Why Do People Get Liposuction?

Liposuction (also called lipoplasty and suction lipectomy) is a large and growing business. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans undergo this procedure. For twelve out of the last thirteen years, lipoplasty has topped the charts as the most popular cosmetic surgery in America. Even last year, when the procedure had a recession caused dip in popularity, nearly 350,000 people underwent the cosmetic procedure.

The surgery uses suction to surgically remove excess and unwanted fat from specific target areas on a person's body. During the surgery, the doctor numbs the target area and makes one or a few small incisions. The doctor performs the surgery through these incisions using a small tool called a cannula. A cannula is essentially a thin, hollow needle which can be hooked up to a vacuum device. By moving the needle back and forth in the patient's body, the doctor can break up and suction out the unwanted fat.

People tend to have very individual reasons for why they get the surgery. Some women get it because they're tired of carrying the excess weight that they have been carrying since their last baby. Some men get it because they're tired of having beer bellies and love handles. Some women get it because they have excessively large, heavy breasts that either cause them physical pain or that monopolize people's attention. Some men and women get the surgery in order to smooth out their faces and jawlines.

Some women get the surgery to try to reduce the size of their arms, making it easier for them to wear short sleeved or sleeveless shirts. Some men get a variant of the surgery called abdominal etching in an attempt to get six pack abs. Some women get the surgery to decrease the size of their thighs or buttocks.

Beyond these physical reasons, people have a variety of emotional reasons they undergo the procedure. Some work in professions that demand a high level of physical perfection, and they feel that the procedure will increase their career possibilities. Some feel that the procedure will help them to attract a boy or girlfriend. Some simply want it for themselves.

People should be careful in what they expect out of their surgery, especially in their emotional desires. Although liposuction definitely has its place, it cannot instantly or perfectly fix self-image issues or make your life perfect. Similarly, people should have realistic physical goals for their procedure.

One good rule of thumb to remember is that the procedure can typically improve one's physical appearance, but that it cannot typically provide perfection.

Frequently Asked Questions

    has anyone had any experience with liposuction particularly of the love handle area?
    were you happy with your results? what are the positives or negatives?

    • ANSWER:
      Liposuction is very safe nowadays. My cousin got her breast reduction, tummy tuck and facelift surgery in India by the company called Tour2india4health Consultants .The Price for the surgery she paid in India was very less. She paid 30% of the cost she was quoted in America.

      Tour2india4health Consultants is very famous in India. They arrange cosmetic and plastic surgery for foreigners in India. I read a lot about them in the Newspapers and about their patient stories. They arrange financing for USA, Canadian, UK and other international patients who plan to have surgery abroad for low price, as the breast reduction, tummy tuck, facelift and other cosmetic surgery is not covered by insurance. They also have photos pasted of their International patients. You can checkout their website. There are huge cost savings. As a doctor I personally believe that surgery can be easily handled in India, as the quality of healthcare available In India is simply best in the world. The surgeons are USA/UK trained and facilities are 5 star.

      How much would liposuction on the love handles and lower stomach be if I do not have much fat in either area?
      I am not over weight, I just have an odd shaped stomach. I want liposuction on my love handles and lower stomach and was curious as to how much it would cost. Would it be less expensive because I am smaller then the average liposuction candidate? How many of you who have had lipo are satisfied with your results? How long was it to heal? Can I still exersize regularly? Thank you!

      • ANSWER:
        It's perfectly fine that you don't have a lot of excess fat. In fact, liposuction is intended for people who are at their desired weight and are just struggling to get rid of those stubborn areas. On average, liposuction costs about 00, but that's for standard tumescent liposuction. If you don't have a large area to treat, the cost will go down. You can also look into alternative methods like LipoSelection and SmartLipo, which are both advanced treatments that require less recovery time. You can get back to exercising much quicker with these. Plus, they don't cost as much. I found some great information on traditional liposuction and other treatment options, so feel free to check it out. If you don't find the information you're looking for there, I suggest contacting a trained plastic surgeon and discussing it with them. They can give you a proper cost estimate and give you all the details about the results and the recovery period.
      love handles>>>should i go for a liposuction?
      iam 25 yo girl, 132 lbs 5.6feet, i am curvy everywhere in my body, but am comfortable with this, am on a diet now intending to lose 20lbs, the problem is:
      whatever i do, and i lose weight i ended up fitting and tunning everywhere, but still stuck with my small love handles, so should i go for a liposuction, or small love handles is not as disgusting as i think?
      pleaaaaaaaaase help

      • ANSWER:
      Liposuction for love handles?
      I am 5"4, 26 female and weigh 156 lbs. I have struggled with my weight and fluctuate 30 lbs. All of my weight is in my middle, specifically my love handles. Even when I was at my lowest weight, 2 years ago (125 lbs), I still had them. I am extermely self-cauntious of them and want them gone! My self confidence suffers because of it. I know it is shallow but I can't help it.

      Has anyone had any experience with liposuction for this problem? I would love to know your story, if it worked, the scars, etc.

      Thanks !

      • ANSWER:
        Go ahead and have the expensive surgery. You're not going to make them go away forever though; your lifestyle is the reason why you are fat around your middle, and without a lifestyle change, you will just put the weight right back on.

        Stop "going on diets." Focus on changing your entire lifestyle. Eating healthy and exercise is not something you do to temporarily drop a few pounds; it's a way of life.

      Liposuction of the love handles?? please help!?
      about how much is the average cost of liposuction of lovehandles if the love handles aren't too big and would be a simple procedure?.. i live in newyork so idk if that affects price? and has anyone every gotten this procedure and what was the experience like? thank you sooo much

      • ANSWER:
        I don't know the cost, but I do know the possible effects. My mom & friend had this done:

        You have major pain, swelling, and bruising for a couple weeks, and you have to wear a girdle, too.

        If you don't maintain your weight, the fat cells you do have left still get fat. However, this time there is a weird pattern of where the fat cells have been taken away, so you get a lot of weird bulges and ripples in your skin.

        Your best bet is to do diet and exercise to lose allover body fat and become a healthy role model for your (future?) children and grandchildren.