Liposuction is also known as Lipoplasty which literally means 'Fat Modelling' or 'Liposculpture'. It is a cosmetic procedure which removes fat from many different sites on the human body. Areas affected can range from the abdomen, thighs and buttocks, to the neck, backs of the arms and elsewhere. Excess fat can be removed or placed elsewhere to 'sculpt' areas of the body into the desired shape.
The body has a tendency to deposit fat in localised areas such as in the hips or abdomen. Excessive fat up to 3 litres - can be removed using liposuction and often done in combination with an Abdominoplasty or thigh and buttock lift for example.
A narrow metal tub - attached to a strong vacuum pump - is inserted through a small incision in the area to be treated.The tube is drawn back and forth removing excessive fat without damaging small blood vessels and nerves. After the procedure the skin will retract. There can be some bruising and discomfort that can last for a month or so but the swelling and lumpiness of deeper bruising, particularly in the abdomen or ankles, can take longer with the full benefit of the procedure not being seen for around six months. Wearing a snug pressure garment or corset around the treated area is advised to help reduce any swelling and bruising.