Are you interested in getting liposuction? You may have read a lot about it, and may have even watched videos of the procedure being performed on other people. But do you know that liposuction has limitations? Many people seek liposuction as an answer to several of their body and health concerns, when the reality is, that it may not be the ideal procedure for every patient.

What is liposuction exactly?

This plastic surgery procedure uses a small surgical tube to remove fat from targeted areas on the body. All of us, no matter how healthy we eat and how focused we are on working out, can have areas on our body that have stubborn fat pockets. These areas of body fat typically don’t respond to even the most focused of workout programs, which can lead to frustration.

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss the amount of treatable body fat that you have and let you know how liposuction can help you to achieve the cosmetic results that you want.

One key point to keep in mind about body fat and liposuction is that the procedure cannot be used as a substitute for healthy weight loss. Liposuction should only be used to remove stubborn fat that won’t respond to exercise.

Types of fat liposuction can target

Broadly speaking, there are two types of fat in the body. Visceral fat is the type of fat that surrounds your organs and cannot be seen. This type of fat can only be addressed with diet and exercise – lifestyle changes can often help you to reduce this type of body fat. Subcutaneous fat is the type of body fat that makes us look larger. This fat can be reduced with diet and exercise, but some may prove to be stubborn. If you are at a healthy weight, you can have this stubborn fat removed with liposuction.

What parts of the body can liposuction be used?

During your consultation with Dr Kumar, you’ll have the opportunity to ask whether the troublesome areas you’re concerned about can be addressed with liposuction. Remember, when asking how to get rid of body fat with liposuction, you need to ensure that you are at a stable and healthy weight. Liposuction cannot be used to reduce fat for weight loss.

The procedure is most often performed on the following areas of the body:

  • Buttocks
  • Love handles
  • Hips
  • Abdomen
  • Chest; particularly relevant for men looking to reduce breast size
  • Inner knees
  • Inner and outer thighs
  • Upper arms

Liposuction can also be used along the neckline and in the areas beneath the chin. It is often incorporated with other types of plastic surgery, to ensure the best results. It may be done at the same time as an arm lift, breast reduction, tummy tuck and even a facelift. Be sure to discuss your options with Dr Kumar during your consultation so that you can make the best decisions to help you meet your aesthetic goals.