Liposuction is a surgical procedure that involves the removal of fat deposits by suction and the subsequent modeling of the body. Each area of the body is treated independently. What is liposuction? It removes the localized deposits of fat that are resistant to diets and physical exercise. If you try to keep fit and you eat healthy food and still you can’t get rid of the fat of certain areas of your body, especially in the abdomen, hips, knees, ankles, arms and face, then liposuction may be the answer you are looking for. It models your body. If programmed correctly, the fat removed may be used to add volume to your buttocks. What does Liposuction surgery NOT do? It does not lift hanging skin. If your problem is the excess skin, we recommend that you visit the section of our site devoted to dermolipectomy. It does not cure obesity. If you suffer severe eating disorders, you may be interested in visiting the section of our site devoted to bariatric surgery. It does not eliminate cellulite. Liposuction deals with deep fat deposits, whereas cellulite is a superficial problem. It does not make you look like somebody else and it does not guarantee that you will be treated differently by others. How is a Liposuction surgery performed? Anesthesia Local anesthesia and complementary sedation for simple cases. General anesthesia if the area that is going to be treated is too large. Surgery length Between 30 minutes and 3 hours, according to the complexity of the case. What does a liposuction consist of? The surgeon will make a very small incision of approximately 0.1 inches long (3 mm) and will insert a small tube called cannula under your skin. The cannula may be connected to a device that generates high vacuum pressure, or to a special syringe. The unwanted fat deposits, which prior to this process were treated with injections of a special liquid (saline solution combined with local anesthesia and a vasoconstrictor), are removed from under your skin through the cannula by suction. This liquid generates the adequate conditions for the extraction of fat. The cannula is moved under the skin to reach all the desired areas. The number of incisions vary according to the characteristics of each area, but it is usually more than one. In order to make the outward appearance more homogeneous, the surgeon will have to perform the suction in a pattern of crossing lines, making it necessary to introduce the cannula from different positions. In ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL), a special cannula that emits ultrasonic waves is used. Since these waves cause the fat cells to rupture and the fat is liquefied, its removal becomes much easier. Hospitalization If your case is simple, it requires no hospitalization. If your case involved very large areas and you needed to be given general anesthesia, you will have to be hospitalized for a day. The results Liposuction usually has very good results, both for men and for women of any age, regardless of the weight of the patient. After a typical liposuction performed in the abdomen or waist, you may lose between 7 to 11 pounds (3.5 to 5 kg), according to the area treated.Your body will have more harmonious lines, which will probably make you feel more satisfied when you look at yourself and will make it easier to choose new clothes. The scars, which are very small, will become unnoticeable in no time.