(suction assisted lipectomy, liposculpturing)
Liposuction is the surgical removal of localized, diet resistant, fat deposits through small incisions. The technological advances in the last decade have made liposuction a tremendously safe and effective procedure. As a result it has become one of the most commonly performed surgeries in the United States. The use of wetting solutions containing adrenaline and local anesthesia, which are injected into the tissues, have enabled surgeons to suction fat with minimal bleeding. Also, the smaller size of the cannulas used to remove the fat has decreased the amount of trauma to tissues and keeps blood loss to a minimum. In addition, it allows us to remove the fat with a smoother contour. If patients are overweight or have significant looseness of the skin, they are not generally good candidates. These patients are advised to lose weight first and will likely require subsequent skin tightening surgery such as tummy tucks.