Liposuction is the number one cosmetic surgery procedure worldwide. It is so popular that is has evolved and diversified since its inception in the 1920’s into a variety of highly targeted techniques. In the USA alone, there are over 500,000 liposuction procedures every year and it is a growing industry across the world.

This infographic is a guide to all that a potential patient thinking of undergoing liposuction would need to know. It outlines in detail the differences between traditional liposuction and liposculpture or bodysculpting, which anyone thinking of undergoing a procedure will need to understand. Topics covered include the anaesthesia use, the location of the procedure, recovery time and what to expect, the instruments used, the estimated costs, expected scaring and what areas of the body can be treated.

The current world standard of excellence is the ‘Tumescent Technique’. The procedure for how it works is discussed along with the ideal candidate and the state of their health. The technique focuses on the types of body parts it is used on, the anaesthesia used and the particular benefits of local anaesthesia, plus the overall benefits of the technique in general. It also advises patients of the expected side effects as with any surgery, along with what to expect before and after the procedure. Liposuction can be treated through online diagnosis.

While the ‘Tumescent Technique’ is considered the world standard in excellence, there are a wide variety of techniques to choose from. Alternative techniques discussed include the use of alternative technologies such as PAL, UAL, Vaser and Water Jet Assisted technologies as well as laser techniques including SmartLipo, CoolLipo and ProLipo PLUS.

To act as a contrast, outdated traditional liposuction techniques are outlined. These include Dry, Wet and Super Wet Techniques, all of which result in blood loss and are largely not used in modern cosmetic surgery practice.