Liposuction, which is often used along with other plastic/cosmetic surgery procedures, removes pockets of fat from troublesome areas such as the thighs, hips, stomach, love handles and upper arms. A tool called a cannula is used to remove fat cells in varying amounts. Liposuction was first performed in 1974 and its used marked a significant over previously used surgical body contouring techniques. There have been many advances in liposuction procedures over the last few decades, making it one of the safest and most popular body contouring surgeries in the world.
Liposuction procedures, costs and recovery times vary depending on the area being addressed and what other procedures are being combined.