What is Liposuction?
Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, is a surgical operation that removes fat deposits from specific areas of the body. These areas usually include the abdomen, hips, upper arms, thighs, knees, buttocks, cheeks and neck. The fat from these areas are removed by using a suction instrument. A liposuction procedure may also include more than one area. For example, the procedure can be performed on the abdomen, thighs, and buttocks on the same day.
Liposuction, contrary to popular opinion, is not a good way to lose weight – it’s too easy to gain it all back. However, it is a good way to shape the body for aesthetic purposes. Take note that liposuction is not a substitute for dieting and exercise. It can, however, help you to remove fat from areas that do not respond through more traditional weight-loss methods.
Who Performs Liposuctions?
Liposuction is often performed by plastic surgeons and dermatologists. However, most licensed doctors can legally perform the procedure — there is no standardized training required. Because of this, you might want to exercise a little caution in choosing your surgeon. Question your doctor on his educational background, as well as his professional qualifications. Try to find a physician that has not only specialized in liposuction, but has performed many such procedures over the years.
Your surgeon should also answer all the questions you may ask about the operation. Be straightforward about your concerns. Remember that you are paying for your doctor’s services; so it is his professional obligation to allay whatever fears you may have about the process. There are many complications that may arise because of the procedure, and your doctor should make you aware of them.