Liposuction surgery, also known as lipoplasty, is a method of body sculpting. The surgeon removes excess fat from under the skin to improve the contour and proportions of various parts of your body. Liposuction surgery can target the hips, buttocks, thighs, back, abdomen, knees, calves, ankles, upper arms, cheeks and neck. The main advantage of lipo suction surgery compared with other weight loss techniques is that it is immediate and permanent, assuming your weight stays stable.
This article on liposuction surgery is written by Kathryn Senior, a freelance journalist who writes health, medical, biological, and pharmaceutical articles for national and international journals, newsletters and web sites.
Is liposuction surgery right for me?
Liposuction is most effective if you have excess fat in a specific part of your body. This may be due to fat distribution that you have inherited and/or that does not respond to diet or exercise. You are an ideal candidate for liposuction surgery if you:
have firm skin and good muscle tone
are within 30% of your ideal weight
do not have a terminal illness or other medical condition
have a specific goal in mind for body contouring.
It is important to realise that liposuction surgery is not a miracle cure that will turn your body into that of a supermodel. Liposuction surgery is not a treatment for obesity, nor is it very effective at getting rid of cellulite. You should also never see it as a replacement or an alternative for a healthy diet and regular exercise. Liposuction surgery removes fat and not loose skin; if you are older with less elastic skin, surgery to remove fat can leave you with flaps and folds of droopy skin, which may need further cosmetic surgery.