What is the Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction?

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"A rose by any other name...Shakespeare" Liposuction = Liposculpture

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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The difference between liposculpture and liposuction

The difference between these two techniques may depend on who you ask. In our practice, liposuction is the technique that we perform when we want to remove a significant volume of fat. Liposculpture is the technique that we use when we want to remove less fat but want to shape the remaining fat so that it mirrors the underlying muscles. Liposculpture will create a toned and more athletic appearance rather than just the bulk of the area of volume.

Pat Pazmino, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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No difference

There is no difference in the procedure between liposuction and liposculpture.  Depending on how it is being used, it is either descriptive or pure marketing.

Same thing

There is no difference between these two procedures. They are both for the treatment of stubborn fat deposits located subcutaneously that are removed with a cannula.


Basically both are the same, and techniques used are about the same.  Some use the term liposculpture as a marketing term.  Some use it to attempt to obtain more definition of the area treated.  Most plastic surgeons do try to  "sculpt" the area being "sucked" to achieve the best cosmetic results.

Connie Hiers, MD
San Antonio Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture and Liposuction are the exact same to docs who specialize in it.

There is nothing different between liposuction and liposculpture to those of us who specialize in removing fat. We sculpt everyone with extreme finesse since the cannulas are tiny and the patients are awake so they can stand up and turn in all positions to get the best results. It is done under local tumescent lipo. Sincerely, David Hansen,MD

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposculpture has a fancier name.

While many surgeons refer to “liposculpture” and “liposuction” as totally separate procedures, the truth is that they both involve breaking apart fatty deposits prior to removal with suction. That makes them essentially the same in my book. Liposculpture may indicate greater care and finesse on the surgeon’s part to really fine-tune the figure. However, it’s my personal feeling that every surgeon should be performing at his or her highest caliber setting when performing any body sculpting procedure (or frankly any plastic surgery), no matter what name they want to give it.

Glenn M. Davis, MD, FACS
Raleigh-Durham Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction vs liposculpture

These terms are equivalent.  With all liposuction the physician will try to sculpture the area as best possible.  Liposculpture is a term many came up with to make their procedure sound more refined.  But any will try to do the best with the area that the patient wants improved.

Scott Haupt, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Lipo: Suction vs Sculpture

Liposculpture describes the use of fat removal using purely tumescent techniques (no general anesthesia) to contour the body into a more favorable silhouette.  Liposuction is a more broadly encompassing term often describing the use of larger cannulas to remove fat, often performed under general anesthesia.

Melanie D. Palm, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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Difference between Liposculpture and Liposuction

Vaser Lipo is an advanced body contouring procedure that selectively removes unwanted body fat. An alternative to the harsh techniques of traditional liposuction, Vaser Lipo uses state-of-the-art ultrasound technology designed to gently reshape your body.
What distinguishes the Vaser Lipo procedure is its ability to differentiate fat from other important tissues — such as nerves, blood vessels and connective tissue. Our innovative technology breaks up fat while preserving all other important tissues. This approach promotes smooth results and rapid healing.

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