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.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Obesity|
|Subtitle of host publication||Clinical Applications, Third Edition|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2008|