Despite a consistent diet and exercise regimen, some people still experience “problem areas” that cause self-consciousness. Liposuction offers a surgical solution to address areas that have excess fat and are resistant to other forms of slimming down. Liposuction can safely and effectively remove excess fat deposits of the abdomen, waist, thighs, hips, buttocks, upper arms, back, knees, chest/breasts and neck. Often, Liposuction is combined with Fat Grafting, especially of the buttocks. When combined with Fat Grafting, many plastic surgeons will refer to the procedure as Liposculpture.
Patients seeking Liposuction must be carefully selected since not everyone is a good candidate. Although Liposuction removes fatty deposits, it does not remove any skin. Patients who have excessive or loose skin, stretch marks, poor skin tone, or of a certain age group may not be good candidates. These patients are likely to have excessively loose skin after the procedure. Also, liposuction is not meant to replace a diet for a patient seeking weight loss and usually obese patients are not good candidates. Liposuction does not correct "cellulite" and in certain situations may worsen the appearance of the skin. The best way to obtain a good result with Liposuction is to have an honest and candid conversation with your plastic surgeon in order to determine if Liposuction can meet your goals and needs. More than any other procedure, selecting the correct patient prior to surgery is crucial in obtaining the best cosmetic results.