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Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes excess fat deposits to slim and reshape specific areas of the body, and to improve body contours and proportions.

Liposuction can be used to remove fat pockets in many parts of the body, including thighs, arms, neck, hips, waist, back, inner knee, chest, cheeks, chin, calves and ankles. In some cases, liposuction is used in conjunction with other plastic surgery procedures for best results.

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity. It is also not a replacement for good health habits, including diet and regular exercise.

Who Is a Good Candidate?
A good candidate for liposuction is physically healthy and has realistic expectations. If there is excess skin, a secondary procedure may also be recommended. If a large amount of fat is to be removed, the surgeon may have additional recovery restrictions and information.

What to Expect
Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, a sterile liquid solution is infused into the tissue to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a cannula (a thin tube) is inserted through the incisions to loosen excess fat. Your plastic surgeon will use a controlled back and forth motion. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body.

Swelling and fluid retention are commonly experienced after liposuction surgery. Once these subside, your new contour will be apparent. Continued healthy practices, including diet and fitness, will help maintain this loss of excess fatty tissue.

A compression garment or elastic bandages may be used to cover the treated areas after surgery. These help control swelling and compress the skin to your new body contours. In addition, one or more small, thin tubes (drains) may be temporarily placed under the skin to remove any excess blood or fluid.

Recovery Information
You will be given specific instructions after cosmetic surgery, including:

  • How to care for the surgical site
  • Medications to apply or take orally
  • Specific concerns to look for at the surgical site or in your general health
  • When to follow up with your surgeon

For more information about this cosmetic procedure, visit The American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Find a Doctor
To locate a board-certified cosmetic surgeon affiliated with Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth, search the online physician database or call 678-312-5000.