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These are the differences between liposuction and liposculpture

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In case you do not feel comfortable with the shape of your body, you might have considered undergoing plastic surgery to solve it. The most common surgery for the removal of fat in the abdomen area is liposuction. But, even if it is the most popular surgery nowadays, there is another type of “lipo” that can help you get the results you want. This is the liposculpture.

If you do not know the difference between these two, don’t worry! We will explain them in detail to you in this article.


This is the most common and popular surgery in the plastic and cosmetic medical field. Liposuction can also be known as lipoplasty, and it is more solicited among patients who want to eliminate the fat that can be formed in the midsection of the body. These cover the abdomen, thighs, and back. It can also diminish the unwanted fat in the upper arms.

This surgery is used to treat the fat in larger areas of the body.

In this surgery, it will be necessary to do an incision that can measure about one inch and to have the patient completely sedated with general anesthesia. Once the incision is done, the doctor will insert cannulas and start to remove the fat. Usually, most doctors draw in the skin a map to use it as a guide. Using the cannulas can help the process be more precise and to avoid big and visible scars on the patient.

When the surgery is finished, the patient will need from 2 to 3 weeks of recovery. In these weeks, you must not do any physical activity and all the instructions left by the doctor should be strictly followed.


Contrary to the previous surgery, liposculpture is most commonly used in smaller areas where there is more fat than usual. It is a variation of liposuction that has the objective of reshaping the body putting the existing fat in a way that gives a more appealing look and accomplishing the shape that the patient wishes to have.

For this exact procedure, the doctor has to do smaller incisions in comparison to the ones done for liposuctions. After the incision is done, it will be time to insert little metal tubes to start the removal of the fat. Once the doctor takes the fat out of the places the patient does not want it, it will be put in other areas to make a more harmonious shape. This final step is known as lipo filling.

The recovery time is similar to the liposuction but, in this case, the patient will have to use post operative compression clothes. This will help to diminish the pain and the formation of seromas. Also, it can minimize the swelling that can appear after the surgery.

What is the perfect surgery for me?

If you look to have any of these surgeries done, you must book an appointment with a certified plastic surgeon. He will be the one who has the knowledge to recommend the best surgical procedure for your case and body. You can ask the surgeon if you can see pictures of their previous surgeries to see if they match what you want for your body.


Shapiro Plastic Surgery

ARC Plastic Surgery

Dr. Thomas Mustoe

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