Liposuction: Where it can Treat and What it can Do

January 29, 2014


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By Kahlil Andrews MD – Follow me on +
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Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures performed today, in part because of its versatility. This minimally-invasive procedure eliminates stubborn, isolated pockets of fat from nearly anywhere on the body. As a top choice in body contouring procedures, there are few areas where this treatment can’t create a smoother, leaner profile.

Treatment Areas
Liposuction is recommended for patients of a healthy body weight with isolated fatty deposits that have not responded well to diet and exercise. Some of the most common areas where liposuction is used include:

Abdomen and waistline
Hips and buttocks
Inner and outer thighs
Calves and ankles
Breasts
Chest and back
Upper arms
Face and neck

About the only place where liposuction is not recommended is the eyelids. Tools used to perform liposuction come in a range of sizes to allow physicians to customize treatment to the specific treatment area.

Types of Liposuction
Different liposuction techniques also allow this procedure to be effective in treating a wide range of areas. Some of the types of liposuction used today include:

Suction-Assisted (Tumescent) Liposuction – effective in removing larger amounts of fat from areas like the hips, abdomen and buttocks
Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction – liquefies the fat prior to removal, which makes it a good choice for areas like the sides and back
CoolLipo – uses cooling to destroy fat cells and is a common choice for smaller areas like the chin and ncek
Laser-Assisted Liposuction – this procedure uses laser energy to break up fat before it is removed, and is another preferred choice for confined areas like the chin and jowls

While this is not an exhaustive list of the various liposuction techniques available, it is a good example of how versatile this procedure can be. Physicians are able to customize liposuction treatment to the treatment area, as well as the specific needs and desired results of the patient.

Benefits of Liposuction
In addition to the ability to customize liposuction treatments, there are a number of additional benefits this procedure offers, including:

Provides safe and effective removal of stubborn fatty deposits
Changes the body contour for a leaner, sleeker appearance
Permanent solution to pockets of fat, since the fat cells that store the fat are removed

Liposuction offers a variety of treatment options and benefits, which is why this procedure continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments today. For more information about what liposuction can do for you, contact our staff at Physician’s Clinic of Iowa, Plastic Surgery.

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