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Liposuction: What it is, who can get it and the risks involved

Liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure that is done to remove fat from target areas. It is a body contouring procedure in people with stubborn pockets of fat in areas of the body though they are satisfied with their general body weight.

If you’re wondering if liposuction would be the right option for you among the other cosmetic and surgical procedures out there, read on.

This article will inform you about it, who can get it, how the procedure is done and other information.

What is Liposuction?

It is a cosmetic surgical procedure to reduce fat from areas of the body. It is used as an adjunct to weight loss and not a replacement for exercising and dieting.

After adolescence, your fat cells are permanently distributed all over your body and when you gain weight, these cells increase in size and decrease when you lose it.

Liposuction targets these cells, reducing them in target areas so the results remain permanent provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Who can get Liposuction?

The right candidate for liposuction is someone who is not overweight but is just looking to reduce fat in certain areas of their body. You should also ensure that you have no medical conditions that may slow your healing as immune or blood disorders, heart problems, or allergies to medications used during anesthesia.

Also, ensure that you are within the legal age limit of your state for you to undergo any cosmetic procedure.

Target areas for Liposuction

Dieting and exercising can help you lose weight but some areas of the body could be stubborn. If you’re not seeing desirable results in these areas, you may want to consider liposuction. Stubborn pockets of fat could occur in:

  • · Stomach

  • · Thighs

  • · Buttocks

  • · Back

  • · Arms

  • · Neck and chin

Liposuction can help reduce fats in these areas and also reduce breast size. It cannot be used to treat cellulite or stretch marks that may accompany weight gain.


Anesthesia would be administered either locally around the target area or generally. The area would be marked and an incision made. A sterile liquid with an anesthetic, lidocaine, is injected to numb the area and separate the fat cells that are then suctioned away through a cannula.

Depending on the area to be worked on, liposuction can last for hours. A drain may be placed at the incision sites for fluid drainage.


Liposuction is no different from surgical procedures that have risks that differ from an individual. These risks increase depending on the area worked on and the length of the procedure.

These include Numbness or tingling sensation that could be temporary or permanent, infections, Irregular skin, Infection, Fluid accumulation, organ puncture from the cannula, and fat embolism that could be fatal if it blocks a major blood vessel.


Liposuction may be the final touch you need to have that summer body but ensure that you visit a certified professional for the procedure and keep a healthy lifestyle to maintain your results.

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