Liposculpture Vs Liposuction?

How does liposculpture compare to liposuction?

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Liposculpture is a marketing term for Liposuction

Liposculpture is a term used to describe using Liposuction to alter the body shape. It is a marketing term for Liposuction.

Some surgeons use the term Liposculpture to describe careful, small amounts of liposuction in an attempt to improve for example, the show of the "abs" in people who are not fat. Other areas that are sculpt include the hips, knees, neck and jawline using careful small cannulae removing small amounts of fat.

#LipoSulptureTerminology

#LipoSuclptureAndLiposuction are often used interchangeable so ask your plastic surgeon for their defiinition. In my mind, liposculpture often is used to create a specific image by leaving or removing fat in a non homogenious manner for example giving the illusion of an abdominal "six pack" by leaving small amounts of fat behind to mimic muscle fullness.

Liposculpture Vs Liposuction

Liposcupture is a marketing term for liposuction which is used to link the art with the science of a successful surgery. Some offices used it to differentiate a procedure that will provide subtle changes to the body versus significant changes through liposuction.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 35 reviews

Liposculpture and Liposuction

These days, non Plastic surgeons are accidentally and purposefully confused by the differing terminology of Liposuction thrown at them. Some of it derives from the natural growth and advances in liposuction but much more is intentional deception and marketing hype.

How many Liposuction terms have you heard ? Plenty! Some of the most common terms you hear are:

  • - Traditional
  • - Tumescent
  • - SAL
  • - Ultrasonic (UAL)
  • - VASER, Liposelection
  • - PAL
  • - Laser Liposuction, SmartLipo, SlimLipo etc

Traditional Liposuction is NO LONGER being practiced. It came out in the early 1970's and involved vacuuming fat under the skin without previous infiltration of the fat with a (numbing blood vessel spasm causing) tumescent solution.

Tumescent Liposuction (SAL - suction assisted lipectomy) involves the infiltration of the fat with a SWELLING (Latin word=Tumere as in tumor) solution containing a numbing medication AND Epinephrine to cause blood vessel spasm and markedly reduce blood losses. Liposuction proceeds 15-20 minutes after the tumescent fluid is infiltrated. EVERY PLASTIC SURGEON USES THIS TECHNIQUE. Contrary to what you hear, it is widely accepted and used and there is NOTHING new or revolutionary about using it.

Ultrasonic assisted Lipectomy (UAL) - involves the use of specific frequencies of sound waves to shake and break SPECIFICALLY fat cells from the inside by passing the ultrasound emitting probe through the fat. That fat is then vacuumed using the usual liposuction tubes.

VASER - is a subcategory of UAL produced buy Sound Surgical of Colorado. They also coined the marketing term LIPO-SELECTION. I like and use this technique and it comes in useful in several types of cases.

Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) is the use of back and forth generating hand held engine to move the liposuction tube. It greatly reduces surgeon fatigue and may speed up the duration of a procedure.

Laser Liposuction, Laser assisted Liposuction (LAL) - After injection of tumescent solution (as we do IN ALL LIPOSUCTION CASES), a laser fiber is passed back and forth through the fat literally heating / cooking it. The resulting fluid is then removed by the usual suction. Laser companies claim it results in greater skin shrinkage than other methods of liposuction. That has NOT yet been proven in a single scientific study BUT the method attracts a lot of willing patients because of its catchy names and the Star Wars laser mystique.

That is ALL there is to it. At the end of the day, your result will NOT be determined by the method of liposuction but by the hands and brain of the Plastic surgeon who does the procedure.

Dr. P. Aldea

Peter A. Aldea, MD
Memphis Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Liposuction and Liposculpture

Liposuction and liposculpture are two names for the same thing.  Liposculpture is just the marketing term for liposuction.   Always be sure to see a board certified surgeon for the best results.  

They are the same thing

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

Liposuction vs liposculpture

I am afraid it is all marketing. It is an attempt to make the Liposculpture sound new,more artistic , with more finesse. In reality, it is all liposuction, the Liposculpture procedures are done with small cannulas, or tubes, but they have been around for years prior to the term Liposculpture.Liposculpture is done under both tumescent or general anesthesia.

Julio Garcia, MD
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

What's in a name.

Liposuction is the removal of fat to create a contour. Liposculpture was coined in the mid 1990's and implied the use of local anesthetics and small cannulas. It's really the same. Liposelection I'd the term that was introduced by Sound Surgical for the Vaser system.

Peter D. Geldner, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

Liposculpture is liposuction

Argh!

The marketing of plastic surgery astounds me.

Liposculpture, liposelection, liposuction. They are all the same thing. Liposuction, when done well, should always be scultping. The goal of liposuction is not just fat removal. It is the smooth, contoured removal of fat.

Don't feel bad you were misled. Many of the terms out there were created to make you think something is new and exciting. The marketing of plastic surgery has gotten out of control.

Lauren Greenberg, MD
Palo Alto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Liposuction and Liposculpture are synonymous terms

Liposuction and Liposculpture are one in the same. They both refer to the exact same surgical procedure of removing fat by suctioning it from various body areas. The eye of a sculptor is a prerequisite of each and every surgeon performing this operation.

David A. Ross, MD (retired)
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 89 reviews

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