Liposuction removes excess fat via suction, using a thin, flexible tube called a cannula which is inserted into areas of unwanted fat through very small incisions. The cannula also helps break fat deposits apart to make removal easier. Liposuction is not intended as a replacement for diet and exercise, but it is often used for people who have already lost weight and still have areas of fat that simply don't respond to diet and exercise routines. It can also be used in people who are not overweight to remove stubborn pockets of fat.
Liposuction can be used to treat many areas, including:
Liposuction can help make all these areas appear slimmer, firmer and more toned. In the abdomen and other areas of the torso, liposuction also helps reveal the underlying muscles, so the effects of exercise are more visible.
Before liposuction is performed, a physical exam and medical assessment will be performed to determine the best approach as well as the best incision sites to provide access to the treatment areas. During the procedure, small incisions will be made through the skin and into the deeper layers where fat is located. Fluid will also be administered through the cannula into the treatment area to make it easier for the fat to be suctioned away and to help control bleeding. The cannula will be moved back and forth through the treatment area to ensure an adequate amount of fat is removed. Once fat removal is complete, the incisions will be closed, and a bandage will be placed on top of each incision site. Procedures are performed under general anesthesia, and in some cases, ultrasound may be used in conjunction with liposuction to liquefy the fat so it can be more easily extracted.
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