liposuctionDescription: Liposuction is a procedure that removes fatty tissue from your problem areas, particularly where exercise isn't effective. The most popular sites are the thighs and tummy, but lipo can also be used on the buttocks, hips, upper arms, chest, chin, jawline and neck.

How it's done: Three methods of liposuction exist. Although all forms of liposuction add local anesthetic to the injected solution, most liposuction procedures are performed under general anesthesia. Smaller areas can be done with intravenous sedation.
• In tumescent lipo, your doctor makes a small incision in a body fold or hard-to-see area, then inserts a thin tube that breaks down and suctions out fatty tissue.
• Ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL) uses sound waves to dislodge fat cells before removing them. This process reduces blood loss and bruising. It's most effective in areas where the tissue is fibrous, such as the male breast.
• Power-assisted liposuction uses special equipment to give the suction device the power necessary to remove fat, rather than using the physician's personal force and energy.

Complications: A rippled effect can occur if too much fat tissue is removed. Major complications are unusual, although infections and blood loss can occur. Because a small layer of fat must be left, these fat cells can engorge with fat and multiply if the patient doesn't continue to exercise and maintain a healthy diet, or if the treated area is an exercise-resistant fat.

Recovery: Five to seven days.

Cost: $1,500 to $10,000, depending on the areas being treated.

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