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What is the Difference Between Liposculture, Body Sculpturing, and Lipo?

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Liposuction, Liposculpture and Body Sculpting

Would you rather be sucked or sculpted? The answer is obvious. The term liposculpture arose as a preferred alternative to liposuction primarliy to connote a better overall impression of sculpture versus suction. In the early years, some practitioners used this term to delineate a practice of lipoetching or superficial liposuction in which more delicate contouring (with a higher risk of creating contour irregularities) is carried out in the upper layers of the fat

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Liposculture, Body Sculpturing, and Lipo are the same

These are just clever marketing techniques for the same procedure.  There are variations in technique that you should be aware of however- laser vs suction, general vs epidural vs"local", etc.  Do your homework and good luck!

David Shuter, MD
Jupiter Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction, Liposculpture, Body Sculpting

Liposuction involves the aesthetic removal of fat and it can be called by many different names. There is a subset of liposuction that is controversial in which superficial etching is done to define the underlying muscles. There may be an increased comliplication rate with this procedure and many surgeons will not do it.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologist
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Difference Between Liposculture, Body Sculpturing, and Lipo

Just terms for essentially the same thing. Differing sizes of the cannulae are used for levels of refining the results. But there are all liposuctions in general terms. 

Difference Between Liposculture, Body Sculpturing, and Lipo

There is no difference between any of these as they are all different names for the same procedure. Different surgeons may do the procedure a little differently and, thus, call what they does something different. In fact, there are slight differences in what all surgeons do, but the name of the procedure does not make one better than the other. Find a surgeon with a good reputation with whom you can talk and feel comfortable. Ask for pictures.

Liposuction by any other name is still liposuction

There are a number of clever terms out there and technologies that do more to create confusion than to really explain what they are about. Laser-assited liposuction, for example, goes by several brand names but it is still liposuction with the same risks. Ditto for VASER, which is ultrasoiund-assisted lipo. The trend over the years has been to emphasize the "sculptural" aspect of liposuction (also called lipoplasty, to throw in another term). Broadly this may include fat transfer as well as fat reduction.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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No difference, just marketing spin.

Cosmetic surgeons are out there looking to distinguish themselves with fancy names for the things they do. So you see a confusing array of names for the same procedure! Don't be decieved by this marketing technique. Fine the safest surgeon who makes the most sense.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Los Angeles Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Lipo terms

All these terms that you describe are fancy ways of saying liposuction.  They are really all the same.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
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"Different" liposuction techniques

When push comes to shove, all the techniques you mentioned can produce similar results and all still require aspiration of the fat.  The marketing aspect sometimes implies that one technique is better than another.  This is not necessarily true.

Ricardo Izquierdo, MD
Oak Brook Plastic Surgeon
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These tend to be the same thing - if contouring a small area some refer to it as "liposculpture".  But, this is still liposuction.

David A. Lickstein, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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