Liposuction vs. Liposculpture
Although these terms are often used interchangeably, they refer to different scales of fat removal to achieve a specific result. Liposuction refers to the removal of excess fat from localised areas in the body, while liposculpture refers to more subtle shaping and body contouring.
Liposuction implies the removal of medium to large amounts of fat to achieve significant fat reduction, typically in areas prone to storing fat such as below the chin, upper arms, breast, abdomen, hips and thighs. Liposculpture is the removal of small to medium amounts of fat to refine areas of the body, create a more shapely silhouette, accentuate the muscles beneath or create a more ‘cut’ appearance in areas such as the abdomen, buttocks, knees, calves, ankles and neck.
Liposculpture is typically less invasive and is associated with minimal swelling and bruising post procedure. Recovery is usually faster than with traditional liposuction but it is not suitable for patients seeking a larger amount of fat removal.
The more medically correct term is ‘lipoplasty’ but as most people recognise the term liposuction, this is most commonly used. Inherent in the term lipoplasty is the concept if fat grafting or fat transfer which can be used to create and augment contours in other areas of the body.