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What is Liposculpture?

Liposculpture, which utilizes the tumescent liposuction technique, is the removal of small to medium amounts of fat in rather normal to full areas to sharpen features, accentuate the muscles beneath and create a more cut appearance in the neck, lower cheeks, upper abdomen, outer buttocks, calves and ankles. Liposculpture is a body sculpting technique that permanently removes small, stubborn areas of excess fat from troublesome areas. See Before and after tumescent liposuction photos.

  • Removes Large Amounts Of Fat
  • Uses Tumescent Local Anesthesia
  • Reshapes The Body Within Hours
  • Stimulates Skin Tightening
  • Achieves Safe... Precise Results

Liposculpture is an alternative, minimally invasive form of traditional liposuction pioneered in the late 20th century. Rather than using large incisions to remove fat from the body, liposculpture uses small suction mechanism to target specific fat deposits under the skin. The procedure is used to contour or fine tune areas of the body, rather than to completely resculpt it.

Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction was first presented by Dr. Klein in 1986 at the Second World Congress of Liposuction Surgery in Philadelphia. His article that first described the technique appeared in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery in 1987. Dr. Klein recently completed a study of large volume liposuction of 112 patients, each of whom had between 1,500 ml to 3,400ml (1.5 quarts to nearly 1 gallon) of fat removed using tumescent liposuction. None of these patients required a blood transfusion. In fact, the average patient lost approximately three teaspoons (15 ml) of blood. Tumescent liposuction is so effective at minimizing blood loss that the majority of patients with large volume liposuction lose less blood during the surgery than they do at the time of their routine pre-operative laboratory studies.

Liposculpture Utilizes the Tumescent Liposuction Technique

Liposculpture utilizes the tumescent technique which is an important part of the liposculpture procedure. The word tumescent means swollen and firm. Tumescent liposuction uses large volumes of a dilute solution of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, in combination with the vasoconstrictive drug epinephrine, which temporarily shrinks capillaries.

Local anesthesia used in tumescent liposuction for liposculpture is so effective that patients no longer need intravenous sedatives, narcotic analgesics or general anesthesia. Over the years, patients who previously had traditional liposuction with general anesthesia have had second treatments with tumescent liposuction. Virtually every one of these patients has found tumescent liposuction to be less painful providing better results with more rapid healing and recovery.

Liposculpture is recommended by proponents as a way to remove or mitigate fat deposits that will not go away, despite diet and exercise. These fat deposits are often a result of genetics, and can be difficult to get rid of without cosmetic surgery. However the procedure can only remove a limited amount of fat per session, so heavier patients may need more than one treatment. Liposculpture is not meant as a weight-loss surgery, as fat is light and the suction procedure may not remove more than a few ounces.

Side Effects

Side effects from the procedure include localized swelling, bruising and pain in the targeted areas that will usually subside after a few days. Leakage of fluid from the injection sites is common during the first 48 hours, and some doctors provide plastic sheeting to place on your bed to prevent stains. Infection and allergic reaction are possible consequences of liposculpture, and any signs of these effects should be medically treated at once.


Liposculpture results are based on the composition of fat in the patient’s body. Some people with genetic predispositions towards highly fibrous fat may not experience much reduction in fat. Also, the ability of the skin to reform over the new contours varies from person to person. Skin sagging over the treated areas is possible, especially in older patients and those with low collagen levels.

Always consult with a qualified liposuction surgeon before undergoing this or any surgical procedure.

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