Liposuction is a minimally invasive cosmetic procedure used to remove localized areas of fat from the body through a small thin tube called a cannula. The fat from the targeted area is suctioned from the body through this tube, leaving patients with a slimmer, more balanced appearance.
The older, more conventional liposuction procedure was effective in removing excessive fat deposits, but was a painful procedure that involved suctioning out large areas of solid fat. New technology offers different techniques that improve the accuracy and reduce the pain associated with liposuction. Today, liposuction is usually performed via the tumescent technique, or with the help of ultrasound imaging or a laser. These new technologies have transformed liposuction into a much safer and less invasive procedure.
Liposuction may be performed alone, or can be combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or tummy tuck, to achieve maximum results.