One of the most well-known and frequently employed cosmetic plastic surgery techniques is liposuction, a procedure where isolated deposits of fat are carefully suctioned from underneath the skin in order to sculpt the body’s contours and create a slimmer physique. In the last year alone, more than 222,000 men and women underwent liposuction for cosmetic purposes alone, making it second only to breast augmentation among the most popular forms of plastic surgery in the United States. One of the many reasons for liposuction’s enduring popularity is its versatility. Not only can liposuction be performed in isolation, eliminating difficult to remove fat from hard to reach areas to help create shapelier hips, thighs, or abdomen, just to name a few, but it is also a vital component in many other, cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
Many don’t realize that liposuction can play a role in various surgical breast procedures. It is frequently used to remove small amounts of fatty tissue from the breasts and nearby areas of the chest and back, creating a more slender and sculpted physique without the need for full breast reduction surgery. Moreover, liposuction (usually combined with some degree of tissue removal) may also benefit men suffering from gynecomastia, the development of male breast tissue that may accompany age-related hormonal changes. In addition, fat transfer breast augmentation uses fat that has been removed from other areas of the body, via liposuction, to give the breasts a larger and fuller appearance.
As we age, the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid in the facial tissues begins to slow down. Over time, this can lead to a loss of subcutaneous fat, making the face appear increasingly lean and angular. Moreover, the fat that remains tends to slide downward as facial muscles weaken and the skin loses its natural elasticity. Liposuction is frequently used to remove tiny, isolated pockets of fat from the neck, chin, and jawline to alleviate sagging jowls or a double chin without the need for a full facelift or neck lift procedure. Fat transfer techniques can also be used to replenish and redistribute fat to areas of the face that need it, restoring a pleasantly smooth and youthful appearance.
One body contouring procedure that has becoming extremely popular in recent years is the Brazilian Butt Lift, which uses liposuction to remove excess fat from areas where it is undesirable, purifies and sterilizes that fat, and then reinjects it into the buttocks to provide increased volume and projection. Because this fat transfer technique uses fat taken from the patient’s own body, there is virtually no risk of tissue rejection and the results tend to last longer and look more natural than those achieved with artificial fillers or implants.
Liposuction procedures are constantly being updated and refined, and today there are a variety of different approaches that are specifically designed to address individual patient needs. If you are interested in learning more about liposuction, or about any of the other plastic surgery procedures that I preform, please feel free to connect with me, Dr. James Namnoum, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for all the latest plastic surgery news and updates or contact my office to schedule a consultation today.