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For many of us ridding certain areas of our body from fat is near impossible. Genetics, busy lifestyles, eating habits and some diseases prevent our bodies from losing fat in specific areas no matter what diet or exercise we try. Liposuction is popular option for eliminating body fat in certain areas and allowing you to have the body you’ve always dreamed of.

What is it?

Liposuction goes by many names: lipoplasty, suction-assisted fat removal, and liposculpture suction lipectomy, all which refer to the same procedure where a cannula, a hollow tube, and an aspirator, a vacuum device are used to remove fat from targeted areas of the body. The amount of fat that can be removed during one procedure is determine by a number of different factors, including the patient’s fluid balance in their body, their current Body Mass Index (BMI), or the amount of excess fat they are carrying, and a variety of other elements. Both the patient and the doctor will decide on an agreed upon amount of fat to be removed. Fat can be removed from a variety of different areas with the most popular options being the stomach, the buttocks, thighs, ‘saddlebags’ and ‘love handles’. These are usually the most difficult areas of the body to shed weight from.

How does it work?

There are several methods for carrying out liposuction, but the most common method is suction-assisted liposuction. With this method the cannula, a small straw-like instrument, is inserted into the problem area through a tiny incision in the skin. The aspirator, or suction device, is attached to the end of the cannula and the surgeon moves the device back and forth over layers of fat cells to disperse the cells and suck them up and out of the body. For more aggressive types of liposuction additional methods are used to break up greater amounts of fat. In Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL) the cannula emits ultrasound waves into the layers of fat, these vibrations liquidate the fat making it easier to suck up. These waves are delivered in short bursts using pulsed technology. Another form of assisted liposuction is Water-Assisted Liposuction (WAL). During this procedure concentrated jet streams of water are released into the body. These columns of fast moving water help break up and liquify the fat so the surgeon can quickly and more easily suck up the unwanted fat.

Benefits

Liposuction provides immediate weight loss effects. While some swelling may occur directly after the surgery, within a matter of days patients will be able to see a reduction in size around the targeted areas with full results appearing 1 month to 6 months after the procedure. Liposuction has also shown to help improve skin elasticity. As the excess fat is removed from the body the surrounding skin has the opportunity to retract and tighten, leaving skin looking more taut and youthful. The benefits of liposuction are greatly increased when the procedure is combined with regular exercise and a healthy diet.