Liposuction and liposculpture are different terms, but related to each other. Liposuction is a surgical technique in which by means of cannulas we fragment and extract the excess fat located in specific areas of the body. This way we achieve a reduction of the volume and improve the silhouette.
Liposculpture is a more complete technique: first we perform liposuction and then we transfer the extracted fat to other parts of the patient’s body to remodel them (lipofilling). The most common areas in which we perform body lipofilling are buttocks, chest and legs (calves); in the face, cheekbones, lips (to increase their volume), dark circles under the eyes and nasolabial fold.
When to resort to liposuction or liposculpture?
Liposuction is applied when we want to eliminate accumulations of unsightly fat located in different areas of the body. Thus, we reduce the volume and improve the body appearance. We recommend it to patients who are not overweight, since no more than 8% of fat can be extracted from the body weight.
Liposculpture is performed when we want to reduce the volume and, in addition, reshape the body. It is a more complex technique but it allows us to fill and shape different areas of the body or face. By using the patient’s own fat, we avoid any adverse reaction (something that could happen if we perform these fillings with other products).
Besides, the fat that we inject adheres to the tissues, so that the results that we achieve after this liposculpture are maintained throughout the years. To ensure a better result, it is interesting that the patient integrates healthy lifestyle habits, such as a balanced diet and the practice of physical exercise, to prevent fat accumulation from recurring.
Are these techniques complementary?
Yes, since liposuction is necessary to perform liposculpture. Normally, when we perform liposuction, patients also opt for liposculpture, since it allows us to take advantage of the extracted fat to transfer it to other areas and thus achieve a more aesthetic and harmonious result.
Both techniques achieve excellent results and help to improve the patients’ self-esteem and self-confidence.