Liposuction is the removal of subcutaneous fat (fat that lies directly beneath the skin) through the use of a surgical vacuum pump and cannulas--or suction tubes--that are placed under the skin using very small incisions. In appropriate candidates, liposuction can be a very effective body contouring procedure, allowing the surgeon to sculpt an aesthetically appealing contour in various areas of the body.

It is important to understand that liposuction is not a weight-loss procedure. Rather, it is a contouring procedure that is most effective in patients who are generally healthy and physically fit but have stubborn localized areas of fat that remain despite a balanced diet and regular exercise. For example, many women have such an area in the lower abdomen after pregnancy. In addition, it is important to realize that when there is a large amount of extra skin present as well as fat, then liposuction alone will not be enough to correct the problem. The extra skin must be removed using an incision.

Some common areas treated by liposuction include the abdomen, hips, flanks, thighs, and lower extremities. Liposuction can be combined with other surgical procedures, such as abdominoplasty and mastopexy. Taking a comprehensive approach to body contouring surgery and using multiple surgical techniques in combination can help you to achieve optimal results. Dr. Muzaffar will help you to decide how liposuction can best be used to achieve your body contouring goals.

Liposuction may be performed using local anesthesia and sedation, or under general anesthesia for more extensive cases. In most cases, this is outpatient surgery. After surgery, the use of special compressive garments and restriction of vigorous physical activity are extremely important measures to ensure the best possible result.

While patients may not think of liposuction as a true surgical procedure, it does carry real risks of complications, just as with any operation. In your consultation, Dr. Muzaffar will carefully review the potential risks of the surgery and help you decide whether liposuction is an appropriate procedure for you.