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An Overview of Liposuction Surgery

Liposuction steadily ranks as one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries performed in the United States. The objective of the procedure is the elimination of fats deposited under the skin. Depending on the type of liposuction, the process may be performed outpatient at the doctor’s office or surgery center; or in a hospital, if substantial amounts of fat are to be removed.

Before the start of the procedure, the patient will be administered an anesthetic. Again, depending on the type of liposuction and amount of fat to be removed, anesthesia may be applied locally or generally, which means you will be sleeping through during the surgery.

When the anesthesia takes effect, the procedure is done with the use of a stainless steel cannula, a suction device.
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Through tiny incisions, the cannula will be inserted into fatty tissues between the skin and muscle, where it sucks out the fat with either a suction pump or a big syringe, leading to a smoother and generally better body contour.
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Two Types of Liposuction

Even as the liposuction basics described above are always the same, there are two techniques that could be employed during liposuction. These are:


In tumescent liposuction, the surgeon injects a solution into the target area prior to fat removal. The liquid consists of saline solution, which works as a mild painkiller; and epinephrine, which is a drug that causes blood vessel contraction. The injection works in three ways – make fat removal easier for the surgeon, limit blood loss and bring pain relief while the surgery is ongoing and after.


In ultrasound-assisted liposuction, ultrasonic energy is utilized to liquefy the fat before it is removed from the body.

Recovery from Liposuction

Recovery is typically fast for patients who underwent liposuction as an outpatient procedure. Most can go back to work in a matter of days and to their normal physical activities in around two weeks. Bruising, soreness and swelling should be expected for a few weeks minimum. Then again, the outcome for each person will depend on factors like how much fat cells can be removed and the site of removal.

Will the Fat Come Back?

After liposuction, the removed fat cells will be gone permanently, so if you gain weight later on, the fats will probably not pool around the previously treated area. Take note though that liposuction is not going to stop the weight from coming back. To retain your new shape and weight, you have to follow the diet and exercise plan recommended by your surgeon.

Is Liposuction for Everyone?

As with any other surgery, liposuction requires that the candidate is in good health condition. If you have diabetes, circulatory issues or any other significant medical issues, you could be advised by your doctor to seek an alternative treatment. Lastly, take note that liposuction is not meant for losing weight, but rather for body sculpting and removing fats in areas that could not be improved by any diet or exercise.