Liposuction is an effective surgical procedure to slim and reshape specific areas to remove excess fat deposits to improve body contours and proportion. The procedure can be performed under general anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or with minimal oral sedation and local tumescence (diluted lidocaine-based fluid to completely numb the area being treated). The surgery is completed via tiny inconspicuous incisions and with the use of microcannulas, fat cells are extracted from the body.
Liposuction is not intended for weight loss or treatment for obesity, but rather to get rid of stubborn fat deposits not amenable to diet and exercise. Often, for the right motivated patient, liposuction can serve as a great platform to engage in a better, healthier lifestyle. Liposuction has the distinct advantage over other noninvasive treatment options (e.g. Coolsculpting) in that one treatment session, in the majority of times, is adequate to reduce the fat with a more consistent and predictable outcome. And unlike dieting, which simply reduces the size of the fat cells, liposuction removes the fat, and thereby, reducing the number of fat cells remaining and making the results permanent with the maintenance of weight and healthy lifestyle.
Liposuction can treat various areas of the body most often several areas in one procedure. The areas that can be treated are:
– Upper arms
– Male chest
– Waist/Hips/Lower Back
– Back/Front Bra Roll
– Dorsal Hump
In order to deliver the best possible outcome while ensuring maximum safety, proper patient selection is crucial. The ideal patient should be in good overall health, have good understanding of the procedure/recovery, and have realistic expectations about the outcome. The good news is that virtually anyone with unwanted fat can benefit from liposuction. However, each liposuction procedure is uniquely tailored to the patient’s individual needs.