Summer means sun, sand and bikini bodies. Not as easy as it sounds! Not all can have naturally sculpted bodies that look great in swim wear, even with regular exercise and weigh loss diet. Women who have stubborn fat deposits in localized areas of their body feel particularly insecure and emotionally stressed about their body image during summer. Fat pockets in areas like the abdomen, sides, back, flanks, thighs, and upper body are highly resistant to exercise and diet. Fortunately, there is a reliable and effective way to get your body ready for summer fun. Liposuction is one of the most popular, relatively straightforward plastic surgery procedures that can remove unsightly and stubborn fat deposits and deliver a well sculpt, contoured and toned body. What is liposuction and how is it performed? Liposuction is a body contouring plastic surgery procedure that removes fat deposits from localized areas like the tummy, sides, back, flanks, thighs, neck, face, breasts etc. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia. Patients who want to remain asleep throughout the surgery can opt for general anesthesia. You may go home a few hours after the procedure. The first step of liposuction involves placement of tiny incisions in identified areas of the body with excess fats. In the second step, a cannula, which is an ultra thin stainless steel tube, is inserted inside the target area. Tumescent solution is then introduced in the target area to loosen the fats after which, the cannula is moved in a back and forth motion to dislodge the fat from the surrounding tissues. The cannula is connected to a suction pump, which is then used to remove the dislodged fat from the target area. There are also advanced versions of liposuction, such as ultrasound-assisted liposuction and power-assisted liposuction. These methods use ultrasonic waves and mechanical energy respectively to melt down the fat in the target area before removing it. In the last step, the incision is closed and sutured. This process is repeated for each target area. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure Many people erroneously think of liposuction as a weight loss method. In point of fact, it is a body contouring procedure that enhances and sculpts your body by removing the stubborn fat pockets from different areas. The volume of fat removed during the surgery is too negligible to result in dramatic weight loss. While the surgery can permanently remove the fat from the target areas, incremental increase in weight following surgery can trigger the enlargement of existing fat cells and give birth to new fat cells in your body. When this happens, the beneficial results achieved via liposuction will be negated. Because liposuction is a strictly aesthetic surgery, you will not experience any direct enhancement in your physical health. It must also be clearly understood that liposuction is a surgery, which means it has attendant risks and complications. This is the reason why patients are advised to undergo liposuction only after they have exhausted other more natural methods like diet and exercise. Who is a good candidate for liposuction? If fat pockets have developed in different areas of your body, you may qualify for the liposuction surgery. Be that as it may, you must also meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered a good candidate for the procedure. You must be in a good physical health, with relatively stable weight, and with no chronic or life threatening illness. If you are suffering from any illnesses, be sure to share this information with your plastic surgeon. A good candidate also has realistic goals and expectations. Liposuction is not a magic wand nor a cure-all that can resolve all your aesthetic problems overnight. Patients with good skin elasticity and tone are ideal candidates. Smokers will be required to quit smoking at least two weeks before and after surgery to be considered for the procedure. Risks of liposuction There are a number of risks associated with liposuction. While there have been significant medical advancements in technology and techniques that have minimized risks, there are no absolutes in surgery and complications can still occur. The common risks include excessive bleeding, seroma, scarring, infections, bruising and change in skin sensation. Patients suffering from diseases like diabetes, heart problems, respiratory problems, blood disorder, and hypertension are more at risk to potential complications in liposuction. The same holds true for people who take certain drugs like blood thinning and anti-inflammatory medications. Make sure to discuss the risks of liposuction with your surgeon during your initial consultation so you can make an informed and wise decision. Conclusion Liposuction is a very effective body contouring plastic surgery procedure that can remove the stubborn fat deposits from your body areas like the abdomen, thighs, sides, flanks, back, and upper body. While liposuction can remove fat from the target areas, it should not be used as a weight loss method, because the amount of fats removed during the surgery does not lead to any significant weight loss. The results of liposuction are long lasting and permanent if you make the necessary lifestyle changes and maintain a stable weight.