What Is Liposculpture and/or Tumescent Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is an artistic refinement of the “tumescent liposuction surgery” technique. (A definition for this and definitions for other procedure-specific terms are provided in the site’s Liposculpture Glossary which you can access in the right-hand column from any page on the site.) Sometimes the liposculpture technique simply involves fat removal, and sometimes fat is removed from one body area and injected into a different one. In so doing, the surgeon can use the transplanted fat to “sculpt” or enhance your body contours.

Liposculpture is most commonly used to effectively remove stubborn fat deposits from a variety of body areas and leave you with a more attractive:

  • tummy,
  • waist,
  • hips,
  • thighs,
  • buttocks,
  • knees,
  • arms,
  • neck and/or face.

If you’ve heard someone speak of considering “love handles liposuction” or a “belly fat reduction” or perhaps a “get rid of cellulite” surgical treatment, they were most likely considering a liposculpture procedure to contour a body area that has proved stubbornly resistant to their diet and exercise reduction efforts.

Liposculpture should not under any circumstances be confused with weight-loss procedures such as gastric bypass, lap band or bariatric surgery. While some cosmetic surgeons claim that liposculpture can remove over a gallon of fat (about 10 pounds) in a single two-hour procedure, the treatment is not intended as a method for reducing one’s overall weight.

It is also important to note that other surgeons are much more conservative, preferring to initially remove much less fat than that and to see how a specific patient’s body responds to the treatment. Since it is minimally invasive and does not require general anesthesia, it may be a better option to work toward one’s desired objective in stages with a series of liposculpture procedures.

Liposuction cosmetic surgery was first performed by an Italian doctor in the mid-1970s, and he used general anesthesia and large cannulae (see Liposculpture Glossary) to remove fat from his patients’ bodies. A large number of postoperative complications were encountered with this “dry” technique, however, and a French surgeon, Yves-Gerard Illouz, improved upon it in the early-1980s. Illouz devised a safer “wet” method, injecting a salt solution into the area prior to suctioning, which reduced blood loss and eased fat removal.

In 1987, Dr. Jeffrey Klein of California, developed the “tumescent liposuction” technique, which remains the most popular liposuction technique today. His enhancements added an anesthetic (lidocaine) to the injected saline solution and introduced micro-cannulae to the procedure. Using these smaller instruments makes the surgery less invasive, while using only local anesthesia allows for treatments to be performed on an out-patient basis. The former makes the method less prone to bleeding, discomfort and post-operative complications, and the latter makes it a less expensive cosmetic surgery option.

Tumescent liposuction is the most popular form of cosmetic surgery because of its relative low risk level and because it provides the most natural-looking results. Many people who have availed themselves of tumescent liposculpture enhancements report a very high level of satisfaction with the procedure’s results.

If you are considering liposculpture, it is vital to ensure that you are well informed about the procedure – its risks as well as its benefits – and about the doctor and healthcare staff who will serve you. Additionally, try to get as clear as possible in your own mind about your overall objectives and the expectations you have of what a “successful surgery” would look like and mean to you.

It is LiposculptureAuthority.com’s intent and purpose to help you make that informed decision. You will find useful information here to help you:

  • Determine if you’re a good candidate for a liposculpture procedure;
  • Determine if the procedure fits within your budget;
  • Learn what to expect during the recovery period following a procedure; and
  • Provide general guidelines for choosing a doctor should you decide to proceed.

Ultimately, you will want to weigh the pros and cons and decide whether the potential benefits are worth the possible risks. While fat loss can be achieved naturally, even in our bodies’ “difficult” areas, most people are extremely pleased with the results of their tumescent liposculpture procedures.

If you decide to move forward and your investigation continues, you will want to learn more about doctors who perform liposculpture procedures, which you can do by visiting their websites online as well as consulting with them on the phone or in person.

So, let’s get started! You can click on the “Previous Entries” link below to read the next topic in our series or scroll up and choose an article from the LiposculptureAuthority.com Education Center (in the right-hand column, directly above the Glossary) if you’re interested in a specific liposculpture topic.

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