Who is a candidate: If you are bothered by excess fat deposits located anywhere on your face or body that do not respond to diet or exercise, liposuction may be appropriate. Despite good health and a reasonable level of fitness, some individuals may still have bodies with disproportionate contours due to localized fat deposits.
Procedure: Liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions that are hidden within the natural creases and contours of the body. A thin, hollow tube (cannula) is inserted through these incisions to loosen and remove fat. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body through the cannula. Compression garments or elastic bandages are used to help control swelling, and the skin conforms to the reduced body contours.
Healing: Initial wound healing may take from 5 to 10 days. Healing will continue for several weeks as swelling continues to resolve.