Since Illouz and Fournier pioneered to practise liposuction in the 1970’s, liposuction has become a common and safe aesthetic plastic surgery procedure worldwide for shaping the body by removing localised subcutaneous fat collected through a few small puncture sites. Since then, liposuction has undergone many important technical refinements which permit the removal of a large volume of fat and major contour changes achieved safely in a single session with minimal blood loss. The use of tumescent infiltration technique and the application of ultrasonic energy to emulsify fatty tissue are the most significant improvements to facilitate both sophisticated and massive liposuction recently.
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Surgery on the face is always demanding as most patients would expect a pleasing result in this exposed and most noticiable part of the body. To ensure good healing and an inconspicuous scar on the face, plastic surgeons have to take into consideration the following characteristics in facial surgeries.
Facial skin lesions are common and are mostly benign. Most benign facial skin lesions pose little health risks to patients unless they are suspicious of malignancy or having a diagnostic problem. Some may also be symptomatic such as progressive growth, irritation, infection or ulceration.