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October 26, 1984

Plastic Surgery

JAMA. 1984;252(16):2246-2249. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350160114034

The term "plastic surgery" is derived from the Greek plastikos and therefore carries in its name the concept of shape and form. It has been in these specific areas, shape and form, that the most important strides have been made in the last year. Suction lipoplasty has evolved from a surgical oddity into an important facet of patient treatment; tissue expansion has moved from being a simple biologic observation into a useful clinical tool; and finally, the exciting tissue-transferring techniques of microsurgery and musculocutaneous flaps introduced in previous decades have moved toward refinement.

Suction KJuction lipoplasty (suctionassisted lipectomy or suctionassisted lipolysis) is exactly what the name implies: the contouring of a body part by the removal of fatty tissue by suction, usually without traditional incisional or excisional surgery. Used with success by Teimourian and Fisher1 for a number of years, the procedures have recently received considerable exposure in France,