Liposuction, sometimes referred to as "lipo" by patients, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits and improving body contours and proportion.
Liposuction can treat thighs, hips and buttocks, abdomen and waist, upper arms, back, inner knee, chest area, cheeks and chin and neck
Liposuction can be performed alone or along with other plastic surgery procedures, such as

a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise. It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite--the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips and buttocks--or loose saggy skin.

The procedure

Liposuction may be done under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
The procedure is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions.
First, diluted local anesthesia is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
The improved body contour will be apparent once the swelling and fluid retention commonly experienced following liposuction subside.


During liposuction recovery, a compression garment or elastic bandages may cover treatment areas once the procedure is completed. These help to control swelling and compress the skin to the new body contours.
Resume to normal activity and exercise is possible after 2-4 days.
The results of liposuction will be long lasting, provided you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
The improved body contour will be apparent after three months.
As body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness, but most of the improvement should be relatively permanent.