While sticking to a healthy diet and a regular exercise regimen are the best ways to lose weight, many people can’t seem to get rid of stubborn fat pockets from problem areas. This is particularly true for the legs, buttocks, hips, stomach, arms, chin, and neck. Liposuction can make the body look more sculpted and toned, thereby increasing one’s body image and level of self-assurance.
First, a small incision is made in the area to be treated. Next, a thin, hollow tube is inserted into the incision, and fat is suctioned out and discarded. Liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under anesthesia and can last two or more hours. Common side effects include temporary bruising, numbness, soreness, and burning sensations, but most will subside within a few days or weeks. Once the area has healed, the patient should notice a firmer, tighter physique. Liposuction can also be performed along with an abdominoplasty or body lift to treat surrounding areas of the torso to sculpt the silhouette.