Liposuction is a surgical procedure utilizing suction to remove selected fat deposits from a patient’s body. In the traditional form of liposuction, a physician uses a a narrow stainless steel tube, called a cannula, connected to a medical-grade suctioning system (called an aspirator) to suction out fat deposits. The cannula is inserted into a patient through small incisions made by a surgeon and moved until the physician locates the fat deposit targeted for removal.
In tumescent liposuction, a physician numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic and injects a larger dose of anesthetic solution into the targeted fat deposit prior to performing the procedure. Tumescent liposuction patients may not require general anesthesia.
Liposuction system parts
Every kind of liposuction uses a cannula, the tool most commonly associated with liposuction.
Cannulas vary in size but are generally between 26 and 36 cm (10.2 and 14.2 inches) long and 1.4 and 5 mm (0.06 and 0.2 inches) wide. Cannulas have is a large selection of varying tips. The tip used depends on the part of the body the surgeon will be working on.
In tumescent liposuction, an infusion system is used to inject an anesthetic solution into a targeted fat deposit. The infusion system includes either a large blunt syringe or a cannula with a blunt tip and multiple holes at the free end to inject an anesthetic solution made by combining saline (sterile salt water), epinephrine (which narrows blood vessels) and lidocaine (an anesthetic). The anesthetic solution can be injected manually or with a pump. A wide selection of infusion systems are available.
There are many kinds of aspiration systems or devices in many sizes. Some are small enough to fit on a desk and can be easily transported while others are large, designed for heavy use, and require wheels for transport. Aspirators typically have tubes connecting them to cannula, and often have reservoirs or containers used for storing fat.
The aspiration device itself is an adjustable, electric vacuum pump with varying levels of suction.
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