Liposuction, commonly known as liposculpture, involves removing unwanted pockets of subcutaneous fat. Traditionally liposuction is solely a fat reduction procedure. However, the recent terms liposculpture and body contouring more specifically define newer techniques to obtain enhanced improvements in skin tightening and body shaping. Overall, fat removal while simultaneously recontouring creates an aesthetically pleasing improved body.
Goals for a liposuction or liposculpture procedure: improvement in body disproportion and shape, reduction in fat in the treatment areas, improvement in skin quality or tightening in the treatment areas (consider skin removal surgery if starting with a significant amount of loose skin), muscular defining and shaping with a hi-definition procedure, reduction of symptoms such as pain or swelling in fatty areas in patients with lipoedema, improvement in contours, indentations, skin induration or hardness in those with poor previous outcomes (eg revision liposuction).
Final results may not be evident for six months for most procedures and 1-2 years for hi-definition body contouring procedures.
The specific risks and the suitability of this procedure for a given individual can be determined only at the time of consultation with your surgeon. Minor complications that do not affect the outcome occur occasionally. Major complications are rare.