Liposuction is a process to remove the excess fat from an area in the body.
Liposuction is a medical procedure that can be conducted on the body. Contrary to popular believe, the purpose of liposuction is to reshape one or more areas of the body, not to lose weight. The procedure is generally conducted on "problem" areas that have not responded well to diet and/or exercise.
As the pressure on people to look better has increased, so has the popularity of the liposuction. This has been added to by celebrities who tout the benefits of liposuction. Improvements in the medical field have also made this procedure easier, safer and less painful.
Liposuction is essentially a cosmetic surgery. While, it may be recommended for some with health issues, majority of the procedures are done for cosmetic reasons. Liposuction can be done in practically any area, most common being abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, and the back of the arms.
In order to be eligible for the procedure, the person should be good health, should not be suffering from conditions such as diabetes, any infection, heart or circulation problems, and should not have smoked tobacco for at least 2 months before the surgery.
The surgery is done by inserting a hollow tube, called the cannula, into the area where the fat must be sucked out from. The cannula is connected to an aspirator, which is a suction device. The aspirator then sucks out the fat from a fat pocket through the cannula. The doctor will move the cannula around to contour the area into the desired shape. During all this, the patient may be completely under anesthesia or may be awake with the anesthesia just numbing the area of the procedure. The procedure usually takes only a couple of hours unless a large volume of fat is being removed.