Liposuction is a minimally invasive procedure that permanently removes subcutaneous fat through a hollow stainless steel tube called a cannula. This procedure can be performed on many areas of the body, but is most commonly used to remove fat from the abdomen, flanks, thighs, chest, buttocks, upper arms, chin and neck. It can effectively remove areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
Liposuction is performed through very small incisions, and can be completed comfortably under light anesthesia as an outpatient. Most people are able to return to work within days of their procedure. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures, and has been performed on millions of people. Liposuction has an excellent safety record with few serious complications.
Liposuction not only reduces a person’s overall size, but can be employed to sculpt or shape the body. When combined with a form of energy called radio frequency, it will also “shrink wrap” the skin in the treated area. The end result is a tighter, more aesthetically pleasing body shape.