Liposuction is the most efficient fat reduction procedure there is and also one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. Liposuction can remove all excess fat in treatment areas in a single procedure. Liposuction is not as invasive as people might think, it is often performed as an outpatient surgery. However, it is still an operation performed under general anesthesia with a mandatory resting period. Postoperative discomfort and pain are moderate, but swelling and bruising are usually visible during a few weeks following surgery. Compressive garments are also an essential component of the recovery process.
Minimally invasive liposuction
This type of liposuction is a relatively common procedure performed with local anesthesia. It is still surgery, but far less invasive than standard liposuction since it targets smaller areas with lower amounts of fat, often in staged procedures.
Minimally invasive liposuction is usually viable when it comes to removing small amounts of fat in localized areas. While touch up procedures may be necessary to achieve a satisfying result, recovering from a minimally invasive liposuction is much easier and quicker.
Cellulite is more of a skin issue than a fat issue, it causes irregularities at the surface of the skin. Cellulite can appear with no excess fat. Cellulite cannot be treated with liposuction or fat reduction procedures. This problem can be addressed with palpate roll techniques, which will reduce superficial fibrous septae and smooth out the skin. These are gentle techniques requiring several sessions. Endermology is the most popular technique, which is performed by physiotherapists and trained estheticians. Newer medical and surgical techniques are being studied to treat this issue more efficiently.