Liposuction, or “lipoplasty,” is a procedure that can reduce fat from various areas of the body using small incisions and a suctioning device called a cannula. Liposuction is ideal for men and women who have areas of localized fat that are difficult to reduce through diet and exercise. It often accompanies other procedures, such as a facelift or tummy tuck, to provide a more complete aesthetic result.
Areas that are commonly treated with liposuction include:
- Abdomen and waist
- Thighs and hips
- Arms and back
- Areas of the face and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment and should not be substituted for a healthy lifestyle. The cost of liposuction varies depending on the area treated and the amount of fat to be reduced. Recovery usually involves the use of compression garments, which decrease swelling and help the body take on its new shape.