Liposuction is not a practical solution to weight loss - risks of invasive plastic surgery

Liposuction procedure
Liposuction procedure

Some people mistakenly believe that liposuction, a surgical procedure that removes fat from various areas of the human body can be a practical solution to weight loss.

It is not.

Liposuction is a medical procedure which surgically removes fat from specific areas of the body; usually involving the abdomen, hips, buttocks or thighs. Liposuction procedures are generally reserved for areas of the body where the fat is resistant to traditional weight loss with diet and exercise.

Unlike typical weight loss which causes a reduction in the size of fat cells, liposuction surgically removes fat cells entirely. The surgical correction is usually permanent as long as the person's weight remains stable.

The risks associated with the liposuction procedure are similar to the risks that accompany any surgical procedure. These include anesthesia complications and infections. Other complications more specific to the liposuction procedure include contour irregularities, a fat embolism (clot which can clog important arteries in the lung or brain) and kidney problems associated with the shifting of bodily fluids during the procedure.

Liposuction is generally done by a plastic surgeon. The procedure is also used for breast reduction, and contouring areas of the back, under arms, chin and neck. Liposuction does not lower the risk of cardio-vascular diseases.