Liposuction and obesity

Luigi Fontana, Samuel Klein

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Liposuction, also known as lipoplasty, liposculpture, and suction-assisted lipectomy, is a surgical procedure used to remove subcutaneous fat from specific body sites by using a suction vacuum. The procedure is most commonly performed on the buttocks, hips, thighs, and abdomen but is also frequently used to remove fat from under the chin, neck, breasts, knees, upper arms, calves, and ankles. Liposuction is the most common cosmetic surgical pro- cedure performed in the United States. It is estimated that more than 400,000 persons undergo liposuction every year (1). Advances in liposuction technology now make it possible to remove considerable amounts of subcutaneous fat; in obese subjects, aspiration of 14 kg of fat has been safely performed (2). The purpose of this chapter is to review the potential use of liposuction as a tool for treating obesity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Obesity
Subtitle of host publicationClinical Applications, Third Edition
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781420051452
ISBN (Print)9781420051445
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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