Liposuction is a procedure that helps sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from specific areas, such as the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, and neck. The goal of liposuction is not to reduce weight, but rather to improve a person’s shape and body contours. Although liposuction should not be viewed as a substitute for diet and exercise, the procedure can remove stubborn areas of fat that won’t respond to traditional weight-loss methods.
During the past decade, liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, has seen several new refinements that have resulted in improved patient outcomes and reduced downtime. Today, a number of new techniques, including Smartlipo™, the tumescent technique and the super-wet technique, are helping many plastic surgeons provide patients with more precise results and shorter recovery times.