Liposuction. Image 1 of 11. Patient's buttocks and thighs during a liposuction operation to remove fat from the tops of her thighs. Markings drawn on the skin act as guidelines for the cosmetic surgeon. A small incision is made (one seen at centre left), near the area to be treated, into which a tube called a cannula is inserted. This is used to break up fatty deposits, which are then sucked out by a powerful vacuum. For a sequence showing a liposuction procedure, see images M590/260 to M590/270.
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