What is liposuction?

Liposuction is the surgical suctioning of unwanted fat collections from many areas of the body. It is used for localized collections of fat to almost any area of the body. It can be used on the face and neck, trunk, and extremities.

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The liposuction procedure first involves instillation of a fluid mixture of anesthetic and adrenaline. This numbs the area and prevents bleeding. A blunt cannula, or large needle, is then inserted into the fatty areas as suction is applied. Using meticulous technique fat is removed to achieve reduction and smooth contour. You can use this link to view a 3D animation of the liposuction procedure on the ASPS website under the body category.

Who is a good candidate  for liposuction?

Patients with localized pockets of fat that remain despite diet and exercise are good candidates for liposuction. Common areas are the neck, lower abdomen, flanks, and thighs. Liposuction is not a weight loss tool.

What is the most fat that can be removed?

The maximum amount of fat that can be safely removed via liposuction is 5000 cc’s, or 5 liters. The more you take the more physical stress that is put on the body. Most patients have less than 2000 cc (2 L) removed.

What is done with the fat that is removed during liposuction?

Most of the fat from liposuction is sent to medical waste, however, we are now able to purify the fat and inject into other areas. We can now use the fat to augment the breasts, buttocks, and face. This is a developing field in plastic surgery.

What are some of the risks of liposuction?

Please refer to the following form published by the American Society of Plastic Liposuction-ASPSSurgery (ASPS)

Will I need to be admitted to the hospital for liposuction?

No, liposuction is an outpatient procedure.

What is the typical liposuction recovery?

You will be able to return to work in 1-3 days.

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