This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the FDA’s approval of suction lipoplasty systems, commonly known as liposuction. Although versions of it, like suction-assisted lipectomy, had been recorded in medical literature since the 1970s for non-cosmetic uses such as the removal of fatty tumors, it wasn’t until 1989 that it was officially rubber-stamped for aesthetic body contouring.
In the last two decades, liposuction’s popularity has escalated-it’s currently the second most popular surgical cosmetic procedure, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery-and the same is true of its safety and innovation. The technology developed over the years has paved the way for versions of liposuction that include ultrasound assistance, laser assistance, and Vaser assistance.
Regardless of technique, a certain understanding of body proportions play an enormous role in a successful outcome. If this landmark year is the one in which you choose to undergo liposuction, be sure to choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience.
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