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People worldwide are raving about the liposculpture procedure. What are the risks associated with the procedure and is it right for everyone? Read on to find out about the risks and important considerations before deciding to opt for it.

What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture is another term commonly used for liposuction and describes the cosmetic surgery that is undertaken to vacuum out the fat from beneath the skin with the objective of reducing fullness in areas such as hips, abdomen, thighs, hips, knees, buttocks, upper arms, cheeks, chin, and neck.

The primary objective of liposculpture or liposuction is to get rid of fat deposits and to shape the body.

The excess fat can be sucked out of the body by either using a vacuum suction cannula which is a hollow pen like instrument or by using an ultrasonic probe which breaks the fat into small pieces and then removes it by the suction technique.

Liposculpture is slightly different from liposuction as at times liposculpture also involves removal of fat from one part of the body and injecting it into a different part thereby transplanting fat with the objective of sculpting or enhancing the overall body contours. Liposuction involves suctioning of fat without the 3 dimensional contouring of the body. Liposculpturing requires an excellent surgical technique coupled with a very artistic eye to reshape or sculpt the body.

Liposuction or liposculpture procedure might include the suction of fat from more than one site, for example, back, abdomen, and thighs on the same day. Liposuction technique is only adopted with the objective of body contouring. It is not a weight loss technique.

Types of Liposuction techniques

Various types of liposuction techniques are adopted by surgeons. Some of the commonly used techniques are listed below:

  • Tumescent liposuction: The tumescent liposuction technique involves injecting a tumescent solution, which is a mixture of lidocaine and epinephrine, under the skin near the problem areas. The tumescent solution causes the fat to expand and then loosen. The loosened fat is then sucked out with the help of a syringe or a metal tube. The lidocaine present in the tumescent solution is responsible for causing numbness in the treated area and the epinephrine minimizes the blood loss by shrinking the capillaries.
  • Ultrasound-assisted liposuction: In the ultrasound-assisted liposuction technique, ultrasonic energy is applied through the cannula used for liquefying the fat. Once the fat is liquefied, it is sucked out using the same cannula. The ultrasound-assisted liposuction technique is very helpful in removing fat from the sides, upper abdomen, and back.
  • Laser-assisted liposuction: In the laser-assisted liposuction technique, fat is liquefied using a laser beam and it is then vacuumed out through the cannula.

The type of liposuction technique adopted by a surgeon depends on the patient and the operating surgeon’s preference and skills. The tumescent liposuction technique offers the advantage of the fastest recovery time and negligible side effects.

Continue reading after recommendations

  • “Skin and Wound Infection by Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria: An Unexpected Complication of Liposuction and Liposculpture”, by Jorge Murillo, et al. Published in the November 2000 issue of JAMA Dermatology, accessed on September 15, 2013
  • “Liposculpture with Ultrasound: Biomedical Considerations” by Giuseppe Bruno, et al. Published in the November 1998 issue of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, accessed on September 15, 2013.
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