Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat in areas where the patient desires a smoother, slimmer shape or better proportion.
Liposuction surgery is typically performed under the chin, on the hips, thighs, abdomen, and in the under arm and breast areas. In women, the single most frequently treated areas are the outer thighs, followed by the abdomen.
Men usually have liposuction performed under the chin and around the waist or in the reduction of enlarged male breasts.
Generally, people of normal weight who have localized areas of protruding fat achieve the most desired results from liposuction surgery. However, persons who are slightly overweight can also benefit.
Body shaping procedures
Although most commonly performed for patients after gastric bypass surgery, these procedures are also effective for men and women whose skin has become lax with age by tightening and improving the shape and contour of the body.
An arm lift, also known as brachioplasty, removes excess skin and fat from the upper arms.
A body lift involves the removal of excess skin from several combined areas, including abdomen, back, hips, thighs and buttocks.
Buttock augmentation, also known as a Brazilian butt lift, can lift or enlarge flat or poorly developed buttocks, creating a larger and rounder derriere.
While this procedure is most commonly performed with fat harvested from other sites on the body, it can also be accomplished with anatomic butt implants.
A tummy tuck, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess skin and tightens weakened and stretched stomach muscles, resulting in a slimmer, flatter appearance.
Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop an abdomen that protrudes or is loose and sagging, making them good candidates for tummy tuck surgery. The most common causes of this include:
- Significant fluctuations in weight
- Prior surgery