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Normal weight people with firm, elastic skin who have pockets of excess fat in certain areas of their bodies are considered the best candidates for liposuction. Older patients with loss of skin elasticity may undergo liposuction, but they will not achieve the results of a patient with younger, tighter skin. Liposuction should not be considered an alternative to dieting and exercise, but rather an option to remove fatty areas that do not respond to traditional methods of weight loss.


The plastic surgeon performs liposuction by using a narrow tube that draws fat out of the body, leaving the treated area free of fat forever, as the body does not regenerate new fat cells. The surgeon takes care to place incisions as inconspicuously as possible.


New refinements in the liposuction procedure help plastic surgeons give ideal candidates more precise results and faster recovery. Occasionally, a combination of liposuction and tummy tuck is warranted to yield the most appealing results.