What is the Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction?

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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.

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction

The intension of body contouring operations is to create a more flattering body shape from a less flattering one.  The term "liposculpture" comes out of the idea that the aesthetic plastic surgeon can mold the body by removing and/or grafting fat, much like a sculptor can mold clay, to make the form of a body more beautiful.  The term "liposuction" originated in France in the 1970's.  It was coined to described the technique of removing unwanted fatty deposits from under the skin by suctioning it with a cannula, hose, and suction machine.  Today these terms are used interchangeably because, in reality, the goal of all "liposuction" is to achieve "liposculpture".

Paul Fortes, MD
Houston Plastic Surgeon
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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.

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Tomato Tomato

For many liposuction is the same as liposculpture. The term liposculpture is a marketing term to describe the purpose for liposuction. When one wants to remove fat, it is for sculpturing a better contour.

Sergio Alvarez, MD
Miami Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Liposculpture and liposuction are essentially the same thing

Liposculpture and liposuction are essentially two names for the same thing, although liposculpture implies smaller diameter cannulas for more precise sculpting. Liposculpture is usually performed with diluted local anesthetic and mild sedation and is a gentler procedure with quick recovery. Liposuction is often performed with larger bore cannulas under general anesthesia, which carries more risk.

Kimberly Butterwick, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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#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 homogeneous manner for example giving the illusion of an abdominal "six pack" by leaving small amounts of fat behind to mimic muscle fullness.

Larry S. Nichter, MD, MS, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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What is the Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction?

The deterrents between liposuction and liposculpture  is the liposuction is use to suction high volume of fat locate in the body and liposculpture is to improve the shape and sculpture the body contouring, both procedure are very effective.

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Orlando Llorente, 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 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.

Hal Michael Bass, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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