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Liposuction for Women


Despite a healthy diet and exercise, some people may still have disproportionate body contours due to localized fat deposits. Liposuction slims and reshapes specific areas of the body by removing excess fat deposits, ultimately enhancing self-image. Liposuction techniques may be used to reduce localized fat deposits of the:

  • Thighs
  • Hips and buttocks
  • Abdomen and waist
  • Upper arms
  • Back
  • Inner knee
  • Chest area
  • Cheeks, chin and neck
  • Calves and ankles

Liposuction of Back, Buttocks, & ArmsLiposuction, After

Liposuction of Abdomen & ThighLiposuction, After

Liposuction of ChinLiposuction, After

The Procedure
Liposuction procedures vary depending on the extent of the liposuction, but they are typically performed in a few hours on an outpatient basis. Liposuction is performed through small incisions using a small tube and a suctioning machine. First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube, or cannula, is inserted through the incision to loosen excess fat. The fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.

The Recovery
Once the procedure is complete, patients will most likely have to wear a compression garment over the treated areas. This helps to control swelling and compress the skin to the new body contours. A small tube is left in the incision site to drain any excess fluids. Swelling and some bruising may occur. Keep in mind everyone heals at a different pace. The most important step to recovery is to follow the specific recuperation plan outlined by your Albany Medical Center plastic surgeon.