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Liposuction Glossary

Getting familiar with commonly used liposuction-related words and terms is useful. It will help in your discussion with the surgeon and also in getting a better understanding of the procedure. We have put together a liposuction glossary with frequently used words to help you.

  • Anesthesia: A partial or total loss of feeling or sensation, especially pain. Surgeons inject a local anesthetic to a single area which is being treated or a general anesthetic that puts the patient to sleep.

  • Breast reduction: Reducing breast size by surgery - also known as reduction mammaplasty.

  • Cannula: A thin, hollow tube used during liposuction to loosen excess fat. Cannulas come in a variety of different sizes, but those used in minimally-invasive liposuction are only a few millimeters in diameter.

  • Edema: This refers to swelling caused by fluid build up.

  • Emulsify: Turn into liquid form; In laser liposuction, for instance, laser energy melts the fat and turns it into liquid to facilitate easy removal.

  • Facelift: Also known as rhytidectomy, this surgical procedure reduces sagging in the cheeks, jowls and neck. It typically involves removal of excess fat and tightening of the skin and muscles.

  • Fat Transfer: A procedure that involves injecting fat removed through liposuction to improve the size and shape of other areas of the body.

  • General anesthesia: Drugs and/or gases used during an operation to relieve pain and alter consciousness.

  • Hematoma: Pooling of blood beneath the skin.

  • Intravenous sedation: Sedatives administered by injection into a vein to help patients relax.

  • Liposuction: Also called lipoplasty or suction lipectomy, this procedure trims the body by removing excess fat deposits, and improves body contours and proportion.

  • Lipoplasty: Another term for liposuction.

  • Liposculpture: An alternate term for liposuction.

  • Laser liposuction: Procedure that uses light from a laser to melt and remove unwanted fat and reshape the body.

  • Local anesthesia: A drug is injected directly to the site of an incision during an operation to relieve pain.

  • Nasolabial folds: Deep creases between the nose and mouth.

  • Sedative: Medication that helps patients stay relaxed during their procedure.

  • Seroma: Pooling of fluid at the liposuction site.

  • Suction lipectomy: Another term for liposuction.

  • Sutures: Stitches made to close an incision and hold skin and tissue together.

  • Tumescent liposuction: This procedure involves the injection of a large volume of saline solution with adrenaline and possibly anesthetic before the removal of excess fat.

  • Tummy tuck: Also known as abdominoplasty, this is surgical procedure to remove excess fat and skin and tighten muscles to create a flatter, firmer abdomen.

  • UAL: Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to break up and loosen fat cells for easy removal.

  • Ultrasound: Diagnostic procedure that projects high-frequency sound waves into the body and changes the echoes into pictures.

  • Ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty: Also known as ultrasonic liposuction, this procedure uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy excess before it is surgically suctioned off.
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