Liposuction, liposculpture, or simply lipo, is the removal of fat by a suction technique in an attempt to change the shape and contour of the body. The procedure targets a variety of body areas that are diet and exercise resistant (such as the abdomen). The goal is the reshaping and sculpturing of the treated areas – it is not an alternative to weight loss.
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty involves the removal of excess skin and fat from the middle and lower abdomen, as well as the tightening of muscles in the abdominal wall – creating a profile that is flatter, smoother and firmer. This procedure is usually sought by patients with loose or sagging tissues after pregnancy or major weight loss.
An arm lift, also known as a brachioplasty, is the remodelling of the underside of the upper arm between the elbow and the armpit. Sagging skin and excess fat deposits are removed and underlying tissue is tightened to contour the arm, smooth the skin and leave a more toned appearance.
This procedure is used if liposuction of the area cannot achieve the desired amount of skin remodelling.
Thigh lift surgery is performed to reshape the thighs. Sagging skin and excess fat deposits are removed to give the patient smoother skin and better-proportioned contours of the thighs and lower body.
The procedure is commonly done in patients after massive weight loss following a diet or bariatric surgery.
Fat grafting or fat transfer is a surgical procedure that involves the harvesting of fat cells from one part of the body and injecting it into another area of the body. The purpose is to permanently augment and increase the volume in areas such as the face, breasts, hands and depressions in the skin.
Surgery is the most common treatment for skin cancer. Depending on the type and size of skin cancer, the procedure will be performed under local or general anaesthesia. The tissue is examined by a pathologist to ensure that the cancer has been completely removed. Further surgery will be required if the removal of the cancer was incomplete. For large skin cancers, a skin flap or skin graft may be used to cover the wound.