Liposuction, sometimes referred to as “lipo” by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving your body contours and proportion.
A liposuction operation can treat,
• Hips and buttocks
• Abdomen and waist
• Upper arms
• Inner knee
• Chest area
• Cheeks, chin and neck
• Calves and ankles
Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
Laser- or ultrasound-assisted liposuction, like traditional liposuction, are not a weight control method or a fix for obesity. They are used to help contour your body in those areas that are not responsive to diet and exercise such as saddlebags or a paunchy stomach.
What liposuction can’t do
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite—the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks—or loose saggy skin.
In general, good candidates for a liposuction include:
• Adults within 30% of their ideal weight who have firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone
• Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
• Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring
If you are bothered by excess fat deposits located anywhere on your body that don’t respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be right for you.