What is liposculpture or liposuction?
Liposculpture, also called liposuction, lipoplasty, or suction lipectomy, is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue. There are three common variations to the procedure.
These techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
• Cheeks, chin and neck
• Upper arms
• Breast or chest area
• Abdomen and waist
• Hips and buttocks
• Inner knee
• Calves and ankles
In some cases, liposuction is performed alone, in other cases it is used with plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift, male or female breast reduction, or a tummy tuck. 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
Liposuction can, however, permanently reshape body contours where excess fat deposits create areas that are disproportionately large in an otherwise balanced figure. Ideal candidates for liposuction are adults of any age within 30% of their ideal weight and with firm, elastic skin and good muscle tone. Good candidates are defined as:
• Healthy individuals who do not have a life-threatening illness or medical conditions that can impair healing
• Individuals with a positive outlook and specific goals in mind for body contouring