Body sculpting liposuction (also referred to as lipoplasty or contouring liposuction) is the removal of fatty tissue from localized problem areas of the body. It is a very popular method of localized fat reduction that uses a suction technique to remove pockets of fat from troublesome areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen, and upper arms.
Body sculpting liposuction helps both men and women to improve the contours of their bodies through a relatively simple and safe surgical procedure. The liposuction process involves the insertion of a cannula (a slender, hollow metal tube) through a small incision concealed in a skin fold near the site to be reduced, and scars are virtually undetectable. Through repeated movements of the cannula under the skin, fat globules are separated and removed by vacuum suction through the cannula. Usually only one small incision will be needed for each area being treated with body sculpting liposuction. The area concerned is injected with tumescent solution prior to insertion of the cannula, in order to reduce bleeding, control pain and to assist the breakdown and loosening of the fat deposits.
Liposuction will sculpt or recontour the body, but does not necessarily result in significant weight loss. The aim of body sculpting surgery is to lose inches rather than weight, and to alter the patient’s shape. It is very effective in removing of unwanted bumps and bulges and in improving the body’s silhouette.
Areas of the body that benefit the most from body sculpting liposuction are:
- Cheeks, jowls, and neck
- Upper arms
- Breast or chest areas
- Abdomen and waistline (love handles in men)
- Hips and buttocks
- Inner and outer thighs
- Knees, calves and ankles
Liposuction surgery can be combined with other cosmetic surgery techniques and may be carried out in a number of areas at the same time.
The amount of fat removed varies but more than five liters of fat removal typically will require a hospital stay. Fat cells removed by liposuction are permanently removed. You will still gain weight if you overeat, though the fat will show in other areas.