Liposuction Meaning

Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, suction lipectomy or simply lipo, is one of the most popular cosmetic surgical procedures in the world. Liposuction can be used on many areas of the body to slim and reshape areas by removing excess fat deposits, resulting in improved body contours and proportion. Most commonly, liposuction is used to treat the abdomen, thighs, buttocks, neck, chin, upper arms, calves and back.

During liposuction in Gainesville, unwanted fat is removed through a hollow instrument called a cannula which is inserted under the skin. A powerful, high-pressure vacuum is applied to the cannula. This process breaks up and sucks out the fat. Liposuction is performed through tiny incisions, therefore resulting in tiny scars.

Modern liposuction is almost always performed using a tumescent technique. Tumescent means filled with fluid, so tumescent liposuction involves first putting a large amount of fluid into the treatment area. This fluid contains a dilute anesthetic, to nearly eliminate post-operative discomfort as well as epinephrine to help manage bleeding.

Liposuction can be performed as a single treatment or can be combined with another cosmetic procedure such as a tummy tuck or breast surgery.

To ensure the best liposuction experience possible, it is important that patients have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. Candidates must understand that liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Patients should remember that this treatment is designed to remove small, localized fat deposits of about ten pounds or less. During your consultation, Dr. Allison will listen closely as you describe your goals and then recommend the procedure or combination of procedures to help you achieve the results you want.

If stubborn fat deposits are making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, liposuction might be right for you. To find out if you are a candidate for liposuction, contact Dr. David W. Allison at 703-754-8228 or