Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, liposuction is the surgical removal of localized or regional excess fatty tissue. There are three variations to this procedure.
- Traditional liposuction - defined as surgical suctioning of excess fat deposits.
- The tumescent or super-wet technique that requires an infusion of saline solution with added adrenaline and possibly anesthetic prior to removal of excess fat.
- Ultrasound - assisted lipoplasty or UAL, where ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy excess fat prior to surgical suctioning.