Liposuction is an operation to remove excess deposits fat from areas of the body, such as, the upper thighs or abdomen. It is usually performed under general anesthesia on an outpatient basis. By reducing specific areas, liposuction can change the shape of the body. It is not intended for weight control or to treat obesity, to improve cellulite or stretch marks.
There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be safely removed from any one area. The results of liposuction can be long-lasting, especially if the patient exercises regularly, eats a healthy diet, and maintains a healthy weight. The fat cells that are removed will not be replaced by the body, so there should be a permanent change in body shape independent of weight fluctuations. However, it is possible for the remaining fat cell to grow bigger, to a point where a significant weight gain can cause the fat deposits to return.
The operation may last from one to two hours, depending on how much fat is being removed. If only a small area of fat is to be treated, a local anesthetic may be used, which means that the person is awake during the procedure and may even be able to feel vibrations or friction in the area being treated, but should not feel any pain. Liposuction can be done using several different methods, so a consultation is required to discuss the options and the most appropriate technique to pursue.
Fat transfer, also known as fat grafting or liposculpture, is a plastic Surgery procedure that involves restoring lost volume in the face or other areas. The patient’s own fat is taken from the abdomen, thighs, or other areas and then added back to treat sunken cheeks, facial lines, acne scars, and other areas of lost volume that have developed as a result of aging, sun damage, and other conditions.