What is the Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction?

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Liposuction for Slimming; Liposculpture for Contouring

Liposuction is a surgical procedure used to suction out high volumes of localized, subcutaneous fat. The objective is to achieve a slimmer, more toned body profile. On the other hand, Liposculpture is a more refined type of liposuction. A very fine cannula (suction device) is used to achieve precise contouring and a high level of muscle definition. Liposculpture is the procedure of choice for those seeking the buff, sculpted appearance of someone who works out regularly.

Note: Liposculpture is used to address fat deposits; however, if your “saddlebags” show the dimples of cellulite, I would recommend other procedures that are specifically designed for cellulite removal, such as Carboxy Therapy and Z-Wave Therapy.

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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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.

"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.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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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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What is the difference between liposuction and liposculpture?

Essentially, two words for the same thing. The importance is not the term, but the skill of the surgeon, no matter what it's called.

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
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Liposuction verses Liposcupture

While Liposcupture is a more recent term, both refer to removal of fat. Liposcupture should mean the use of small cannulas with more attention to detail.  This should always be the surgical approach to achieve the smoothest result. Unfortunately, most surgeons don't utilize this technique. 

Justin Yovino, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Liposuction liposculpture

Liposuction and liposculpture refer to body contouring.  I use very fine cannulas to achieve precise results that are most satisfactory.  Procedure is performed comfortably using mild sedation tumescent anesthesia and very small incisions with no sutures.  

Afshin Farzadmehr, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic 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.


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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