Q. “WHAT IS LIPOSUCTION?”
A. Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body’s contour by removing excess fat from fatty deposits located between the skin and muscle.
Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula (from the Latin word for reed, tube, and cane). The cannula is connected to very powerful suction pump and inserted through small skin incisions. The removal of fat is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse resulting in an improved body contour.
AREAS TREATED BY LIPOSUCTION
The most frequently treated areas in women are the abdomen, hips, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, and beneath the chin. In men, who comprise about 25% to 30% of our patients, the most commonly treated areas include the love handles, abdomen, breasts and the neck and chin area.
PERMANENCE OF LIPOSUCTION RESULTS
Fat cells that are removed by liposuction do not grow back. As long as the patient does not gain excessive amounts of weight, the new, more pleasing silhouette is permanent. A woman, who always tends to put weight on her thighs and knees, will find that after liposuction, these areas are less likely than other areas to accumulate fat when she gains weight.
Liposuction Example 1: 40 year old female who underwent liposuction of the mid-back, hip rolls, abdomen, inner and outer thighs.
Liposuction Example 2: 59 year old male who underwent liposuction of the lateral flanks.