Liposuction is a surgical procedure that allows body contouring through direct fat removal. Sometimes a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are not enough to eliminate stubborn pockets of fat that just refuse to let go. Liposuction allows fat located in the abdomen, arms, legs, back, sides and neck to be removed directly. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia depending on the location and amount of fat targeted for removal.
During the procedure, small incisions are made in the targeted area to allow for insertion of a thin metal tube called a cannula. Fat is then loosened using back and forth motions before being suctioned out through the cannula. Incisions are generally small enough to heal on their own without the need for sutures and will leave behind minimal, if any, scarring.
Results following liposuction procedures are immediate, although final results can take a few months to develop as swelling gradually diminishes and skin continues to tighten. Patients undergoing liposuction should plan on spending about two weeks recovering and one week away from work as swelling, soreness, bruising and numbness diminishes.