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Liposuction, also called lipoplasty and body contouring, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, improving your body contours and proportions, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. Liposuction surgery is used to treat many parts of the body including:

  • Abdomen and waist
  • Thighs, hips and buttocks
  • Arms, neck and back
  • Inner knee
  • Calves and ankles

Liposuction isn't typically considered an overall weight-loss method and shouldn’t be a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It does not reduce the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease or hypertension. The procedure is often used to remove fat that resists traditional weight-loss methods. According to Mayo Clinic , a good candidate for liposuction is someone who has too much body fat in specific spots but otherwise has a stable body weight.

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Liposuction is usually done as an outpatient procedure, especially if only a small amount of fat will be removed. More extensive procedures may require a short hospital stay. Depending on the surgical plan, you’ll be given local, regional or general anesthesia.

The procedure begins with the surgeon making one or more small incisions in the area to be suctioned. Then the surgeon inserts a small hollow tube, called a cannula, through the incision into the fat. Fat is suctioned out through this tube as the surgeon moves the tube around under the skin to target specific fat deposits. In recent years, assistive techniques such as fluid injection, laser or ultrasound are also used to liquefy or break down fat cells and aid fat removal. These improved techniques have made liposuction safer, easier, and less painful.

After the procedure, expect some pain, swelling and bruising. It may take a few days before you can go back to work and a few weeks before you are able to resume your normal activities, especially exercise. How fast you recover depends on how extensive a procedure you had. You may also need to wear an elastic compression garment over the treated areas for a few weeks to reduce swelling, and take antibiotics to prevent infection. During this time, expect some contour irregularities as the remaining fat settles into position.

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Although complications are uncommon, they can occur. Potential liposuction risks include:

  • Infection
  • Accumulation of blood under the skin (hematoma)
  • Temporary or permanent numbness in the affected area
  • Bumpy, wavy or withered skin due to uneven fat removal, poor skin elasticity and unusual healing
  • Damage to underlying structures including an internal puncture or fat embolism
  • Kidney and heart problems caused by shifts in fluid levels

It is important to be aware of all of the risks and to discuss them with your doctor. 

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