Liposuction is the use of suction cannulas through small incisions to directly evacuate fat from an area to achieve a better contour. It was innovated in Europe during the 1970’s and brought to this country in the later portions of that decade.

My Experience with Liposuction

My first exposure to liposuction began at a very young age, when I heard about it from family friend Bahman Teimourian, one of the first Americans to perform the operation. What was an unpredictable procedure at that time is now much more predictable and associated with minimal amounts of bleeding and a low complication profile.

The Most Important Factor in Liposuction Success

If you are looking into liposuction, you will be bombarded with a multitude of marketing campaigns designed to make you think that the technology being used is what matters. Here’s the truth: whether or not the surgeon is using a laser, water, power, ultrasound, or any other of a myriad of fat separation devices, is not what is important. These devices make things easier, and have contributed to the advances in the outcomes of liposuction, but what is most important is choosing a plastic surgeon to perform your operation. Doctors from specialties where they do not get any training in liposuction are now attending weekend courses and trying to market themselves as cosmetic surgeons who specialize in liposuction. A weekend course doesn’t make up for years of training in this technique, familiarity with the relevant anatomy, and the time spent on development of that extra sense of where to evacuate tissue in the right volumes to create a certain contour.

The Latest Advances in the Field

Recently, innovative surgeons in Louisiana, Miami, and Colombia have advanced liposuction even further. If you are a younger patient with some elasticity in your tissues, liposuction can achieve contours previously thought unattainable. For men, this means the elimination of chest wall fat and excellent contouring of the abdomen and flanks. For women, this means better sculpting of the lower back, hips, saddlebag areas, and thighs. If you have “cankles” or fat knees and you want these areas corrected, liposuction is an excellent way to improve their contour. Additionally, fat grafting to other areas can be a great way to augment relevant contours and bring out the most natural and youthful shape, especially in the buttocks.