Similarly to Vaser liposuction, traditional liposuction is not generally intended for those who wish to lose weight. It’s for people in overall good health who maintain a steady weight close to their ideal weight, but no matter how much they diet or exercise, cannot remove targeted areas of fatty deposits. The most common places for people to get liposuction is the belly, thighs, neck and chin, but it is also performed on the calves, arms, hips and back, or generally any other body part where it’s deemed necessary.

As the name suggests, liposuction is the process in which fat is sucked out of the body using a tube. This is done after the fat is loosened up enough to be done effectively. It is most commonly done under general anaesthesia, but can also be done under local anaesthesia or sedation, or solely local anaesthesia if deemed safe enough.

As has been previously stated, with any surgery there are risks that must be taken into account before deciding. Liposuction holds the same risks as any surgery involving anaesthesia, including but not limited to a reaction to the medicine, infection, and bleeding. Sub-dermal bleeding is another risk, as well as localized numbness, skin discolouration, skin puckering or sagging, and in the worst case scenario, an embolism could occur. An embolism is where a chunk of tissue breaks off and enters the bloodstream and either travels to an organ or stays put where it entered. In either case, it can cause a blockage and is a very serious side effect that requires immediate action.

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