The Difference Between Liposculpture and Liposuction?


Question: What is the difference between liposculpture and traditional liposuction?

Dr. Rohrich: Terms like lipostructure and liposculpture are used to distinguish liposuction from 3 dimensional body contouring. It’s not just about fat removal, it’s about reshaping the body by removing (and sometimes adding) the right amounts of fat in the right places.

With liposuction the surgeon is doing just that – suctioning fat only without true 3 dimensional contouring of the entire body silhouette. Considering the overall 3D shape and outcome is truly body sculpting which means you need to perform artistic lipoaspiration while refining the body contours without masculinizing the female silhouette.

This defeminizing of the female shape can be seen frequently and is done by those who do liposuction of a “spot area” like the love handles only. It does not look natural and is a source of great disappointment to patients worldwide. I see many secondary liposuction patients with these problems.

The bottom line is that liposculpting is difficult to do well and requires a very artistic eye and great surgical technique to obtain consistent great results in body contouring for both female and male patients.