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The Body: Body Fat


Liposculpture is also known as Lipoplasty or Suction Lipectomy. Today, there are several procedures to reshape the abdomen, thighs and many other parts of the body.

Dramatic advances have been made in recent years with specific suction techniques that now replace more extensive surgery to remove unwanted and bulging fat.

Liposuction can slim and contour the body by suctioning out localized collections of fat with minimal scarring. A vacuum device is inserted through short, small incisions near the fatty areas.

Before you start, it is important to understand that Liposuction is not a substitute for diet and exercise. To get the most from this procedure, you should be of average weight with extra fat localized in specific areas. Since liposuction removes only fat, it usually cannot eliminate dimpling or correct skin laxity. However, the skin’s elastic properties will allow some degree of tightening during recovery.

Liposuction can be done with a local anaesthetic to numb the area to be treated, along with a sedative to relax you. However, with more extensive Liposuction procedures, your surgeon may perform your procedure with general anaesthesia so that you sleep through the entire operation.

Following your surgery you will be wearing a tight fitting “girdle” for several weeks. This is to reduce swelling and help your skin to drape to your new body frame. Overall, most patients can resume their normal day-to-day schedule within a few days.

Liposuction can also be performed on the legs, buttocks, abdomen, back, arms, face, neck and chin.