Liposuction has been around for a very long time and is considered the world’s most popular cosmetic surgery. So most people are already aware that liposuction treatment is performed to get rid of fatty tissue pockets on the body.
What may be lesser known is how truly versatile this minimally invasive procedure actually is, and that it can be applied in a number of different places all over the body where fat tends to accumulate. In fact, the only place on the body that liposuction is not considered suitable for is in the eye area.
Let’s first look at five of the most popular areas patients choose to treat with liposuction. These are also the areas in which liposuction is the most effective and has had the greatest success.
Liposuction for the Abdomen
Liposuction can be performed on both the upper and lower abdomen, and this is the most commonly requested area for treatment with liposuction. Liposuction on the lower part of the stomach area can eliminate a ‘belly pooch’, which is an accumulation of fatty tissue and can be seen even on individuals who don’t appear to be storing fat anywhere else.
Liposuction for the Waist and Flanks (sides)
Both men and women can suffer from excess fat at the waist and around the flank area. When it’s on a man the excess is referred to as ‘love handles’, while women generally call it ‘muffin top’. Regardless of what you choose to call it, it can be a cause of embarrassment and frustration for those who have it. Liposuction is highly effective in reducing the appearance of excess fat on the flanks and around the waist.
Liposuction for Inner and Outer Thighs
Especially for women, fatty pockets can be a real problem in the thigh area. Some are looking to create a ‘thigh gap’, where the inner thighs no longer touch when you stand up straight. The more common complaint is about ‘saddlebags’, pockets of fatty tissue that accumulate in the upper portion of the outer thigh.
Liposuction for Upper Arms
Many women are affected by fatty deposits in the upper arms, resulting in ‘bat wings’ that can be totally resistant to any form of diet or exercise, including lifting weights. For these women, liposuction is frequently their best and most effective option.
Liposuction for Gynecomastia (male breasts)
Usually caused by an imbalance in hormones, gynecomastia causes fatty deposits to develop in a man’s breast tissue. It’s not considered a serious medical issue, but it often causes a man to be extremely self-conscious, embarrassed or humiliated. For the men who are dealing with gynecomastia, liposuction is really the only effective solution.
Liposuction for Other Areas of the Body
In addition to those five most popular body areas for liposuction treatment, there are actually a few other, lesser known areas that can also benefit from liposuction procedures. These include:
- Back – liposuction can eliminate back fat, sometimes called ‘bra fat’ in women.
- Buffalo hump – an unsightly fatty deposit in the upper back and neck area
- Double chin – excessive fat in the chin area
- Hips and buttocks – liposuction can help shape and define the lower torso
- Lower legs – liposuction can be used on the deep fat located in calves and ankles
If you’re thinking about liposuction treatment as a solution for one or more body areas you’re having issues with, contact us and we’ll be happy to set up an initial consultation for you and answer any questions you may have.