Author Affiliations:Aesthetic Surgery Journal and Albert Einstein/Montefiore Medical Center (Dr Matarasso), and Department of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University (Dr Hutchinson), New York, NY.
Contempo Updates Section Editor: Stephen
J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
In the 20 years since its introduction, liposuction surgery1 (which includes suction-assisted lipectomy, lipoplasty,
lipolysis, and liposculpture) has become the most frequent major aesthetic
surgery performed in the United States. In 1998, there were 218 064 liposuction
procedures reported by board-certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, and
otolaryngologists (the 3 medical specialties that most commonly perform liposuction).2 This represents a 23% increase from 1997, and is almost
twice that of any other aesthetic procedure.2
This survey also found that more than half of these patients were between
the ages of 19 and 50 years, and that 13% were male. Another survey reported
a 270% increase in liposuction procedures performed on women and a 3-fold
increase in men between 1992 and 1998,3 making
it currently among the most frequently performed surgical procedures in the
Matarasso A, Hutchinson OHZ. Liposuction. JAMA. 2001;285(3):266-268. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.266