Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the amount of fat in certain parts of your body. Liposuction can be done almost anywhere on your body, but usually, it is done around areas such as your stomach area (abdomen), buttocks, thighs, and arms.
How Does it Work?
Liposuction works by inserting a narrow tube under the skin to break up and remove the excess fat, leaving you with smoother skin. The surgeon will then use a small, sharp instrument called a cannula to suck out or suction away the fat that’s been broken down by the machine. Then, the incisions are made to allow the remaining fatty tissue to drain away naturally.
Liposuction does not affect any fat that is under the skin. Instead, it targets only specific areas of fatty build-up in problem zones.
The surgeon can suck out around 20 to 30 percent of the targeted area’s total fat, and 10 percent or less of total body fat through liposuction. This leaves your body with a space to “fill” with fresh, new fat.
Usually, the number of sessions required to eliminate a specific area’s visible excess fat depends on the amount of fatty tissue that needs to be removed and how fast your body metabolizes fat. You may need anywhere from two to six liposuction treatments over several months before visible results appear.
Does Liposuction Help with Weight Loss?
Liposuction isn’t a substitute for weight loss. On its own, liposuction can’t burn away a significant amount of fat from an overweight person or someone who has gained weight in specific areas after reaching a healthy weight. Liposuction can be combined with other cosmetic procedures to create the appearance of greater weight loss and to shape particular body parts.
In some cases, liposuction may be a better option than simple weight loss. If you have extra fat that won’t go away no matter how much you diet or exercise, liposuction may be your best bet for giving you the toned physique that you’ve been wanting.