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- Liposuction, or lipo removes fat.
- Can be done in the office under local for small areas such as the chin.
- Is performed in a hospital or surgery center for larger or multiple areas under a general or twilight anesthesia.
- The fat that is removed can be transferred to another area as in a Brazilian Buttlift. (See fat grafting.)
- Once removed, the fat cells do not return or grow back. If you gain weight you will notice more gain than prior to the surgery in untreated areas.
- Not all fat cells are removed, some are necessary for a smooth appearance of the skin.
- Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgery in the United States at 250,565 in 2015, and 1,394,588 worldwide.
- Cellulite is not improved by liposuction.
- Small scars, approximately 0.5 inches.
- Local anesthesia is always injected during liposuction.
- There is a limit to the amount of fat that can be removed safely.
- Was first performed in 1929 in France, but became popular in the 1970s and 80s.
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