Liposuction is typically performed to sculpt the body and reduce unwanted fat from areas such as: hips, buttocks, thighs, abdomen, knees, upper arms, cheeks, chin and neck. There have been many advancements with technology and new types of liposuction have be used with great success. Tumescent liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction are providing quicker recovery times and more pinpoint accuracy. Liposuction surgery time can vary considerably, it depends on the area of your body and the amount of fat being removed, the technique used ( tumescent liposuction / ultrasonic liposuction) and the type of anesthesia. The concept of liposuction is surprisingly simple. Liposuction is a surgical technique that improves the body's contour by removing excess fat from deposits located between the skin and muscle. Liposuction involves the use of a small stainless steel tube, called a cannula (from the Latin word for reed, tube, cane). The cannula is connected to a powerful suction pump and inserted into the fat through small incisions in the skin. Fat removal is accomplished as the suction cannula creates tiny tunnels through the fatty layers. After surgery, these tiny tunnels collapse and thus result in an improved body contour. Laser-assisted liposuction technologies such as SmartLipo, Cool Lipo or Slim Lipo use laser energy to heat your unwanted fat; turning it semi-soft and making it easier to remove via liposuction. Proponents say it is gentler than traditional liposuction, so there will be less bruising and a speedier recovery. Ultrasound assisted liposuction uses sound waves to break down fat cells before they are removed via liposuction. The addition of ultrasound energy allows for a gentler, far less traumatic, fat removal. There are many ultrasound-assisted liposuction systems out there, including UltraSculpt and VASER liposelection. Advocates say ultrasound-assisted liposuction is your best bet for fat on your hips, back or mid-section, not to mention excess breast tissue on men (gynecomastia). Liposuction surgery usually improves contours. In some instances it may be used in a circumferential fashion, thinning an area. Since the healing process is gradual, you should expect to wait at least several months to get an accurate picture of the results of your surgery. The small incisions used for access of the instrument known as a cannula, will fade over a number of months usually becoming barely visible. The results of liposuction surgery are usually long-lasting, but they may be affected by weight gain, aging, pregnancy and lifestyle factors. During the initial consultation, you may be asked to look in a mirror and point out exactly what you would like to see improved. Pictures may be taken of you especially if the areas that will be treated are on your posterior aspect (back, buttock, etc.). This will help your plastic surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved. A determination of the elasticity of the skin will also occur. A discussion concerning your ideal weight and realistic weight will most likely occur. Plans such as future pregnancies, etc. may be discussed. You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history including previous surgeries, past and present medical conditions, allergies and current medications. It is important for you to provide complete information. High blood pressure, thyroid problems, diabetes, etc. should be reviewed as these medical conditions may increase some risks associated with surgery. To learn more about liposuction technology, contact Dr Amy Brandy.