A special machine and tools are used. The person will be given medicine and fall asleep. The surgeon will then push small suction tools through the skin into the fat pockets. The tools will break up the fat and suck it out. Small tubes may be placed in the area to help drain fluids for the first few days after the surgery.
Update Date 5/15/2013
Updated by: David A. Lickstein, MD, FACS, specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.