Liposculture and Body Contouring: Blending Art and Science

Liposculpture Mcan article main image with 'expansion' sculpture by American artist Bradley

The human body has caused fascination since the dawn of time, prompting the most ancient civilizations to idolize the human form in the most fascinating sculptures and paintings.

Sensitive to the inter-connectedness of the body and the mind, the ‘healthy body in healthy mind’ adagio is still relevant today, thousand of years after the ancients first professed it.

Liposculpture takes up this long standing tradition into the modern era, chiseling and modeling the human shape with formidable results, using its own material: unwanted body fat.

Basic Notions About Body Harmony

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Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’

There is a science behind body proportions that painters and sculptors have studied for thousands of years. Surgeons have learnt from them this fundamental lesson:


There is no one-size-fits-all, and body aesthetics depend on the overall structure of the body.


This being said, patterns of aesthetic proportion have been singled out by some of the best students of anatomy, including the one and only Leonardo Da Vinci.

The following considerations can serve as a useful guideline, having remained relevant across centuries, fashions and cultures:


  • The ideal ratio of hip-width-to-shoulder-width for women is 1:1 and for men 1:1.8.
  • The ideal waist-to-hip ratio was never lower than 0.67 for women, reaching 0.8 in classical sculpture and painting
  • The ideal waist-to-height ratio is 0.43 in women and 0.46 in men.


We will now see how modern medicine can transform bodies to fit such standards.

What is Liposculpture?

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Liposculpture before and after


The most superficial observation is enough to notice how fat shows an absolute lack of aesthetic consideration.

That’s a way of saying that fat gets stored in the most undesired areas of the body, such as the abdomen, the hips or the thighs, instead of the chest or the buttocks.

Why does it do that? Why doesn’t fat get stored in better-looking areas?

The answer is still unclear, what’s certain however is that fat stored in the hips, thighs, arms and the abdomen is not only aesthetically unpleasant, it can also be extremely difficult to eliminate.


Stubborn fats represent the main concern of plastic surgeons, mainly abdominal fat, the hardest to eliminate.

To perform a liposculture, surgeons remove and reallocate such stubborn fats from undesired areas into aesthetically pleasant ones.

One of the most popular areas for reallocation is the buttocks, in a procedure known as a BBL (Brazilian Butt Lift).

Bear in mind, liposculpture is not a weight loss surgery. It is advised only for patients who are not more than 30% above their ideal body weight.


Basic Surgical Information About Liposculpture

Liposculpture in Turkey before and after

Male liposculpture before and after by MCAN Health


An important consideration is to be made regarding physical beauty. A beautiful body is not desirable merely because of its proportions, but because of the health and youth it implies.

Liposculpting is the easiest way of achieving such results, and it requires as much aesthetic sensitivity as technical prowess from the surgeon’s side.

Leaving the artistic side behind, here comes all fundamental information regarding this medical procedure:


  • Fat-Removal Methods: 
  1. Power-assisted liposculpture: fat is broken down with the use of a vibrating tool before its removal and reallocation in desired areas.
  2. Ultrasound-assisted liposculpture: fat is molten with the use of an ultrasonic device. This procedure is better to remove larger quantities of fat.
  3. Laser-assisted liposculpture: fat is broken down through the use of low-energy laser waves.
  • Kind of Anesthesia: General (full sedation)
  • Usual Targeted Areas: Abdomen, hips, lower and upper back, thighs, arms and jaw
  • Recovery Time: At least 2-3 days in bed, 1 week before returning to work, and 1 month without any physical exercise
  • Risks: Swelling, bleeding, scarring, infection, undesired results
  • Results: visible after swelling is gone, approximately 1 week after the procedure. Final results are visible 1 year after the procedure and are permanent if healthy life habits are maintained.


Advantages and Disadvantages

Liposculture work of art by Mexican artist Victor Hugo Yañez

Liposculpture as represented by Victor Hugo Yañez


  • Liposculpture is the easiest way of acquiring a defined body contour, without any strict diet of exercise regime.
  • Results are permanent if healthy life habits are maintained after the procedure
  • Removed fat can be transferred to other body areas to improve body tonification



  • Patients may have to stay 1 or 2 nights in the hospital under medical care
  • It can take up to 1 month for post-surgical swelling to disappear (in certain cases it may take even longer)
  • Just as any other surgery, a liposculpture implies risks of infection and undesired results that should be taken into consideration


Where To Go For the Procedure?

Liposuction Before & After


With the continuous reduction of the plastic surgery taboo, liposculpture has become a common procedure, currently practiced everywhere in the world, from Corea and Japan to Brazil and South-America.

The US and the UK have high-quality clinics all across the country, and great professionals carry out operations and continuous medical research.

When choosing the right clinic, a series of considerations are to be taken into account, such as certifications, reviews and price.

For most patients, pricing is the main concern, so we will look at a cross-price comparison of some of the most popular destinations for liposculpture in the world.


Cost of a Liposculpture

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Fundamentals of body proportions and Golden Ratio


The cost of liposculpture varies greatly due to living costs, government subsidies, labor costs and currency value, leaving aside matters such as personal prestige and recognition regarding the surgeon in question.

Here are the average costs of some of the main medical tourism destinations in the world:


  • Average cost of a liposculpture in the US: $5700
  • Average cost of a liposculpture in the UK: £4000
  • Average cost of a liposculpture in Mexico: $2000
  • Average cost of a liposculpture in Turkey: $3500
  • Average cost of a liposculpture in Corea: $5500


Patients such bear in mind that, in health and medicare, quality and reliability are worth much more than reflected in the numbers.

This, however, doesn’t hide the fact that similar quality treatments can be found at very different prices, which explains why traveling abroad for surgery is now more popular than ever.

Due to inflation and rising costs, the medical tourism industry has experienced an exponential boom and is expected to grow by as much as 300% in the coming decades.


Liposculpture or Liposuction?

Liposculture art work Apollo in Versailles

‘Apollo served by the nymphs’ by François Girardon in the Gardens of Versailles


The difference between liposuction and liposculpting lies in the second phase of the surgery.

Whereas the former focuses on absorbing fat (hence its name: lipo-suction), the latter is also concerned with fat reallocation and body sculpting.

In simple terms, liposuction is the better option for patients wanting a simple fat removal, while liposculpture is advisable for patients looking for in-depth results.

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