Liposuction was developed and became a part of the plastic surgery practice in the early 1980s. Over the years, many different improvements in the liposuction technology and better understanding of the procedure have made it safer than it has ever been.
Recently, the State of Maryland passed a law limiting the amount of liposuction that can be done in an office setting because of a long history of poorly trained and largely unregulated physicians performing liposuction in their offices.
We at CPS feel our that patients are well served by having liposuction performed by experienced, highly trained plastic surgeons in a certified operating room. For the safety and comfort of the patients, we always work with physician anesthesiologists as well.
There are continuing improvements in liposuction technology. Our own preference, and the most common system for liposuction used in the United States, has been the MicroAire system. Over the years, various systems such as ultrasound and laser-based technologies have been used without significant improvement in the overall results*.
Fortunately, the results* from liposuction today are the best we have ever seen and the postop recovery is easier and shorter for the patients.
*Individual results vary.