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Excess Fat

Liposuction surgery treats areas of excess fat in the stomach, buttocks, hips, love handles, saddlebags, thighs, calves, ankles, breasts, back, arms and neck. Most liposuction procedures involve making a small skin puncture and then utilizing various modalities to loosen the fat prior to suctioning the fat through a small hollow tube or cannula. Some describe the procedure as "liposculpture" because the process of fat reduction with liposuction creates slimmer and more ideal shapes and contours.

Liposuction surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with an open procedure to contour the overlying skin. The results are best when you are near your ideal weight, but have some specific areas or "pockets" of fat that are exercise and diet resistant. While liposuction can improve the look of cellulite in some cases, there is no guarantee that it will smooth out or remove the dimpled appearance in the skin.

Liposuction options

Here are some common forms and terms that your plastic surgeon might use or recommend:

  • Tumescent liposuction is a type of anesthetic used during liposuction. A “wetting solution” that usually contains a local anesthetic such as lidocaine and another medication is injected prior to surgery, which causes blood vessels to shrink down or constrict in a balanced salt solution. Most surgeons will use this in combination with their liposuction techniques to reduce post-surgical pain and bleeding.
  • Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) is the traditional form of liposuction and involves the removal of fat with a higher vacuum.
  • Power assisted liposuction (PAL) is traditional SAL with the addition of a tool to increase the motion of the cannula, which can speed the removal of your fat. This allows your surgeon to better control the movement and shaping.
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