Liposuction is a type of cosmetic surgery that is also called lipoplasty, liposculpture suction lipectomy or lipo. It breaks up and sucks fat from different parts of the body mostly from abdomen, buttocks, neck, thighs, arms, chin, calves and back.

Liposuction process is removing fat through a hallow tube called cannula that is insurted under skin and a high pressure vacuum applied. The reason for liposuction is to fix the shape of the body to look better aesthetically as per the desire of the patients, but this is not applied for obesity

Liposuction is one of the top cosmetic operations in the United States. It’s estimated that over 400,000 liposuction operations conducted in the US every year.


What is Liposuction

First to know is that liposuction is not a weight loss method. Liposuction is for those who have a stable weight but would like to remove undesirable parts of body fat in specific parts of the body.

It is not an obesity treatment. Liposuction does not remove cellulite, dimples or stretch marks. Its purpose is esthetic only and to change and enhance the contour of the patient’s body.

Although liposuction permanently removes fat cells from the body and it alters the shape of a body, if the patient does have a healthy lifestyle after the operation there is a risk that the remaining fat cells grow bigger.

The amount of fat that can be safely removed is limited. Liposuction contains some risks therefore it should be done in reliable clinics and experienced surgeons. The risks may be infection, numbness and scarring. If too much fat is removed there may be lumpiness or dents in the skin. The surgical risks are linked to the amount of fat removed.

Facts about liposuction 

  • Liposuction is the act of sucking fat from various parts of the body
  • The operation is usually done under general anesthetic
  • Liposuction sole purpose is cosmetic and its effects are subtle and not used as a weight loss instrument.
  • Within United States over 400,000 liposuction procedures are carried out each year.
  • There may be some risks such including infection and scarring.
  • Liposuction cannot be a treatment for obesity.
  • Various areas that can be treated with liposuction including abdomen the thighs, buttocks, neckline and upper arms…etc
  • Various types of procedures include dry, wet and super wet liposuction.

The uses of liposuction?

Liposuction purpose is not to provide physical health benefit or cure obesity, its only purpose is to improve people’s looks and patients can actually achieve the same result and even better result by adopting a healthy life style, doing sports and going on a diet.

Experts recommend that it is better to choose liposuction if the individual did not achieve the desired results with a lifestyle change and exercise. The fat cell increases in size and volume when person gains weight. Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells in isolated areas.

The amount of fat removed from a specific area depends on how it looks and the volume of fat. As long as the patient’s weight does not increase, contour changes resulting from liposuction can last very long.

Liposuction is not an obesity treatment and only done on small areas of the human body. It should not be used for weight loss or if the person wants to get rid of stretch marks, cellulite, dimpling, or other skin surface irregularities.

Before making a decision to undergo the liposuction procedure, patients should discuss the pros and cons with their general practitioner, and clinic.

The following body areas are commonly targeted for liposuction treatment:


  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Buttocks
  • Chest
  • Inner knees
  • Hips
  • Flanks (love-handles)
  • Neckline and the area under the chin (submental)
  • Thighs – saddlebags (outer thighs), and inner thighs
  • Upper arms.

According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, liposuction is more commonly performed on women the thighs and abdomen, and the abdomen and flanks of men.

According to the experts the best liposuction candidates are those who have good skin tone and elasticity, where the eventually skin molds itself to its new contours. However, those whose skin doesn’t have enough elasticity may end up with loose-looking skin in areas where the procedure was done.

The patient who will undergo the operation needs to have a good health condition. People with health problems such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, as well as those with weakened immune systems should not have liposuction. Liposuction should not be performed for patients under 18.

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