What is liposuction?
Liposuction (LYE-po-suk-shun) is
the surgical removal of excess fat from areas that are
often resistant to diet and exercise. This technique
is used to remove unwanted fat deposits from specific
areas of the body such as the chin, abdomen, buttocks
At the beginning of your procedure,
the surgeon will make a small incision. This incision
will be just large enough to insert a hollow type called
a cannula (kan-u'-la). The cannula is attached at the
opposite end to a machine that creates a very strong
vacuum. The surgeon then manipulates the cannula to
loosen and remove the fat deposits and fluids.
The procedure can be done in a
surgeon's office, an outpatient surgery facility, or
an accredited hospital.
Is liposuction safe?
Suction-assisted lipectomy (LIP-ek-tuh-me),
also known as liposuction (LYE-po-suk-shun), is the
surgical removal of excess fat from areas that are often
resistant to diet and exercise including the hips, thighs,
abdomen, and neck. Other common sites include the waist,
arms, and knees.
Liposuction is usually a safe procedure;
however, all surgeries carry uncertainty and risk. Qualified
surgeons will reduce the risk by carefully choosing
their patients and properly equipping the operating
facility. Surgeons usually find that the best candidates
are of relatively normal weight, but have deposits of
excess fat in particular areas. Having firm, elastic
skin will result in a better final contour as well.
You, as the patient, can reduce the risk by choosing
a physician that is well-trained in the liposuction
procedure. Look for a surgeon who has been given privileges
to perform the surgery at an accredited hospital. Also,
follow his or her advice closely to further reduce any
Liposuction can be performed
on an outpatient basis and usually involves only a brief
period. The procedure is normally done under general
anesthesia; however, in some instances can be done under
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