What is "3-D Liposculpture"?

I've seen on a few sites procedures called "3-D liposculpture", what is this exactly and how does it differ from regular liposuction?

Doctor Answers 8

3D liposuction

All liposculptures are supposed to be 3D.  But what they mean by that is the etching, or the high definition performed.  What we perform, we call it 3D or high definition liposculpture.  With this we etch the pectoralis muscle, the deltoids, the obliques, and the six pack, obtaining very nice results.

Costa Rica Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 27 reviews

3-D Liposculpture is a marketing catch phrase. Liposuction is always 3-D, results depend on the skill of the doctor.

3-D is another catchy marketing term.  All liposuction, liposculpture, body contouring etc. is 3-D.  The ultimate results are a result of the skill of the doctor performing the procedure and the after care that you and he/she do together.  Do your due diligence.   Look at lots of before and after photos of procedures the doctor has personally performed.  Check references and reviews and talk to other doctors and patients for second opinions.  If everyone starts giving you the same name as the best doctor to perform the procedure, that's your doctor.

Mark Taylor, MD
Salt Lake City Dermatologic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

3-D liposculpture

Thank you for your question. Not sure what 3-D liposculpture, But I am waiting for the 4-D high definition to come out.

Moneer Jaibaji, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

3-D Liposculpture?

Sounds like another catchy marketing phrase to me. All liposuction is by nature a "3-D" procedure. An experienced, qualified, thoughtful plastic surgeon will take into account the three dimensional aspect of your body whenever doing liposuction. By calling it 3-D liposculpture they are trying to suggest that they're providing something unique or better. I think you would be better off focusing on the education, skill, and experience of your surgeon when deciding what type of treatment to consider.

Braden C. Stridde, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 52 reviews

All Liposculpture Is 3-D

The body is three-dimensional and so all liposculpture is 3-D. Perhaps you are referring to hi-definition procedures that do more sculpting to create areas of high definition, such as six-pack abs. This type of liposculpture removes all of the subcutaneous fat in certain areas in order to highlight the anatomy of the muscles. Please see a board-certified dermatologist if you are considering any kind of liposculpture.

Douglas Wu, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

What is "3-D Liposculpture"?

Hello dear, thanks for your question and provided information as well.. This is the surgical procedure that revolutionized cosmetic surgery becoming one of the most performed cosmetic procedures. Subcutaneous tissue or fat is removed in order to contour the body in a way that is harmonious and pleasing to the senses. It can be performed in almost all regions of the body such as the neck, chin, abdomen, back, buttocks, thighs, arms and ankles. Usually done through a small incision in the skin through which a cannula connected to a vacuum is applied, it can be performed alone or in combination with other procedures. After liposuction your body is going to be really swollen for at least 2 to 4 months after your surgery. It is important for you to wear your compression garment for at least 6 months, the first 3 months 24/7 and then the last 3 months at least 12 hours per day for your body get use to not having the faja for so many time. When you remove it, your body can get swollen and also you can have pain. Remember to also compress your body to prevent a seroma which is an accumulation of liquid that has to be drained, it is hard to touch and also really painful. Bruises are completely normal for almost 3 months from surgery, that’s why is better for you to use a bruising cream and apply it all over your body 3 times a day. To prevent bad circulation and swollen legs, use compression socks. Brazilian butt lift can be performed with the same procedure and for a month it will be swollen and it will drop a little bit without losing it’s shape if you use your garment.. If you’re going to perform liposuction on your inner, outer, anterior, lateral, postetior thighs, be careful and consult with your surgeon what’s best for you, sometimes we have more extra skin than fat, that can cause severe sagginess on our legs, which can be only be reversed performing a thigh lift….

Tania Medina de Garcia, MD
Dominican Republic Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 396 reviews

3-D Liposculpture

   3-D liposculpture was been available since the introduction of liposuction and is the only method of liposuction available.  There is no 2D liposuction available.  4-D liposculpture is also available if you consider that the fourth variable is time.  Kenneth Hughes, MD Liposuction Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

Liposuction is not Liposculpture

I would encourage you to check out Hi definition liposculpting which we perform in our facility and compare results posted on sites that claim to perform "3-D liposculpting" and make sure that the results posted are performed by their own surgeons.


Edwin Ishoo, MD
Cambridge Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 20 reviews

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