Introduced in the U.S. in the early 1980s, liposuction, also called liposculpture, lipoplasty, or suction lipectomy, is a cosmetic surgery technique developed by cosmetic surgeons to reduce stubborn fat deposits that don’t respond to dieting and exercise.
These fatty bulges are most commonly found in the thighs, hips, abdomen, buttocks, knees, ankles, calves and arms.
They are also found in the facial areas such as the chin, cheeks, jowls and neck. Liposuction can be performed alone or in conjunction with other cosmetic surgery procedures such as a Tummy Tuck, Facelift, Cheek Augmentation, Chin Augmentation to achieve the desired result.
After making small incisions in the areas to be suctioned, a cannula is inserted into the subcutaneous tissues and fat is aspirated into a special suction machine.
The procedure takes between 1-2 hours, depending on the amount of area to be suctioned.