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Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat from the body. This is done through a thin, hollow metal tube called a cannula. The cannula sucks out the fat much like a vacuum. This is the most common form of liposuction surgery. It’s called suction-assisted liposuction (SAL).
Another form of this procedure is power-assisted liposuction (PAL). It uses a motor attached to the cannula to speed the rate of fat removal.
Other procedures use sound waves or lasers to enhance the breakdown of fatty deposits and speed their removal from the body.
Insurance typically does not cover liposuction.
Liposuction is mainly a cosmetic procedure that can help improve your body image and the way you look. It is best used for:
It can be used to enhance and reshape many parts of the body:
Liposuction is used in both men and women.
Possible complications depend on where and the amount of treatment done and may include:
In some cases, you may not be satisfied with the results from liposuction and may need to have another procedure to correct any problems.
Pregnancy, weight gain, and aging can affect results.
If you have certain health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or thyroid problems, you may not be a good candidate for liposuction. You’ll want to discuss any medical problems you have with your surgeon.
There may be other risks, depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your doctor before the procedure.
Liposuction is often done in an outpatient facility or a cosmetic surgeon’s office. It can be done under general anesthesia (drugs are used to put you into a deep sleep) or local anesthesia with intravenous (IV) sedation (the area is numbed and you are sleepy). The type used will depend on many factors, including your preference, the surgeon, the extent of liposuction to be done, and your age. You can usually go home the same day as the procedure. With more extensive liposuction treatments, an overnight hospital stay might be needed.
Generally, liposuction follows this process:
After the surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area where nurses will monitor you until you have recovered from the anesthesia. You’ll likely be fitted with a compression garment that helps shrink the skin and limit swelling in the area where the liposuction was done.
Once you are alert and can take fluids well by mouth, you will be allowed to go home.
It’s important to follow all your surgeon's instructions and keep all your follow-up appointments. Your stitches will be removed at one of these appointments.
Follow your surgeon’s instructions for taking your pain medications.
These may be included in your home-care instructions:
Tell your surgeon about any of the following:
Before you agree to the test or the procedure make sure you know:
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