Liposuction is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that removes excess fat and contours the body. Also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture suction, lipectomy, or lipo, it’s usually done to remove fat from the abdomen, hips, thighs, butt, arms, neck, or ankles. A plastic or dermatological surgeon inserts a thin tube called a cannula through tiny incisions and sucks out the fat. The areas from where fat can be removed include chin, chest, back, abdomen, thighs, and calves. The safety of liposuction is enhanced by injection of wetting solution before the fat is sucked out. The procedure takes one to four hours, and most patients have dramatic results after only one session.
At the most one can expect a loss of approximately 3 kg weight loss. Even this is not manifest during the first postoperative month when the swelling gradually subside. Liposuction can not take care of cellulite. Cellulite is dimpling seen usually seen in the butt and thigh regions. Also, liposuction can not treat laxity of skin and abdominal muscles. As one grows old, there is a reduction of the ability of skin to snap back to the new volume changes. If there is a significant reduction in the skin tone, an excisional procedure (like abdominoplasty) may be more appropriate.