Introduction to Liposuction

by Naruschka Henriques

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or body contouring, is a form of cosmetic surgery used to remove fatty deposits from the body. Contrary to popular perception, it is not a procedure designed for overweight people to lose many pounds, but rather it is for people who are near to their ideal weight who want to remove pockets of fat that diet and exercise cannot remove. Typically, the areas most targeted for lipo are the abdomen, thighs, face, neck and chin but other areas such as the hips, back, arms and calves can also be treated. It is possible to target more than one area during an operation, and also to combine the treatment with other cosmetic surgery. Liposuction is a versatile treatment and can be used to reduce men’s breast size and also to remove fat tumours.

Liposuction is a simple procedure normally carried out under general anaesthetic, but also sometimes performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. There are several different techniques used in surgery but the basic concept remains the same. Basically, this involves unwanted fat deposits being broken up and removed from the body using a hollow metal suction tube called a cannula.

Lipo results are most positive with younger, more elastic skin. This is because skin adjusts to fit the new shape of the body when fat is removed. Younger skin, being more elastic, will adjust well without sagging. However, older, less elastic skin may not be as versatile and so separate skin tightening treatment may be necessary.

Here at botonics, we have experts in the field of liposuction that can perform largely effective and long-lasting procedures.

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