Liposuction is a surgical procedure that actively removes fat from specific areas of the body though a suction process. The goal is a slimmer and shapelier silhouette with less dimpling and bulges.
In tumescent liposuction, a solution of saline, a drug to constrict blood vessels and a numbing agent are infused into the area to be treated. This liquid, along with fat, is suctioned out of the body using small hollow metal cannulas.
In ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL), the cannula releases ultrasonic energy to melt fat so that it can be suctioned out of the body.3 UAL has more risks than tumescent liposuction, including the risk of internal and external burns and a lengthier surgery.
Liposuction is of the most benefit to patients who are at or near their ideal weight (within 30%), but still, have disproportionate localized deposits of fat that exercise and dieting are not reducing. Schedule an initial evaluation with Dr Hirschfeld to determine if you are a good candidate for a liposuction procedure.