Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or suction assisted lipectomy, is a technique to remove unwanted fat deposits. It is performed to reduce and reshape areas of the body to give it better contour and proportion while producing only minimal scarring from the small incisions. Some patients have a hereditary predisposition to accumulate fat in certain areas of the body even with dieting and exercise. The most common areas patients seek for liposuction are the abdomen, flanks, thighs and hips. Other areas are the buttocks, back, arms and neck.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or weight loss. It cannot take the place of proper dieting and regular exercise. Liposuction does not affect muscle or skin excess. Patients who have excess skin and fatty tissue are probable best treated by dermolipectomy (excision skin and fat).
During the initial consultation, patients will have the opportunity to discuss their goals and desirable results with the plastic surgeon. Every patient is different, therefore a specific treatment regimen is planned to suit an individual’s need.