What is a liposuction?

 In Cosmetic Procedures

You have probably heard of a liposuction, but what is it? A liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes fat to give the patient their desired look. Areas that can be liposuctioned include: breasts, upper arms, under the chin or face, abdomen, calves, ankles, hips, thighs, buttocks, chest, back, and knees. A liposuction procedure is not a weight-loss procedure. The best way to lose weight is through diet and exercise. A liposuction is meant to remove an excess of fat from a certain area, where the patient maintains a stable body weight for their age and height. 



Like most surgeries getting a liposuction comes with risks. The risks will increase as the area a surgeon is working on increases. Risks include:

– bleeding

– asymmetry (skin may be irregularly contoured due to uneven fat removal or poor elasticity of your skin)

– infection

– shock

– blood clots deep in deep veins

– fluid accumulation 

– fat embolism

– internal puncture

– a complication due to the anesthesia used

– numbness


The procedure

Before the procedure, meet with your doctor to ask about the specifics of your procedure. They will discuss your previous medical history and any current conditions. They may tell you to stop taking certain medications in preparation for your surgery. Arrange for someone to be there to drive you home and stay the night after your surgery. 


The anesthesia administered to a patient for the surgery may differ depending on the surgery. Some procedures will only need a local anesthesia, this only makes a part of your body numb. Other procedures will require  general anesthesia, this renders a patient unconscious for the duration of the surgery. 


The procedure may be done in a few different ways including: fluid injection, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, and power-assisted liposuction. Fluid injection is one of the most common techniques used by plastic surgeons today. A sterile solution is injected. This solution contains a salt solution, lidocaine (a regional anesthesia), and epinephrine (a drug that causes blood vessels to contract). The solution will cause skin to swell. After this has happened the surgeon will then make small cuts and insert a tube that sucks fat and fluids from your body. Any fluids lost can be replaced by a IV and time. 


Let our Plastic Surgeon Utah County help your regain your confidence in your body. 

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