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What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is an elective surgical procedure. It reshapes the body through the removal of excess body fat.

Liposuction of the Abdomen
Liposuction of the Abdomen
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Some common reasons for choosing to have liposuction include:

  • Reshaping the body so that it is more in tune with an individual’s ideal body image
  • Removing unwanted fat pockets that could not be lost with diet and exercise
  • Boosting self-confidence and feelings about appearance
  • Reducing the chest size of males suffering from gynecomastia (enlarged breasts)
  • Removing fatty deposits known as lipomas

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have liposuction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Nerve damage
  • Bleeding
  • Blood clots
  • Allergic reaction
  • Burns
  • Asymmetry
  • Darkening of the skin
  • Irregular appearance of the area
  • Firm scarring under the skin
  • Fluid build up under the skin

Liposuction results are not the same for everyone. Some factors that may affect results include:

  • Age—Older patients may not see the same results as younger patients, because their skin is less elastic.
  • Experience of the doctor—Doctors with more experience tend to have fewer problems.

Some factors that may increase the risk of...