Liposuction is an outpatient surgical procedure that removes excess fat to improve the appearance of areas that will not improve through diet and exercise. This procedure is typically used to reduce localized fat deposits in the neck, upper arms, back, chest area, abdomen, waist (“love handles”), buttocks, hips (“saddle bags”), inner and outer thighs, and inner knee.
This procedure is used to improve your figure in either one specific area, or in several areas, delivering a body shape and contour that is difficult to achieve for many people, regardless of any amount of diet or exercise they have endured.
Liposuction isn't typically considered an overall weight-loss method or a weight-loss alternative, instead the procedure is designed specifically to improve body contour. You may be a good candidate for liposuction if you have too much body fat in specific spots, but otherwise have a stable body weight and are not obese.
What to expect
Liposuction is an outpatient surgical procedure performed using a small, inconspicuous incision, generally no larger than one-quarter inch in diameter. Small instruments called cannulas are then inserted to loosen the excess fat cells, which are then suctioned out into a canister using a surgical vacuum.
Liposuction results in minimal scarring and has a relatively easy recovery. The small incision site used to perform liposuction typically heals so completely as to be invisible.
Patients may experience pain, bruising and swelling in the week following the procedure and typically return to work in 3-6 days. Normal activity may resume after 3-6 weeks.
Patients who have excess skin in the abdominal area due to significant weight loss or pregnancy may benefit from having an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) along with liposuction for best results.