What is liposuction?

Liposuction is a medical procedure, usually performed by a cosmetic surgeon that has quickly become one of the most popular procedures performed by plastic surgeons in our country today. It is often used in conjunction with other plastic surgery techniques. The goal of liposuction is to remove pockets of fat from areas such as the thighs, hips, abdomen and upper arms. These areas are very stubborn and often resistant to the strictest diets and exercise regimens. Liposuction is the surgical removal of fat cells through a stainless steel suction tube called a cannula. It was performed in 1974 and immediately improved upon previous surgical body contouring techniques. There are various forms of the procedure being used in cosmetic surgeons’ offices today and is considered a very safe and effective procedure.

Who makes a good candidate for liposuction?

Patients who have realistic expectations for the result of liposuction are good candidates for this procedure. Lipo should not be seen as a weight loss technique with dieting and healthy eating being totally ignored. Dramatic results can be achieved but they are not instantaneous. Also, individual factors such as age, skin elasticity, weight and overall health must all be taken into consideration. If you have a weak immune system, diabetes, heart disease or a history of blood clots, liposuction is not for you. Liposuction is also recommended for men who suffer from gynecomastia and for women considering breast reduction surgery.

Can the face be treated with liposuction?

Yes. Facial liposuction removes fatty deposits from specific areas of the face such as the chin, neck, and jowls. Facial liposuction rids patients of these excess fat deposits that make them look and feel older. A safe procedure with dramatic results, facial liposuction has helped so many people look and feel younger and more attractive. Dr. Otto J. Placik in Chicago, Illinois has performed liposuction on thousands of patients. Facial liposuction is most often performed with a micro-cannula using a tumescent technique that involves injecting fluid into the targeted area while suctioning the fat out. In some cases, liposuction of the chin, neck, and jowls, as well as other facial liposuction procedures, can have better results in these problem areas than other surgical techniques.

Are there different types of liposuction?

There are several types of liposuction and body contouring procedures available, all of which use a cannula to remove unwanted fat. Tumescent liposuction involves the injection if a large amount of anesthetic into the area being treated; the wet and super-wet techniques are variations of this type of liposuction. In ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL), sound waves are used to liquefy the fat before it is removed. LipoSelection® uses the same concept without disturbing the surrounding tissue. Power assisted liposuction (PAL) employs a motor-powered cannula, which allows the plastic surgeon to use smaller movements and make the experience more comfortable for the patient.

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