What is Liposuction????

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What is Liposuction?

Liposuction is a surgical procedure intended to remove fat deposits and shape the body. Fat is removed from under the skin with the use of a vacuum-suction canula (a hollow pen-like instrument) or using an ultrasonic probe that emulfsies (breaks up into small pieces) the fat and then removes it with suction.

Persons with localized fat may decide to have liposuction to remove fat from that area. Liposuction is a procedure for shaping the body and is not recommended for weight loss.

Liposuction may be performed on the abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, arms, buttocks, back, neck, or face. A liposuction procedure may include more than one site, for instance, the abdomen, back, and thighs all on the same day.

Liposuction is also used to reduce breast size in men with large breasts (gynecomastia) or to remove fat tumors (lipomas) but it is most commonly used for cosmetic body shaping.


Though liposuction is a relatively new form of cosmetic surgery, it has, nevertheless, become the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States. Since it was first introduced in the United States in the early 1980's, many refinements have been made. The most significant improvement was the use of dilute local anesthetic instead of general anesthesia. We will refer to the improvement as the Klein tumescent technique.

1974 Liposuction Invented in Rome, Italy by Dr. Giorgio Fischer, a GYNECOLOGI

1978 Taken to Paris, France and popularized by Dr. Illouz, a Plastic Surgeon.

1980'sLiposuction reaches the US. Initial enthusiasm peaks and falls as news spreads of increased complications and several deaths. Many of the deaths related to Board Certified Plastic Surgeons combining liposuction with abdominoplasty "tummy tucks."

1985Dr. Jeffrey Klein, a California Dermatologist, and Dr. Patrick Lillis, another Dermatologist, invent and pioneer the...