Where are the possible places to get liposuction on your body? Could you please make a list of them? Thank you.
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Areas of liposution
Possible areas of liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, medial thighs, lateral thighs, medial knees, chest, back, bra area, axilla, arms, and submentum. I do perform liposuction of the calves and ankles as well, which are less common areas because of the complexity and time involved.
You should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to find out what areas you are a good candidate for.
Liposuction - where can it be done.
Thank you for asking about your liposuction.
- Liposuction can be done anywhere in the body where excess fat has accumulated under the skin.
- The usual areas are the abdomen, sides, back and chest - and upper legs.
- The neck, arms, lower legs and ankles can all be liposuctioned too.
- To have a consultation to see what you need, please consult a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.
- In New Zealand, these will probably all be members of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons.
- Or you can call the Medical Licensing Board in Wellington - they can probably give you the names of those nearest you.
Always see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Best wishes - Elizabeth Morgan MD PHD FACS
Full Body Liposuction?
Liposuction is one of the most common, as well one of the most commonly misunderstood cosmetic procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Liposuction, or suction assisted lipectomy (SAL) as it is also known, allows a surgeon to contour a patient’s shape and address those areas resistant to diet and exercise. It is not a weight loss procedure and is best performed on patients who are at or near their target weight. Ideal candidates have problem/target areas which have been resistant to diet and exercise.
Common target areas include:
· Abdomen/Flanks (“love handles”)
· Upper arms
Note: These are some of the most commonly treated areas. Technically speaking any area of subcutaneous fat excess is a potential target. I typically recommend at least a 2 inch pinch test for treating an area to ensure a smooth post op contour.
Traditional liposuction or SAL (Suction Assisted Lipoplasty) is typically performed under sedation/general anesthesia. The procedure involves the use of a hollow metal tube called a cannula, which is inserted via series of small incisions. These cannulas are first used deliver a combination of local anesthetic and vasoconstrictor (to minimize bleeding). Once anesthetized, the cannula is used to disrupt the fat cells for subsequent aspiration. This technique can be augmented through the use of ultrasound or power (vibration) facilitating fat aspiration. These are employed at the surgeon’s discretion.
Once the procedure has been completed, the patient will be given a special compression garment to reduce swelling. The recovery period for traditional liposuction is typically one to two weeks but will vary with patient pain tolerance and the number of areas treated at once.
As always, discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon.
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Areas of the body for liposuction
There are many areas of the body that can be treated with liposuction. These include the abdomen, flanks, back, inner thighs, outer thighs, arms and neck. Some surgeons perform liposuction of the calves but this is not common. The posterior thighs can also be addressed. Also, specific areas such as the armpit near the breast can be addressed with liposuction. It is important to remember that liposuction is not a weight loss strategy and you need to see a board certified plastic surgeon when considering multiple areas or higher volumes. Larger cases that address multiple areas should be done in the OR under anesthesia and may require postoperative fluid replacement during an overnight stay.
Where are the possible places to get liposuction on your body? Could you please make a list of them? Thank you
Liposuction is very effective in reducing localize pads of resistant fat despite diet and exercise. If your fat is located throughout your body including arms neck trunk thighs and calves you would probably be better off starting with a healthy diet and exercise regimen to lose appropriate amounts of weight. The reason for this is that the fat that is removed will return in other areas such as within your belly cavity if your metabolism and caloric intake does not improve. For some lucky patients the fat may return to their breasts only or may be distributed diffusely throughout the body. But for other patients who are less lucky, the fat may return to new areas such as the arms. Consequently try to achieve a good weight and use liposuction selectively for the resistant areas. Please watch the video link above for more information.
Jon A Perlman M.D., FACS
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
Member, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
ABC-TV Extreme Makeover Surgeon
Beverly Hills, California
Thank you for your question. Liposuction is effective at reducing the unwanted bulges that are difficult to diminish through diet and exercise alone. The procedure’s primary purpose is to restore more attractive contours and proportions to the body through the removal of excess fatty deposits. I personally use tumescent liposuction to help patients sculpt areas of the face and body, including the buttocks, stomach, thighs, hips, breasts, back, arms, and neck. Liposuction is best for patients who are at or near a healthy, stable weight, but still have some pockets of fat they cannot eliminate naturally. Be sure to find a board certified plastic surgeon that performs these procedures at least 100 per year.
Wish you all the best,
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