Liposuction is a popular procedure that is used to remove fat from the body in strategic locations, providing patients with more enhanced and contoured figures. This treatment is especially beneficial if you have stubborn deposits of fat in areas that are difficult to target through diet and exercise. Liposuction is commonly used in the abdomen, thighs, back, and flanks. However, the procedure is safe and effective in other areas as well, such as the arms, face, and neck.
Liposuction is also regularly performed at the same time as other procedures and as part of other treatments. A tummy tuck will regularly include liposuction to help remove stubborn fat in the abdomen before removing excess skin for a tighter, flatter midsection. Thigh lift and arm lift surgery often incorporate the technique as well. It is important to note that liposuction is not a form of weight loss, and cannot serve as a substitute for proper nutrition and exercise. Patients should be in good overall health and near their ideal weight in order to undergo this procedure.
Most patients are able to return home and are up and walking the same day as their procedure. Light walking during recovery is good to improve circulation, but you should avoid full exercise until cleared by our consultant. Many patients only require a few days of downtime and are able to return to work in about one week to 10 days. During your recovery and for a couple of weeks afterwards, you will need to wear a compression garment. This garment helps your skin shrink to its new contours while reducing swelling and inflammation.
What liposuction 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 facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
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.