Liposuction is a very important tool for contouring the body. It provides a means for removing unwanted fat under the skin to change the overall shape of a particular body part without direct excision and long scars. For liposuction to be effective, it requires good skin quality in the absence of stretch marks to allow the skin to shrink and re-drape over the newly created contours. Often, liposuction is used as an adjunct to other procedures such as breast reduction, abdominoplasty, and body lifts.
Liposuction is commonly used to create slender lines for the abdomen, thighs and buttocks. In recent years, reports of poor outcomes have been reported with this procedure. However, when this surgery is performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon in an appropriate certified surgery center, liposuction is a very safe and predictable surgery with minimal downtime.