Exercise and diet will make you healthy, muscular and lean. It does not always remove those stubborn LFD's (localized fat deposits). Every individual's fat distribution and body shape is genetically determined. What this means is that often no amount of diet and exercise will remove these stubborn fat deposits. Liposuction removes fat and fat cells thus sculpting the body and doing what diet and exercise alone cannot. Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the United States today. Liposuction does not replace or serve as a substitute for good diet and exercise.

Lipoplasty, commonly known as liposuction, is a common surgical procedure that removes deposits of excess fat from specific areas of the body, face or neck. Liposuction can be used to slim the hips, thighs, flatten the tummy, shape the calves and ankles or eliminate a double chin.

The best candidates for Liposuction are:

  • Men and women of normal weight who mainly want to improve their body shape and contours.
  • People with fat deposits that are "trouble areas", where exercise and diet seem not to have any effect,
  • People with good elasticity in their skin, so when the fat is removed, they will achieve a smooth appearance

The areas that liposuction can have the greatest effect on are the abdomen and waist, the arms, back chin, neck, hips, buttocks, thighs, calves and inner knees. Patients of any age can undergo the procedure, but those who have greater skin elasticity will achieve the best end result.

During the procedure, one or more incisions are made near the area to be treated. When possible, the incisions are made within a fold or natural crease in the skin. Your doctor will then insert a small hollow tube called a cannula through the incision where he will then penetrate the underlying fat. The cannula is connected to a flexible tubing and suction pump. Your doctor then moves the cannula back and forth thought the fat, vacuuming the fat out through the tube.

Liposuction is very common with thousands of patients undergoing the procedure each year with rare major complications. In rare cases liposuction has caused severe trauma, particularly when multiple, or very extensive areas are suctioned at one time. Other possible complications include fluid accumulation and injury to the skin. Sometimes asymmetry or unevenness may require further treatment.