A combination of a healthy diet and physical exercise can reshape the ideal body you want, but unfortunately there still may be some areas that are resistant to traditional weight loss methods. A lot of people get annoyed by the stubborn pockets of fat that are usually located in typical problem areas. This may cause a negative well-being. Liposuction is the process of removing unwanted fat of common treatment areas like "saddlebags" by using small cannulas introduced through small incisions. This kind of surgery should be not regarded as a method for weight loss, but as a technique for reshaping, forming and harmonising the body proportions.
The fat cells that are removed by liposuction can never return, however, if the patient begins to increase his calorie intake, then remaining fat cells could increase in a disproportionate way.
Typical areas of the body for women that can be treated with liposuction are: buttocks, hips, abdomen, legs, facial/neck fat. For men, liposuction can be used to target: abdomen, hips or "love handles" and breast (see also gynecomastia).
Before the procedure begins a liquid solution (tumescent solution) will be injected into the area being treated to remove the fat more easily. If it is only a small area being treated then local anaesthetic may be used. With bigger areas, it is required to have it done under general anaesthetic.
Once the skin is prepared, a small cut is made in the area to be treated and the fat cells can be suctioned. After the operation, the treated area will be stitched and you need to wear a compression garment for 6 weeks enabling the skin to adjust to the new body shape. This healing process can be supported by applying special creams.