Liposuction of the Body

Liposuction (also called liposculpture or lipoplasty) is the most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the U.S. In this technique, excess fat in certain body areas is removed from underneath the skin. The instrument used is a long metal tube called a cannula that is inserted through small, inconspicuously placed incisions. Because incisions are very small, recovery times are usually short, although specialized compression garments may be worn for several weeks to achieve the best possible contour.

Some useful modifications of liposuction are the tumescent technique, which decreases bruising and postoperative pain, and power-assisted liposuction (PAL), which may be useful when the fat is tough and resistant to removal. Often the techniques are used in combination to give the best possible outcome.