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Contempo Updates
January 17, 2001


Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2001;285(3):266-268. doi:10.1001/jama.285.3.266

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 United States.