Liposuction Procedure Detail and Explanation

Published 12/05/06


Watch this video to see how liposuction, used to remove unwanted localized deposits of fat, is performed.


Liposuction or lipoplasty, is performed to sculpt the body and remove unwanted, localized deposits of fat from specific areas. Over the years, several techniques of liposuction have evolved. Liposuction can be done under general anesthesia, or under local anesthesia and mild sedation, depending on the type of surgery and specific patient. Therefore, it is advisable to consult your physician to review what type of procedure would be most appropriate. Tumescent liposuction technique, a solution of very dilute Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, and epinephrine, a capillary constrictor is first injected into the subcutaneous fat. The targeted tissue then becomes swollen. A tiny incision is made in an inconspicuous location on skin. Then a suction tube is inserted through the incision. With high pressure vacuum, fat cells are extracted through this tube.

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