Pictures showing the process of surgical liposuction are available on EppleyPlasticSurgery.com and HowStuffWorks.com. Before and after photos for liposuction procedures on different areas of the body are available on Liposuction.com as of 2015.
Liposuction is a surgical procedure in which deposits of fat are removed from specific areas on the body using an elongated tube called a cannula attached to a vacuum device. In ultrasound or laser-assisted liposuction, the fat is first liquefied using ultrasonic or low-energy waves, notes WebMD. The photographs of liposuction surgery shown on Eppley Plastic Surgery and How Stuff Works depict the vacuum suction portion of the surgery.
How Stuff Works offers an illustrated diagram of the liposuction procedure. This diagram notes the areas from which the fat is being removed and the location of the incision. Depending on the amount of fat that is being removed, the surgeon may make one or more incisions during the procedure. The cannula is inserted under the skin through the incision, then the liquefied fat is suctioned out through the tube, explains How Stuff Works.
Before and after photos on Liposuction.com include the abdomen, hips, thighs, buttocks and calves. Due to the surgical nature of liposuction, patients experience localized swelling for roughly a week after the procedure. In many cases, the full effect of a liposuction procedure takes several months to become apparent, notes WebMD.