Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, is a technique employed for remodelling fat tissue. This procedure can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, including the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. The indications for its use are specific and must be observed. It is not a treatment for obesity or cellulite.
Complications from liposuction are uncommon, and the long-term results are good, as the fat removed in this fashion seems to be removed permanently. This technique has improved the treatment of fat problems in the abdomen, hip and thigh areas where previous surgical procedures have produced scarring. When performed by a qualified plastic surgeon, excellent long-term results are obtainable.
This procedure makes it possible to suction out the fat cells without breaking the attachments that tie the skin to deeper structures. Much progress is being made in lipoplasty, and the use of cannulas (tubes used to remove fluid, etc.) and improved equipment make the process more sophisticated. The technique itself has also evolved and minimizes immediate risks and discomfort during convalescence following the procedure.
The objective of the surgery is not to remove excess weight but to improve the contours of the body. It is not a substitute for diet and proper exercise. Patients with good skin elasticity, normal weight and well-localized fat deposits are ideal subjects. To determine if liposuction is a fitting treatment for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Young.