Popular Areas for Liposuction

October 25, 2013 — by Stephen Hardy M.D.
Tags: Liposuction Plastic Surgery

Missoula LiposuctionEvery year, over 300,000 people benefit from liposuction surgery in the United States. Whether they are looking to even out their thighs or achieve better defined arms, more and more patients are turning to liposuction as a way to achieve the body contours they’ve always wanted. While we value every patient’s unique goals and needs, there are some popular areas of the body in which liposuction is a particularly common treatment.

Where Is Liposuction Commonly Performed?

Liposuction may be performed on virtually any area where fat tends to accumulate, and where a patient has healthy, relatively tight skin. At our Missoula practice, many patients request liposuction in an area of their body where a stubborn accumulation of fat simply won’t go away, even after a diet and exercise regimen. Generally, there are four different regions of the body where a plastic surgeon may perform a liposuction.

  • The face, chin, and neck: Pockets of fat may be present in the chin, cheek, or jawline, hiding the lower face’s natural contours. Liposuction may be a suitable treatment for patients looking to remove excess fat in this area, although patients with excess skin may be better suited for a facelift.
  • The upper body: Flabby triceps and upper arms cause many patients to turn to liposuction. Similarly, men and women can benefit from a breast reduction surgery through liposuction, removing significant excess fat. 
  • The abdominal area: As one of the most common liposuction areas, the abdomen is a notorious area for accumulating extra fat. Patients can reduce a sagging stomach or love handles through this procedure, which is often coupled with a tummy tuck to tighten the skin.
  • The lower body: The buttocks and thighs are a popular area that patients would like to re-sculpt, especially for trimming uneven fat deposits and giving the area a smoother appearance.

Popular Areas for Women

A majority of liposuction patients are women looking to improve the curvature of their bodies. Genetics, pregnancy, and age can keep certain parts from complementing the rest of your body; with liposuction, women often to improve their look in the following areas:

  • Lower face (i.e., chin, cheeks, neck)
  • Upper arms
  • Breasts
  • Abdomen and hips
  • Lower back
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Knees

Popular Areas for Men

Although women may be thought of as the typical liposuction patient, men account for up to 25 percent of procedures. Furthermore, most men opt for a select few areas of liposuction, making the following regions very popular: 

  • Lower face (i.e., chin, cheeks, neck)
  • Breasts and chest
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks

Liposuction Techniques

We offer liposuction techniques that have an array of advantages over traditional liposuction. After consulting with Dr. Hardy or our staff on which procedure is right for you, our technology can produce superior results and ease of recovery.

  • Tumescent liposuction utilizes a liquid solution of anesthesia and epinephrine, which enlarges fat cells for an easier and more comfortable operation. Tumescent liposuction also reduces blood loss significantly and allows for an easier overall recovery period.
  • Laser assisted liposuction uses a laser to target fat cells beneath the skin, breaking them up and assisting in their removal. This method helps reduce bruising, swelling, and discomfort following surgery.

Learn More via Consultation

Liposuction can be a satisfying experience, helping you remove those stubborn pockets of fat that seemed otherwise impossible. Through a consultation with our highly qualified team, you can learn which method of liposuction - or other body contouring treatment - will yield the best results for you. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

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