How Liposuction Has Advanced Over Time

Feeling beautiful creates a glow that is far more than skin-deep. People experience a feeling of self-confidence that can carry through their day and night. This can have a positive impact on relationships and career. Today, both women and men value the freedom to improve their appearance with a cosmetic procedure. Instead of wearing clothes that conceal, they want to wear stylish, attractive clothing that enhances their look.

Liposuction has become very common both in the U.S. and other countries. It offers a way to remove stubborn fat deposits that dieting and exercise don’t touch. It’s no longer necessary to live with love handles or abdominal fat, even if you have a genetic predisposition to that body shape. Just because grandma wore full skirts with an elastic waist doesn’t mean you have to. Lipo makes it possible to remove troubling fat and reshape your body.

An Idea Before It’s Time

Lipo is a fairly recent procedure. A French surgeon, Charles Dujarier, is believed to be the first remove fat from the body with suction. However, medical techniques of the time weren’t sufficiently advanced. He was unable to successfully implement his idea.

50 Years of Trial and Error

From time to time during the next 50 years, a doctor would try to deal with fat build-up by using a scraping tool, a curette. This wasn’t successful. The scraping frequently caused serious problems, such as blood clots, abscesses or other complications. Even if there were no health issues, the skin often appeared uneven after the surgery.

Another approach doctors tried was to remove both skin and fat. This caused scarring and, eventually, unsightly fat deposits around the incision. Just about every advance requires a period of trial and error, but for five decades, the “cure” was worse than the “problem.”

The Groundwork is Laid for Today’s Body Shaping Procedures

1974: We have Drs. Arpad and Georgio Fischer to thank for figuring out how to safely remove unwanted fat. Both gynecologists, this father and son team devised a method of sucking out fat from the body with a tool they invented called a cannula. This is a blunt, hollow instrument that allows the surgeon to suck out fat by going between major blood vessels. Their work laid the foundation for modern body-shaping techniques.

1978: Two doctors in Paris, Yves-Gerard Illouz and Pierre Fournier, took a serious interest in the Fischers’ work and thought they could develop better equipment. They developed the “wet technique.” Before the fat was suctioned out, a salt water solution was injected into the fat, resulting in less bleeding and an easier treatment.

Another important advance was the use of lidocaine, a local anesthetic. Fournier also devised the method of using several incision sites rather than only one or two, allowing more even contouring. He also began applying compression to the area after the operation to help support the tissues and achieve the desired shape.

1980: A love-hate relationship developed in the U.S. Many people loved the results, but some patients experienced excessive bleeding and developed unattractive skin ripples after the procedure. There was a lot of criticism.

Revolutionary Breakthroughs

1985: Finally, there was a much better way to shape the body, especially the buttocks and thighs. Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, a dermatologist perfected what is known as the tumescent technique. Injecting both lidocaine and epinephrine (to shrink capillaries) into the fat meant that the entire procedure could be performed with a smaller cannula and only a local anesthetic. There was far less bleeding. This method became very popular.

1992: Ultrasonic Assisted Lipoplasty (AUL) seemed like a great alternative to the use of cannula suction. Professor Michele Zocchi believed that using ultrasonic energy on fat cells before suctioning would prevent nerve and vein damage as sometimes occurred with the improper use of the cannula. However, the ultrasonic energy could cause burns, peeling skin and fluid buildup. Dermatologists and plastic surgeons disagreed on the benefits of this new technology.

Patients Love the Use of the Laser 

Laser or Smart Lipo is considered the best way to remove stubborn fat cells. Lasers are used for both laser lipolysis and skin rejuvenation. Lasers liquefy the fat before removing it and rejuvenate the skin.

What this means for the patient is a treatment with the following benefits:

  • Minimally invasive
  • Fast and easy
  • No extended downtime get back to normal activities very quickly
  • A reshaped body that is more taut and tighter
  • More affordable
  • Easier on the patient

Laser liposuction could be the solution you’ve been searching for.

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The above article was for informational purposes only and should not be considered a substitute for actual medical care. Please contact us with any questions you may have.