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The History of Liposuction

The History of Liposuction

liposuction_popular_body_areasLiposuction is an amazing procedure that can be used to help you attain the body that you desire. However, it has a long history in which that wasn’t always the case! If you’re interested in learning all about liposuction and liposuction history, read on for more information:

Two Italian-American gynecologic surgeons — Drs. Arpad and Giorgio Fischer — are considered to have conceived and developed the liposuction procedure in 1974; however, the roots actually harken back to the 1920s when Dr. Charles Dujarier, a French gynecologic surgeon performed the first liposuction procedure to remove fat from the leg of a French model. The procedure caused gangrene and the concept of body sculpting to remove fat was lost for five decades.

A procedure was developed in the 1960s, called suction curettage. This procedure unfortunately resulted in irregular results and caused complications such as severe bleeding and in some cases, death. The procedures developed by Drs. Arpad and Fischer were the first to use a cannula, also invented by these doctors. While the procedure was considered an advancement, the technique still came with many complications.

New Liposuction Advancements with Tumescent Liposuction Procedure

A new liposuction method was invented and introduced in 1985 by Dr. Jeffrey Klein, an American dermatologist. The procedure was called tumescent anesthesia, and basically changed the face of liposuction surgery. The new procedure eliminated the need for general anesthesia by only needing a local anesthetic — a mixture of epinephrine and lidocaine in a saline solution. Another major difference of this new liposuction procedure is that it is done on an outpatient basis and comes with few side effects.

Essentially the tumescent liposuction procedure entails the tumescent anesthetic solution being injected into the treatment area. The unwanted fat deposits are then removed via gentle suction using tiny cannulas.

In the 1990s, another liposuction procedure — liposculpture — was developed. This procedure uses gentle suction using a cross-tunneling technique. Again, this type of liposuction is done using local anesthesia.

In 2006, we saw the first use of lasers for tumescent liposculpture. Called SmartLipo, it was developed by Cynosure. By 2009, SmartLipo had received FDA approval for procedures for the “surgical incisions, excision vaporization, ablation, and coagulation of soft tissue.”

In essence, laser liposuction uses laser energy to melt or liquefy fat deposits. When the fat is dissolved, small cannulas and gentle suction remove the fat. This technique also has the added benefit of skin tightening so it is especially effective in treating areas such as muffin tops, saddle bags, and the neck and jowl areas.

As you can see, the huge advances in the area of liposuction have give surgeons tools and techniques that can remove fat more easily and provide better comfort to the patient.

For more information about liposuction and how it can help you, contact us today! We can’t wait to hear from you soon.

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