Liposuction or three-dimensional liposculpture is a technique to eliminate fatty deposits from specific areas of the body: the chin, throat, cheeks, arms, sides of the chest, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs, calves and ankles.
This type of procedure, which is used to shape the figure rather than to lose weight, is designed for those who are within a normal weight range for their frame.
It should be borne in mind that this operation does not eliminate cellulite, but rather concentrations of fat that do not disappear with diet or physical exercise. The operation should not be carried out on those whose area of treatment has recently been subject to other types of surgery, who have weak circulation or anyone suffering from lung or heart disease.
When liposuction is a highly localised procedure and the area is small, local anaesthetic is used in combination with sedatives, although there is also the possibility of using an epidural, rather like that employed in childbirth. On the other hand, if the operation is carried out on a larger area, general anaesthetic will probably be used.
The procedure, which lasts from one to three hours, depending upon the area and the amount of liquid to be suctioned, must be combined with another additional operation in the case of those with loose, hanging skin. Scars, which are tiny, are strategically placed so that they are hardly noticeable.