liposuction Procedure is performed?

Liposuction is performed using a suction device attached to a small, stainless steel instrument called a cannula. It is inserted through an incision in the skin in order to reach the fat that needs to be removed.

Actually, there are several types of Liposuction techniques:

  • Wet liposuction - the amount of wetting solution is less than the volume of fat removed.
  • Super-wet liposuction – the amount of wetting solution is equal to the volume of fat removed.
  • Tumescent liposuction – the amount of wetting solution is 2-3 times the volume of fat removed.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction - a new technique that that uses sound waves to liquefy unwanted fat, after the injection of fluids.
  • Dry liposuction - an earlier method of liposuction that is not in frequent use today.

Wetting solution is made up of saline solution, an anesthetic, and epinephrine (to reduce blood loss), and is used to break down fat deposits.

Depending on the type of liposuction you are undergoing, the liposuction procedure may take up to five hours.

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