In my opinion, liposculpture/liposuction is the most artistic cosmetic surgical procedure. The surgeon is the sculpture, the patient’s body is his marble and the newly liposculptured figure his finished work.
To create a beautiful work the doctor must be both artist and surgeon, with the right blend of surgical skill, clinical judgement and artistic ability, combined with the passion to achieve great results.
However, liposculpture is much more difficult than sculpting in marble because the surgeon is working on a living person. The human body has skin that must contract and not loosen and hang: fat, which changes with posture and bone structure; and stature, which predetermines the proportions of the figure.
When performing a liposculpture procedure the surgeon must work with all these components to produce his result, all the while keeping the safety and wellbeing of his patient uppermost in his mind.
The surgeon must have an innate appreciation of beauty and the principles of balance, proportion and harmony.
These combine to create a beautiful new figure with contoured curves and flowing lines.
This comes from experience and training. It allows the surgeon to evaluate the skin, the fat and the underlying musculoskeletal structures prior to performing the Liposculpture to determine the potential for his patient to achieve the desired result.
He evaluates the skin’s ability to contract, how much fat there is in an area and how much can be sculpted away. He also evaluates when it is safe to perform liposculpture and how much fat can be removed for an effective result.
The surgeon’s experience and training allow him to create the new form he has designed. They also give him the ability to produce smooth curves, even results and maximise fat removal and skin contraction with the use of specialised techniques such as superficial undermining. Employing technologies and using microcannulas can further improve the result.
I believe it is essential for the surgeon to be passionate about his work, his results and also his patients’ wellbeing. It is only natural that a patient contemplating a liposculpture will be apprehensive about the procedure and outcome. Empathy, comfort and patience from the surgeon allows the patient to express themselves, so their desires can be understood and satisfied. It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in this instance, the beholder is the patient. It is the patient above all who should appreciate and enjoy the result of the procedure.