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Traditional Liposuction vs. Modern Liposuction

When it comes to the plethora of treatment options for fat sculpting, which do you choose? Traditional liposuction has been largely considered a smart, safe, and effective option, which is also cost-friendly. But are there options that may be better?

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The quick answer is yes! Let’s explain the main differences between liposculpture and traditional liposuction, but first, let’s see what liposculpture is? Liposculpture uses similar principles to traditional lipo, in that fat cells are suctioned and permanently removed from targeted zones in the body. Nevertheless, this procedure uses more effective ways to get the job done.

Differences between traditional and modern liposuction

Pain Control Usually general anesthesia – gas, sometimes IV sedation Local anesthetic (numbing)
Costs Add facility and anesthesia costs Usually less
Risks Much higher complication rate Lowest rate of complications documented in the medical literature. Greatest patient satisfaction documented in the medical literature.
Expectations Much less precise because of large instruments and sleeping patient Desired improvement with greater proven safety.
Bleeding Significant blood loss Transfusions can be required Minimal blood loss. Patient usually loses more blood during a blood test than with these procedures
Pain Significantly more. Requires immediate and prolonged use of pain killers. Often minimal because much less trauma caused to the body with the extremely small instruments
IV Fluid Needs NOT a tumescent technique, misleading if stated so. Need IV Fluids to replace what is lost As seen on Dateline and 20/20 news shows. The replacing fluid has already been in the tumescent Solution. No extra IV fluids are needed.
Recuperation Usually double or triple that of tumescent Faster recuperation time, walk-in-walk-out surgery may be done as an in-office procedure
Return to Work Return to work in days to weeks Usually can return to work the next 1-4 days depending in the treatment size
Inventing Special Ties Invented by: Italian OB-GYNECOLOGIST Invented by: Dermatologists
Suction Cannula Size Lager instruments means greater chance of skin irregularities Smaller “micro” cannula (instruments) leave minimal surface changes and minimal or no scars
Operative Usually hospitals; Sometimes surgical center; Less office based Usually in in office suite. Sometimes in a surgical center.



In most cases traditional liposuction uses general anesthesia or IV sedation, which comes with many side effects, while liposculpture uses only local anesthesia.

Recovery Times

Due to the less invasive techniques used during liposculpture, recovery times are less. As an example, local anaesthesia is used, less bleeding occurs, and instruments, like laser lipo, offer more precise results, with less pain and trauma. For liposculpture patients, many can return to work within acouple of days, while traditional liposuction may take weeks for full recuperation to be completed.

Tools and Technologies

Traditional liposuction uses what’s now considered to be outdated tools or micro cannulas that may be too large and also increase the risk of scarring. On the other hand, liposculpture uses micro cannulas that measure roughly the size of a ball point pen tip, causing less surrounding tissue damage, as well as lower risks of scarring. Think of the former “traditional liposuction” like what we now regard as a bulky desktop computer – many of us would trade these in for lighter, more effective options, wouldn’t you agree?


Study after study reveals that liposculpture yields more precise results compared to traditional lipo surgery. Many patients, for example, report botched surgeries with traditional lipo methods.

Schedule a liposuction consultation

Dr. Hall at Infini Phoenix Liposuction offers new and improved liposculpture techniques to patients who are seeking effective, less invasive, and cost-friendly ways to revamp their body image. Liposculpture is regarded as the clear choice between the two options, from past patients, and medical experts. It carries lower risks and more precise results!


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