Not all fat is the same. The fat that liposuction can remove is external fat. The fat that liposuction can’t remove is called visceral fat, or any other type of fat that hides internally in the body.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that permanently removes fat cells, or adipocytes. The fat is generally removed by mechanical breakdown and suction, or by ultrasonic energy and then suction, or by laser energy and suction. The big “IF” is this- the fat that is undergoing liposuction must be accessible.
Fat can collect in your internal organs, such as in your liver, in your intestines, and generally in your abdominal cavity. This type of fat is called visceral fat. In a person with visceral fat, you can pinch their outside and actually not pinch that much fat or soft tissue. However, that person may still have fat in the interior abdominal cavity. This is why such a person may appear to have a large belly or abdomen, yet not actually have that much soft tissue externally.
Liposuction is done through tiny incisions made on the skin surface, and usually in hidden skin folds, such as the belly button or other skin creases of the body. Regardless of technology, the fat must be accessible and external. If the liposuction equipment can’t access the fat, then liposuction is difficult to impossible.
Pinching yourself may help you decide if you’re a candidate for liposuction, but you may also have to visit a plastic surgeon for a formal consultation to determine if liposuction is right for you.
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