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Liposuction is a procedure to remove the unwanted fat deposits from certain areas of the body. Common sites for liposuction include the face, neck, arms, back, hips, thighs, buttocks, and even knee and ankle areas. Liposuction is best suited for patients who have tried weight reduction through good dietary habits and exercise and who continue to have localized fat deposits.
Unwanted fat is removed through cannulas (hollow tubes) placed through tiny incisions. The cannulas are attached to a suction apparatus that removes the fat creating a strong vacuum.
The procedure can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia frequently with sedation. Tumescent liposuction involves the injection of a large amount of injection solution to facilitate removal of fat with less blood loss, less bruising, and a faster recovery.
After the operation, patients must wear a compression garment to accelerate the healing process and to minimize swelling (edema).