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If you eat well and exercise regularly, but still feel like certain parts of your figure are out of proportion, you may be a candidate for liposuction. Liposuction is a surgical method of slimming and reshaping areas of the body by removing excess fat.  Liposuction can help contour and shape your figure into a more proportional version of yourself. Here is what you need to know about liposuction:

Modern Liposuction is Safe

Utilizing modern techniques, liposuction involves first placing a liquid called “tumescent” into the area to be treated. The fluid contains medicine to numb the tissue, as well as to minimize bleeding. This fluid is then suctioned out, and the fat cells follow.  With most liposuction procedures you spend a relatively short time under anesthesia, resulting in minimal scarring and down-time. Most people return to work a few days later and notice a nice improvement in their shape in the weeks to follow.

Liposuction is not a treatment for obesity

The ideal candidate for liposuction is a person at or close to their ideal body weight, with a particular “problem area” such as the thighs or the belly. If your Body Mass Index, which is calculated as your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters [Weight (Kg)/Height (M²)] is less than 30, liposuction is more likely to produce a good result and have fewer complications.

The removed fat can be transferred to other parts of the body if desired

Fat grafting involves cleansing the suctioned fat and placing it in small amounts in other parts of the body where volume has been lost, such as the face, the breasts or the hands. Recycling fat from an unwanted location to an area of volume loss can be a safe and satisfying way of improving the way you look and feel.

At Duet Plastic Surgery, we are a team of female plastic surgeons with a discreet boutique practice in Palo Alto. We take pride in restoring confidence and helping our patients become the most self-assured versions of themselves.