Liposuction, liposculpture, lipoplasty and a variety of other terms are all used to describe one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed annually in the United States. Each year several hundred thousand women and men seek improvement in various areas of their body using liposuction techniques. Liposuction is a procedure that can help sculpt the body by removing unwanted fat from the abdomen, hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks and neck. Liposuction has undergone many refinements in the last several decades, including the tumescent technique. With the tumescent technique, large volumes of saline solution, local anesthesia, and adrenaline are infused into the fatty area being treated to cause swelling. This enables your surgeon to maneuver a small instrument called a cannula, connected to a vacuum machine, superficially under the skin. The cannula is inserted into the fatty tissue through tiny incisions. Your surgeon gently moves it around under your skin and suctions away the unwanted fatty deposits to reveal more attractive contours.
Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure.The ideal candidates for liposuction are healthy individuals within a normal weight range. They have firm, elastic skin and have localized areas of excessive fat. Patients with skin that has lost elasticity from weight gain, pregnancy or aging may not be appropriate candidates for liposuction. Liposuction can effectively treat and sculpt problem areas of the body including the chin/neck, chest, upper arms, “love handles” (flanks), back, abdomen, hips, inner thighs, “saddle bags” (outer thighs), knees and ankles. During your consultation at Constantine Cosmetic Surgery we will discuss the type of procedure which is most appropriate for you.