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What is liposuction?

Liposuction, often referred to as “lipo,” is a surgical procedure designed for body contouring. It involves the removal of excess fat using a thin tube known as a cannula, connected to a vacuum system. The term “liposuction” essentially means the extraction of fat via suction.

Experienced plastic surgeons or dermatologic surgeons can selectively eliminate unwanted fat deposits to shape various parts of the body, including the hips, outer thighs, upper arms, stomach, waist, flanks, back, and even under the chin. Some individuals opt for a comprehensive procedure called “lipo 360,” which targets the abdomen, love handles, and back to fully sculpt the lower torso.

Recent data from the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery highlights that liposuction is the most widely performed plastic surgery worldwide, with over 1.9 million procedures conducted in 2021. This surgical method can yield dramatic results in a single session, offering more predictable outcomes compared to non-surgical fat reduction treatments, which necessitate multiple sessions over several months to achieve significant body contouring benefits.

Liposuction is often combined with other cosmetic procedures, such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), particularly in the context of a mommy makeover. Moreover, the fat removed through liposuction can also be transferred to areas like the face, buttocks, breasts, or other parts of the body to restore lost volume or enhance fullness.

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