What Is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a procedure that removes excess fat through a suctioning process. Although it is not a substitute for weight loss, it is a way of changing the body's shape and contour.

Women usually have liposuction performed under the chin, on the hips, thighs, and stomach, and in the under arm and breast areas. In women, the single most frequently treated areas are the outer thighs, followed by the stomach.

Men usually have liposuction performed under the chin and around the waist, or in the reduction of enlarged male breasts, a condition known as gynecomastia. In men, the waist area or "love handles" are most frequently treated.

Who are candidates for liposuction?

Generally, people of normal weight who have localized areas of protruding fat achieve the most desired results, however, persons who are slightly overweight can also benefit from liposuction. The best candidates for liposuction include the following:

  • Normal-weight (or slightly-overweight) people
  • People with firm, elastic skin
  • People who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas
  • Physically healthy and psychologically stable people
  • People with realistic expectations

Age is not a major factor, although older persons with diminished skin elasticity may not have the same results as persons with tighter skin.

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