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The Difference Between Liposuction and Liposculpture

Sometimes a pocket of fat just sits in an undesirable area and makes us feel self-conscious. No matter what we do, it is still there. We can diet and exercise until we turn blue, and that bulge stays on the stomach or hips or wherever. This is usually when we decide we can either live with it or go to a plastic surgeon and have liposuction to remove it. But, did you know, there could be a better way?

Instead of having the pocket of fat removed, what if the liposuction surgeon can do the same type of procedure and sculpt the fat to make it look like part of a well-toned and fit body? For example, if Jack goes to see the doctor because he has a flabby stomach and has liposuction. After he recovers from the surgery, Jack should have a flatter abdomen. But is Jack’s’ doctor used new techniques, they can sculpt Jack’s excess weight in such a way that the excess skin and tissue is not removed, but reshaped, so Jack looks like he is supporting some beautiful abs.

6 of One or Half a Dozen of the Other

So liposculpture and liposuction is the same operation. The only difference is the amount of fat removed. As in our above example. The doctor leaves some of the stomach fat and reshapes it to give the appearance of a “six-pack” That means the work is more detailed and more involved and it takes longer. But the surgical part of the procedure is the same.


The recovery time is still the same. The patient will wear compression garments and walk to speed healing. He will follow his doctor’s orders and should probably be recovered enough to resume normal life in 2-3weeks.

The instructions following the surgery are about the same, and they include:

Immediately after surgery, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and numbness in the area and as the week passes on, those issues will fade away.

For minor liposuction, a patient can expect a recovery time of about 2 weeks. However, the swelling will last longer than that, and full recovery can take a few weeks. More extensive liposuction takes longer to heal from than other procedures. Much depends on the size of the area worked on, the age of the patient, and how closely the patient follows instructions.

Recovery Tips

The following tips are gathered from liposuction surgeons who specialize in this field. However, they are not your doctor, and your doctor should provide the correct call of action for you. Ask your surgeon about the recovery process and what to expect after the procedure. They have the knowledge and experience to help you recover quickly and achieve the results you want.

  • Be well rested when you go in for surgery and rest well after your surgery
  • Wear your compression garment as instructed
  • Call your doctor if you have fever, nausea, discharge of green or yellow (or odor), bleeding, or loss of feeling
  • Maintain your body weight
  • Do not lift anything over 2 pounds for at least 2 weeks

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