Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures, with nearly half a million treatments performed in 2007. The demand for liposuction treatments has driven a high level of innovation in the machinery used for liposuction, but it is important to remember that "new" does not always mean "improved."
The basic procedure for liposuction is that suction is used to remove fat from the body. It is a classic operation today that has withstood the test of time with consistently good results for patients. It is used not as a weight loss technique, but to target stubborn deposits of fat that are unresponsive to diet and exercise.
Dr. George Lefkovits has been performing liposuction procedures since 1985, and he has tried all the variations of the procedure currently available. He prefers to use what is known as tumescent liposuction. Tumescent liposuction is a variation on the traditional liposuction technique, that you can read more about in an earlier post. It is a classic operation today that has withstood the test of time with consistently good results for patients.
Although the potential risks associated with powered and ultrasonic liposuction techniques are reason enough not to use them for Dr. Lefkovits, there is another reason why he prefers the tumescent liposuction technique. Liposuction is the most basic tool in body contouring--the reshaping of the body to give it a pleasing experience--but any tool is only as good as the user. A cosmetic surgeon is an artist and a sculptor, and ultimately the results achieved through cosmetic surgery depend more on the skill of the artist than on the tool used.
Dr. Lefkovits has found, however, that the newer liposuction techniques, primarily designed to make the procedure easy, fast, and convenient for the surgeon, disrupt his ability to perform fine adjustments in the body sculpting technique, which can ultimately lead to a result that is less artistic. It is the fine adjustments performed by the surgeon that make the difference between just fat removal and actual body contouring.