Liposuction, one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the world, has come a long way since its invention by an Italian gynecologist in 1974. A study performed in Cali, Columbia reveals what works, what doesn’t, and which techniques are the safest.
Four plastic surgeons in Cali, Columbia analyzed the results from more than 26,000 patients over a period of 25 years of liposuction procedures. The surgeons found that tumescent liposuction and laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) deliver the best aesthetic results. In addition, both of these methods have improved the safety of liposuction procedures and reduced the incidence of anemia (a fairly common complication of liposuction, affecting almost 20% of all lipo patients).
Although 90% of patients reported experiencing postoperative pain regardless of the technique that was used, an average of 82% of patients were satisfied with the outcome of their procedure, and satisfaction levels were similar for all of the liposuction techniques covered in the review.