Liposuction takes an important place in modern plastic surgery because there are so many areas of the body that can’t be improved with diet and exercise alone. Nowadays liposuction procedures can be performed in practically any area of the body, and can be adjusted depending on the region and the amount of fat to be removed. For areas with multiple layers of adipose tissue localized on a wider surface, the liposuction can do miracles in terms of drastically changing the appearance of the body after the procedure. Liposuction can also be used in combination with other plastic surgery procedures such as breast or buttock augmentation and tummy tuck. In these cases, the role of the liposuction is to further define and provide better contours for the areas targeted. When is liposuction recommended? Liposuction is not a weight loss method, but it can be a great finishing point for your weight loss process. It is common knowledge that the contours of the body might present irregularities and imperfections after losing significant weight. Certain areas present stubborn fat deposits that won’t disappear no matter how much you diet or exercise. This is where liposuction comes in. Liposuction can be performed on both men and women. In one sitting, we can address one or more areas of the body, depending on the amount of fat that has to be removed during the procedure. Liposuction offers a good solution for people with excess fat tissue in specific areas as it can model those areas that might be resistant to physical exercise and diet. The procedure can be performed practically on any area of the body. However, there are five areas of the body that can be immensely improved with the help of liposuction. Liposuction on the abdomen For areas where there is a big and persistent amount of fat such as the abdomen, a suitable liposuction technique can extract in between 6 and 12 liters of fat. This amount of fat is usually encountered in people who have suffered from obesity in the past, or at least were overweight. Adipose tissue on the abdomen can be difficult to get rid of, and liposuction is a good option for younger people who have been overweight in the past but have a good skin quality. For older patients, the plastic surgeon might recommend combining liposuction with a tummy tuck as they tend to have sagging skin on the abdomen area as well. Liposuction on the upper arms The upper arms of the body is another area where people find it difficult to shed off the fat tissue. After weight loss, the arms might be left with a certain level of fat which is difficult to eliminate with diet and physical exercise. When considering the liposuction for this area, usually no more than 5 or 6 liters of fat can be extracted. Women with an apple shape tend to accumulate fat in this area. It is important to know that liposuction will not only extract the leftover fat, but also improve your overall body profile, allowing you to wear clothes that were not suitable before the procedure. Liposuction on the thighs Women with a pear shape tend to accumulate fat predominantly on the lower part of the body. They might have a small waist and a slim upper body, but with big thighs, knees and even calves. For this type of patient, liposuction on the thighs is the best procedure to solve the issue permanently. Depending on the volume of fat to be removed, the plastic surgeon might recommend multiple liposuction sessions to correct the imperfections in the area completely, but for most patients, the liposuction on the thighs can be done in one sitting. Liposuction on the flanks Most patients believe that if they lose weight from the abdomen area, their flanks will lose adipose tissue too, but the reality is that flanks are difficult to address with diet and exercise. There are many patients who are happy with their weight but desire plastic surgery to correct their flanks. From an aesthetic point of view, the imperfections of the flanks can ruin what would otherwise be a perfectly hourglass body shape. Flanks are the fat that bulges over the top of the jeans and makes us look uncomfortable when wearing tight trousers. Getting rid of the adipose tissue on the flanks can completely change your anatomy from a square shape to a beautiful hourglass figure. Liposuction on the chin Liposuction can also provide amazing results when performed on the face. Liposuction on the chin is a very commonly performed plastic surgery intervention. Women and men alike can be confronted with a double chin, especially after a certain age. The fat tissue on the chin can’t be targeted with any other weight loss method. The plastic surgeon can extract the fat and purify it to be able to re-inject it to the face later on. By doing this, you can solve two issues at the same time: get rid of an unpleasantly looking double chin while filling in the wrinkles on your face. The ideal candidate for liposuction A good candidate for liposuction will be between 18 to 55 years of age and in a good physical and emotional condition. Most plastic surgeons will want to meet with the patient twice before the intervention. During the initial consultation the surgeon will explain the liposuction method and the technique that is recommended for the patient, with its indications and limitations. The surgeon will also ask questions about the patient’s expectations. The plastic surgeon will also want to discuss your medical history, current and past medication, as well as other treatments that you might be taking. He will recommend you to consider your reasons for undergoing liposuction well before scheduling the procedure. To be able to make an informed decision, the surgeon will tell you all about the risks and potential complications. Conclusion Liposuction is without a doubt one of the most frequently performed and requested plastic surgeries today. It is a safe, non-invasive plastic surgery procedure that can greatly improve areas of the body with adipose tissue that are difficult to target with diet and exercise. For areas such as the face and chin, no other methods are available to get rid of the excess fat that creates the double chin effect. Even if liposuction can be now performed on any part of the body, however extensive or reduced, there are five areas of the body that show impressive results after being treated with liposuction. These areas are the abdomen, the flanks, the chin, the thighs and the flanks. The plastic surgeon might deem it necessary to perform multiple liposuction sessions if the patient has a larger amount of fat to be removed as there is a limit for the quantity of fat to be eliminated in one sitting. The safety of the patient is at risk when that limit is not respected. Liposuction can also be performed in combination with other plastic surgery interventions such as fat transfer, augmentation, or tummy tuck.