Liposuction Terms

Body Contouring - Body contouring is shaping, molding, or changing areas of the body through cosmetic surgery in order to achieve a desired bodily shape. The most common ways individuals achieve body contouring is through liposuction or a tummy tuck.

Cannula - Instrument that is hand held by liposuction surgeons to remove fat during the surgical procedure. The liposuction surgeon moves the cannula inside the patient in order to suck out the fat.

Cellulite - Cellulite is loose fat that has escaped the normal fat matrix in the body and have floated to the surface causing an appearance of dimpling or wrinkling in the skin.

Cellulite Removal - Liposuction does not remove cellulite, it simply removes the fat surrounding the cellulite. Some instances of liposuction will give a lesser appearance of cellulite, but the cellulite has not been removed.

Cellulite Treatment - There are various forms of cellulite treatment for individuals who have wish to diminish or smooth out the appearance of cellulite on an area of their body. Liposuction may or may not help smooth out the appearance of cellulite on a particular area of the body.

Cosmetic Surgery - Cosmetic surgery is a branch of plastic surgery intended to aesthetically enhance individuals. Liposuction is considered a cosmetic surgery procedure, but research is being conducted on the benefits of high volume liposuction for obese and overweight individuals.

Large Volume Liposuction - Liposuction that removes a large volume or weight, normally consisting of 10 liters of fat or more.

Lipo - Lipo is the commonly used shortened term for liposuction or lipoplasty.

Lipoplasty - Another term for liposuction.

Liposuction - Liposuction is the cosmetic plastic surgical procedure to remove pockets of fat that has not responded to diet and exercise. Liposuction was not intended as a means for weight loss.

Liposuction Cost - The cost of a liposuction procedure. On average, the liposuction cost per area in the U.S. is $2,000, so most liposuction costs are between $5,000-$10,000.

Liposuction Doctor - There are many doctors that claim they can perform a liposuction, but not choosing a qualified and knowledgeable liposuction doctor will put the patient at risk for serious conditions including death. To contact a liposuction doctor click here.

Surgical complication - Every surgical procedure has risks involved, including liposuction. A surgical complication can arise during and/or during the liposuction with short-term or permanent results. Some liposuction patients carry a higher risk for surgical complication, but our liposuction doctors will thoroughly examine and review each and every patient to ensure the highest level of care is administered and surgical complications avoided.

Tumescent Liposuction - Viewed as the safest and most effective form of liposuction, this liposuction technique injects the areas to be treated with a large amount of anesthetic liquid that causes the compartments of fat to become firm and swollen. This injection can allow the liposuction to remove the fat beneath the skin more smoothly. The tumescent liposuction technique also minimizes bleeding.

Tumescent Liposuction Solution and Method - This is a formula containing sterile dilute salt water, adrenaline, and anesthetic liquid developed for liposuction. This tumescent liposuction solution is injected into the area that will be treated.

Tummy Tuck - A surgical procedure that involves cutting and drawing the skin together of the stomach, involving skin, fat, and sometimes muscle.

Ultrasonic Liposuction - A form of liposuction that has high frequency vibrations that are created by an ultrasound generator that shakes a liposuction cannula. The vibrating cannula tip can shakes fat cells from their attachments and break fat cells that release fat so they are sucked up.

Vacuum - The vacuum allows the fat cells to be sucked up into the tip of the cannula during a liposuction procedure.

Wet Method Liposuction - This type of liposuction technique replaced the dry method liposuction by utilizing fluids that are pumped into the tissues that will be surgically operated on. The wet method liposuction does differ form the tumescent method because the targeted fat is not filled with as much fluid.

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