Liposuction is the surgical removal of unwanted deposits of excess fat. A hollow tube (cannula) is inserted under the skin through one or more incisions. The cannula is pushed then pulled through the fat layer. Next a vacuum pump or a large syringe is used to suction out the deposits of excess fat. Small drainage tubes may be inserted into the surgical area to remove blood and fluid that may accumulate.
Liposuction is done in an effort to sculpt the body. It is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery in the United States. Common locations for liposuction include the cheeks, chin, neck, upper arms, breasts, abdomen, buttocks, hips, thighs and calves.
Liposuction should not be used for weight loss. Liposuction should not be used as a replacement for behavior modifications, such as good eating and good exercise habits, which may lead to weight loss.
Will I live longer if I have this procedure?
Scientific evidence does not show that liposuction lengthens your life.
Will removing unwanted deposits of excess fat by liposuction improve my quality of life?
Scientific evidence has not confirmed that liposuction improves your quality of life.
This is a surgical procedure and does have the risk of complications.
Minor reported complications:
Major reported complications:
Comparisons to alternative treatments are not available.
Alternative treatments include:
The cost of liposuction for body sculpturing varies considerably based on the type of surgery performed. The average cost may range from $1,000 to over $100,000.
The cost may or may not be covered by your health benefits plan.
The following are off-site links :
MayoClinic.com. (August, 2010). Liposuction. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/liposuction/MY00079.
MedlinePlus. U. S. National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. (2011, June). Liposuction. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from http://medlineplus.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002985.htm.
National Guideline Clearinghouse. (2009, October). Evidence-based patient safety advisory: Liposuction. Retrieved February 13, 2013 from http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=15333.
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