A procedure introduced in the United States in 1982, liposuction can remove localized collections of fatty tissue in many areas of the body. By using a high vacuum device, fat can be suctioned from the legs, buttocks, hips, abdomen, back, arms, face, and neck.

The popularity of liposuction is due to the effectiveness of the technique (in the hands of a qualified surgeon) and the fact that it leaves only tiny scars, often less than one-half inch in length.

Liposuction is neither a substitute for proper diet and exercise nor a cure for obesity. To get the most from this procedure, you should be of average weight with extra fact localized in specific areas. It is also important that you have healthy, elastic skin with the capacity to shrink evenly after surgery. Since liposuction removes only fat, it cannot eliminate dimpling or correct skin laxity.

The tumescent technique, superficial liposculpture, ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) or other variations of conventional liposuction may be recommended, depending upon your specific needs and the preferred methods of treatment.

If your skin has lost much of its elasticity, Dr. Nigro may recommend a skin tightening procedure (abdominoplasty, thigh lift, buttock lift, or arm lift). These procedures are effective but leave more extensive scars.

Following surgery, you will wear a snug dressing or garment, possibly up to several weeks, to promote skin shrinkage and to minimize swelling and skin discoloration. If you have had surgery below the waist, you may be advised to wear a long-legged girdle for a few weeks as you resume your normal activities.