The most common areas where liposuction is performed are listed below along with some descriptive information about the technique used in each area. Liposuction is about creating proportionate, healthy bodies with curves in all of the right places. It takes years of experience, technical skill and artistic talent in order to obtain consistently well-proportioned, beautiful results.
Outer Thighs – Also known as “saddle bags”, the outer thighs are one of the most common problem areas in women. This curve is essential to pay attention to during surgery because even small differences in the outer thighs can make a great improvement in a woman’s silhouette. When performed properly, liposuction in this area can give a smooth, gentle curve to the outer legs which can also enhance the shape of the adjacent buttock. The liposuction surgeon must be careful not to be overly aggressive in this area because even though most women desire “reduced” curves, they still want to have a feminine, “curvy” silhouette. Lastly, the outer thigh is a common “tight” spot in women’s clothing such as jeans, pants and skirts. After the procedure, these “tight” spots are improved and oftentimes patients will decrease a size or two in their clothing after surgery.
Inner Thighs – This is a very common area for liposuction in women because most women never want their inner thighs to touch or rub together. A small gap between the inner thighs leads to a slim appearing silhouette of the lower body and it is therefore desired by many women. Some patients only need the upper, inner thighs contoured while others may require contouring of the entire inner thigh down to the medial knee in order to obtain a natural, well proportioned result.
Anterior Thighs – Most commonly this area is blended with the outer and/or inner thighs in order to achieve a well-balanced contour of the legs.
Waist/Flanks – Also known as the “love handles”, the waist is a very common problem area in men. In women, this area can begin to bulge out over the top of jeans or waistband resulting in a “muffin top.” Since this area is often well-defined with good skin elasticity, noticeable reduction in this area can be expected along with a possible decrease in your waist size
Hips – This area lies just below the waist toward the upper, outer area of the buttock. In most women, it gradually transitions into the waist area and it is very important to shape this area properly in order to create a rounder, more well-defined buttock as well as a “curvy” feminine silhouette.
Abdomen – The upper and lower abdomen are usually liposuctioned at the same time in order to achieve smooth blending of the central abdomen. One must also be careful in individuals with poor skin elasticity in this area because poor planning can cause loose, sagging skin. Overall, a very smooth result can be achieved in this area by having a lot of respect for the skin and staying in the deep fatty layer.
Back – The back is a common area for liposuction since the skin in this area is often thick and very forgiving. Many people complain of “back rolls” or “bra rolls” which can be improved through aggressive liposuction in this area.
Upper Arms – The posterior upper arms in women tend to become fuller and flabby overtime. Excess skin or fat of the upper arms can make even the most confident woman feel self-conscious about her appearance in a sleeveless outfit or a swimsuit. In addition, thicker, flabbier arms or associated with the stigmata of aging and obesity in women. By reducing the amount of the fat in this area, the posterior upper arms will more likely stay tighter and more defined as time passes.
Calves / Ankles – This is one of the more challenging areas to do liposuction since the entire length of the lower leg needs to be re-shaped in order to achieve a smooth, continuous contour. In addition, there is little deep fat in this area so the risk of obtaining contour irregularities often outweighs the possible benefits of liposuction in this area.
Buttock – In general, the buttocks should rarely be liposuctioned directly because it can cause them to deflate, drop and/or flatten. To get a better buttock contour, the surrounding areas can be liposuctioned such as the outer thighs, hips and lower back. Oftentimes, the liposuctioned fat can then be purified and re-injected into the buttock in order to lift and reshape the buttock. This procedure is called a Brazilian Butt Lift and more information about this procedure can be found by following this link.
Neck – Fullness of the neck can make someone appear older and overweight whereas liposuction of the neck can often make someone appear much younger and fit. As long as there is minimal looseness of the skin and muscles of the neck, great improvement in neck contour can be achieved with liposuction alone. For men, a strong jawline is the goal of surgery whereas in women the goal is a longer, more elegant neckline. In the majority of patients three small incisions are used to achieve a well contoured, defined neckline. One incision is placed underneath the chin to remove fullness in the middle part of the neck and a second incision is also placed behind each earlobe in order to gain access to the side of the neck. This combined approach is important to achieve a well-blended, dramatic improvement in neck contour.
Chest – As men age, the chest becomes a common area for liposuction because it tends to become fuller and flabbier with a loss of muscle mass and decreased skin tone. If there is true gynecomastia (the chest tissue is a combination of both excess fat and glandular tissue), liposuction may need to be combined with direct excision of the breast tissue in order to be successful. In women, liposuction can sometimes be employed as a means of “scar-less” breast reduction since the breast is commonly made of mostly fatty tissue.
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