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Dear Dr. Togba,

Q.  A friend recently had liposuction to reduce her saddlebags and she looks great! I would like to have liposuction on several areas of my body. Which body areas can be reduced?

A. Liposuction is popular because it’s the proven solution for removal of fat from nearly any body area. The basic "tumescent" procedure is used for all body sculpting. The ultrasonic technique is commonly used in conjunction with the tumescent procedure in areas where tissue is more fibrotic. Women generally want liposuction on their hips, thighs, abdomen, and "saddlebag "area. Men generally want their "spare tire" removed-an area that is ideally suited for ultrasonic liposuction. Men should also know that the ultrasonic liposuction technique has revolutionized the treatment of gynecomastia(enlarged male breasts). Ultrasonic techniques were invented for, and are very effective at removing fat from the upper- and mid-back. Other less common areas that can also be reduced include knees and ankles. Because of its visibility, the neck is a common small area for liposuction. Very little postoperative pain combined with a quick recovery time have made this a popular area for young people.

Dr. T