Spanx, tunics, and jackets can camouflage small bulges, but when clothing no longer hides those fleshy prominences, liposuction sounds like a good idea.

There are different terms to describe fat removal from the body. Liposculpture, lipoplasty,lipo-assisted fat removal, and simply lipoall mean the same thing: liposuction.

Although liposuction was introduced in by a French gynaecologist in the 1920s, it wasn’t until the middle of the 1980s that the procedure became popular. Finally doctors could remove fat without a knife by using a small metal tube, called a cannula, and negative pressure suction.

Tiny incisions (around quarter of an inch) allow access to a fatty area. First the cosmetic doctor puts a special hydrating fluid into the area to loosen the fat, discourage bleeding and to encourage smoother contours. Local anaesthetic to numb the area is an important ingredient in that mix.

After enough fluid is injected, the doctor applies the VASER energy through a titanium probe. The VASER energy selectively emulsifies undesired fat pockets. When all is smooth and uniform we insert a cannula and turns on the suction. Smooth, yellow liquid travels down the plastic tubing from the body into a collection canister. The doctor contours and sculpts the area by moving the cannula throughout the fatty bulge from different entry points. Progress is monitored by looking, feeling, pinching, and measuring the amount of fat removed.

How successful is liposuction in reducing unwanted bulges? According to the most recent statistics from the British Association Body Sculpting, VASER liposuction is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the UK.