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About 11.5 Americans had surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2006. Among the procedures performed, liposuction surgery was among the top five surgeries chosen by both men and women. Liposuction can remove stubborn pockets of fat and help to sculpt an individual's physique, as well as boost their confidence and overall self-image.
If you're considering liposuction surgery, you should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon who can fully explain your options. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with a surgeon near you.
Ideal Candidates for Liposuction Surgery
The best candidates for liposuction surgery are those who are healthy and of a normal weight but with localized pockets of fat.
Liposuction does not help improve muscle tone or cure obesity, so it is important for potential candidates to have a realistic understanding of the results that can be achieved with liposuction procedures.
Age and gender are not issues when it comes to liposuction surgery. Men and women both can benefit from the procedure, as long as they are otherwise healthy.
In liposuction surgery, localized fat deposits are removed in one or more areas of the body. There are different techniques used to remove the unwanted fat, including:
- Tumescent Technique- A liquid solution is injected into the body's fatty tissue to make removal of the fat deposits easier.
- Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)- A technique that requires a specialized cannula to produce ultrasonic energy. As the cannula passes through the fatty areas, the energy explodes and liquefies fat cells.
Liposuction Surgery: Weighing Benefits & Risks
Liposuction surgery is generally safe, although there are risks involved as with every surgical procedure. Before undergoing liposuction surgery, you should always weigh the risks and benefits with a trustworthy and experienced surgeon. Risks may include bruising, swelling, prolonged healing, blood clots, and infection. These risks can be minimized by choosing a plastic surgeon who is board certified and who has extensive experience performing liposuction surgery.