Liposuction is used to remove unwanted fat from different parts of the body.  The most common areas are the abdomen, hips, back, thighs, arms and neck.  Prior to surgery the areas to undergo liposuction are marked on the patient as a guide map.  Fluids are injected into the areas that will undergo the liposuction and then a cannula (slim hollow tube) is inserted through a very small incision near the areas to be contoured.  The cannula is moved through the different layers of tissue to extract the excess fat.  Once the fat removal is completed, a small stich is used to close the incision. The surgeon will recommend the best method of anesthesia which may be a local anesthetic, intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The type of anesthesia used depends on the individual patient (age and health status) and the volume of fat to be removed.  Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) is a liposuction technique that has been in use since the early nineties.  A specially designed ultrasound probe is inserted into the area to be reshaped through the same small incision used for the liposuction.  The ultrasound energy liquefies the fat prior to removal.  This method is particularly useful for reshaping tight areas such as the back or enlarged male breasts (gynecomastia).  Liposuction is usually performed as an outpatient procedure but it may require an overnight hospital stay when very large volumes of fat are removed during the surgery.

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