Liposuction is the most popular plastic surgery in the United States. This technique is used to sculpt the body by permanently removing localized fat deposits from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, upper arms, chin and neck. The goal is to create a natural line that recalls the look of the slim, well-proportioned athletic body.
The tendency to accumulate fatty deposits may be inherited, and these deposits are often resistant to diet and exercise. Many patients become discouraged at having lost unwanted pounds without seeing a significant change in this area. The overall proportions of the body may be unbalanced, and the extra bulk can keep clothes from fitting well. In these cases, liposuction can successfully remove excess fat cells to bring better balance and symmetry to the body.
Liposuction is not a weight loss technique or a cure for overall obesity. However, the area that has been suctioned will remain proportionately smaller forever. It is an effective way to soften those bulges that you cannot seem to lose any other way.
While there is some risk with any procedure, Liposuction is also one of the safest. Complications have been reported as low as one per thousand with most of these being small skin irregularities due to failure of the skin to contract to the patient's now smaller size.