It is often used on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper and backs of the arms, calves, and back.
The fat is removed through a hollow instrument, known as a cannula. This is inserted under the skin. A powerful, high-pressure vacuum is applied to the cannula.
Liposuction is the most common cosmetic operation in the United States. More than 300,000 procedures are carried out in the United States each year.
Fast facts on liposuctionHere are some key points about liposuction. More detail is in the main article.
- The operation is normally carried out under general anesthesia.
- Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool but a cosmetic procedure with subtle effects.
- Risks include infection and scarring
- Liposuction can be used to treat some medical conditions.