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 4/14/2015
Updated by: Hebe Molmenti, MD, PhD, private practice specializing in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.