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Liposuction is a procedure used to remove fat cells by sucking them out of the desired area with the use of a tube instrument called a cannula, and a vacuum-like machine. This innovative procedure is immensely popular as it can remove unwanted fat from essentially anywhere in the body - thighs, stomach, upper arms, buttocks, even wrists.
Small incisions are made around the area to be treated, where the cannula will be inserted. Several types of liposuction can be used, such as dry, wet, tumescent, super-wet, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and power-assisted (also called MicroAire).
Keep in mind that liposuction may seem like a quick fix, but it is not. Recovery time can be weeks or months, and there is risk of infection. Also, you must maintain a healthy lifestyle after the surgery -- proper diet and exercise -- in order to maintain the results of the surgery.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|