For decades many people have wanted to change their appearance and shape by removing deposits of excess fatty tissue. This dream became a reality beginning in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The procedure of liposuction, initially called suction assisted lipectomy was invented by Arpad and Giorgio Fisher in Rome. Further developments were made by Yves Illouz in Paris, but another Parisian Dr. Pierre Fournier was a sentinel figure in making the technique more popular. The technique spread to America early. Continually refined in both Europe and America it is now the world’s most popular cosmetic surgery procedure. Modern liposculpture though really came of age when transformed by Dr. Jeffrey Klein of San Juan Capistrano in California.
Since 1985, he has developed what is now called the tumescent technique in which a local anaesthetic solution is used to numb the tissue before the procedure is commenced. This solution also vastly reduces the amount of bruising after the procedure, which used to be a major complication of liposuction surgery.
Much more refined results are possible with liposculpture than with conventional liposuction. As the patient can stand towards the end of the procedure final adjustments can be performed which improves the overall result. The figure can be truly sculpted.
Differences between liposculpture and liposuction
|Utmost safety, no general anaesthetic required.||General Anaesthetic required.|
|Effective control of pain during and after the procedure.||Extra analgesia required after procedure.|
|More even pleasing contour is achieved as final adjustments can be made towards the end of the procedure.||No ability to fine tune the result during the procedure. Higher rate of re-dos to achieve acceptable results.|
|Minimal bleeding and bruising.||Very considerable bruising and sometimes bleeding.|
|Short recovery time following the procedure.||Prolonged recovery time.|
|Rapid return to work and normal activities.||More time off work generally required.|
|Tiny puncture points. No stitches.||Larger puncture points, sometimes stitches are needed.|
|No hospital stay.||Hospital admission.|
|Substantially lower cost.||Much more expensive procedure.|
In essence then, liposculpture is an elegant solution to an age old problem: How to remove localised areas of fat not responsive to diet or exercise. A relatively minor removal of tissue can lead to a dramatic improvement in body shape and contour.
Men and women can achieve the desired body shape, that before they had only dreamed of having. Any area of the tissue overlying the body can be treated with this technique, but some areas are particularly suitable. In women, these are the outer thighs (saddlebags), abdomen, the hips, waist, inner thighs, buttocks and knees.
Upper arms, isolated skin folds in the flanks, the breasts and bulges to the sides of the breasts are also common areas treated. Other problems areas too are responsive to treatment. The “muffin top” above the tops of jeans can be removed as well.
In men, the abdomen and the flanks are much more commonly treated. Some men have excess fatty tissue in and around the breast. This can also be satisfactorily removed. As with women the neck and jowl area are popular areas for treatment. In both men and women the neck and under the chin can be successfully sculpted to give a more youthful appearance.