Liposuction and Liposculpture: What is the difference?

Liposuction and Liposculpture: What is the difference?

Liposculpture and liposuction are among the most common surgical procedures in the world of cosmetic surgery. Both aim to reduce excess body fat. However, they differ technically, giving two completely different results once performed.

What is liposuction?

The famous liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that is limited to the elimination of excess fat from the body through the technique of suction via metal cannulas. These are inserted under the skin through micro-incisions. During liposuction, the surgeon aims to remove fat cells that are insensitive to diet and exercise because they are accumulated under the influence of hormones. 

Liposuction and liposculpture: the differences

On the other hand, a new variant known as liposculpture targets specific areas with fat deposits. This fat will be processed and reinjected into the right areas that lack volume, unlike liposuction, which is based solely on the removal of fatty tissue. The receiving areas during liposculpture are the breast, for breast augmentation or reconstruction, the buttocks for buttock lipofilling, or even the scars to correct them. The ultimate goal of liposculpture is to improve the figure and the contour of the body to have a more beautiful shape, while liposuction tends to reduce the volume of fat and therefore eliminates more fat and causes weight loss.

Liposuction vs. liposculpture cost

The price of both procedures varies depending on several factors such as: 

  • The area targeted
  • The surgeon's fees
  • The cost of anesthesia
  • The techniques used

Generally, the price of a simple liposuction cost in Turkey is set at 1800 euros, whereas the price of a liposculpture can go up to 3000 euros if it is combined with an augmentation of one of the body parts. The price difference is due to the combination of several techniques in liposculpture.

What to expect after both procedures

Liposuction reduces the number of fat cells and therefore refines areas that are difficult to treat by oneself.

The result can only be judged after the edema generated by each operation has disappeared, which can take several months. It should be noted that in both cases, the patient must maintain a stable weight to have a lasting result.

Liposuction and liposculpture recovery

The recovery time differs between the two procedures. Thus, the recovery process varies depending on the amount of fat removed and the area treated.

For liposculpture, it is best to rest for 48 hours after the operation and resume your daily life in 3 to 4 days. For liposuction, it is recommended that you return to work after 7 to 10 days with a restriction of exercise and physical activities for 5 weeks.

What is the best procedure to reduce body fat ?

We cannot judge that one procedure is better than another, it is according to the desired results and the physical conditions that the choice of intervention will be established. Therefore, it is important to discuss with the surgeon before the operation to make the right decision. 

Both procedures present almost the same risks, however, they use two different types of anesthesia. Liposuction is performed under general anesthesia while liposculpture is most often performed under local anesthesia to limit swelling and bleeding. 

Liposuction removes more fat than liposculpture, which makes it the best option for reducing the amount of fat in the abdomen and hips. However, liposculpture tends to shape the fat to give more precise results without expecting much in the way of weight loss.

In conclusion, both liposuction and liposculpture have their advantages for losing excess weight. However, liposculpture is ideal for people who want to sculpt their fat and transfer it to the right areas, while liposuction is the best choice for a perfect weight.


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