Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat, improving your body contours and proportion, and ultimately, enhancing your self-image. It involves the infiltration of fluid into the tissues and the aspiration of fat and fluid using negative pressure. After surgery, a support garment is worn for a number of weeks to maximise the final outcome.
Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:
- Hips and buttocks
- Abdomen and waist
- Upper arms
- Inner knee
- Chest area
- Cheeks, chin and neck
- Calves and ankles
Liposuction can be performed alone or with other plastic surgery procedures, such as a facelift, breast reduction or a tummy tuck.
What liposuction won’t do
Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity or a substitute for proper diet and exercise.
It is also not an effective treatment for cellulite – the dimpled skin that typically appears on the thighs, hips, and buttocks – or loose saggy skin.