Remodels body contours…

Definition and objectives

Liposuction can radically and permanently remove localized fat overload not removed either by diet or exercise.

Liposuction is not a method of weight loss and would not succeed without an improvement in lifestyle.

Liposuction does not treat obesity.

Every adult has a fixed number of fat cells, which do not multiply. During weight gain, the volume of these cells increases, not their number.

Procedure and scars

Developed since 1977 by Dr. Illouz, liposuction sucks the unsightly fat to reduce overcrowding of fat cells and redefine the curves. Since remaining fat cells do not have the ability to regenerate, there will be no recurrence if the weight remains stable.

From small incisions of three to four millimeters long hidden in natural folds, foam cannulae, with a rounded tip and not sharp, punched at the end with several holes are introduced. These cannulae are connected to a closed circuit in which a negative pressure is created. The excess fat cells are smoothly sucked with no traumatic effect.

Liposuction can treat a large number of locations: the arms, belly, hips, back, saddlebags, thighs, knees, calves, ankles, the oval of the face and double chin. When the fat sucked during liposuction is used back to fill a hollow or a wrinkle, we refer to lipofilling, autologous fat transplantation, autologous fat, lipostructure, liposculpture or Coleman.

Recent progress, particularly in the field of superficial liposuction, using very thin cannulae, spare the skin of the treated area from repercussions of liposuction. To the contrary, the skin cellulite look can be improved, as superficial liposuction performed correctly causes the skin to retract.

However, we must bear in mind that liposuction, although extremely common in recent years, must be considered a real surgery.

Liposuction can be performed, depending on the size of areas to be treated and the desire of the patient, under local anesthesia, under deep local anesthesia by intravenous tranquilizers (anesthesia with sedation), under general anesthesia, or loco-regional anesthesia (epidural or spinal anesthesia).

Depending on the amount of fat to be extracted and the number of locations to be treated, the procedure can last between 2O minutes and 3 hours.