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Also known as lipoplasty and body contouring or body sculpting surgery

To understand how lipoplasty can benefit you you need to know that there are two types of fat deposits in our bodies. There is the type that can wax or wane depending of dieting or exercise, or the lack of either. And there are the tougher unmobile stubborn deposits that cause grief because they stay there no matter how much dieting or exercise one does. Heredity plays a big part (as genotype) in the amount of the stubborn fat deposits one has. Some people can exercise or eat so sparingly until their faces look gaunt but still have flab on their tummy, hips, bum or thighs.

Liposuction is literally just that…(lipo=fat). The surgeon inserts a canula (tubular rod) through a small incision and “waves” it about under the skin in the area to be thinned. The process looks brutal, and does cause bruising, but is done with anaesthetics and is not painful. Ultrasonic sound vibrations break fat cells apart and they are removed by suction.

Liposuction “sculpts” the body by removing unwanted bulges, (and does so more easily than does a sculptor using a chisel on a block of stone). It is particularly more useful when it removes the larger stubborn fatty deposits from tummy, hips, butt or thighs. That can make a big difference in appearance, and a difference that is more likely to be long lasting. After removal of underlying fat the skin can tighten itself naturally somewhat, but in some cases, particularly older people, excess loose skin may need to surgically excised.

The areas where liposuction is most effective in removing exercise and diet-resistant fat from are the abdomen, buttocks, hips, “love handles”, “saddlebags”, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts (including male breasts), back, arms and neck.

Liposuction can also make finer sculpting adjustments for a beautifully shaped body.

When to Consider Liposuction

  • If you have localized areas of stubborn fat deposits that are disproportionate with the rest of your body.
  • If you would like to be more finely or sleekly shaped in certain areas of your body.
  • If your skin elasticity is good and can naturally tighten (Liposuction removes fat, but does not tighten skin),
  • and if it cannot you are prepared to have subsequent skin tightening.

More Information

To see a good descriptive illustrated PDF prepared for American Society of Plastic Surgery all about liposuction (and copy it if you like)look here on the downloads page.

For an excellent description, with photos and videos, of liposuction being applied to various stubborn fatty areas (abdomen, hips, thighs etc) of the body see this detailed description by Dr Warwick Harper.