One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any surgical procedure carried out to remove unwanted body fat, usually by suction.
- ‘Suction lipectomy is a form of plastic surgery in which an attempt is made to improve the contours of the body by removing fat through suction.’
- ‘Belt lipectomy ordinarily would not need to be repeated unless the patient had some very significant change in their weight following the procedure.’
- ‘Many of these patients will also need procedures on the arms, inner thighs, breasts, and back in addition to the belt lipectomy.’
- ‘However, even the surgical approach can be challenging, and may require tracheostomy with cervical lipectomy to overcome the technical barriers.’
- ‘Liposuction-assisted lipectomy, usually performed by a subspecialist, can be successful in removing even large lipomas with minimal scarring.’
1990s: from lipo- + -ectomy.
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