Although you might think of it as a very modern practice, liposuction has in fact been practiced for nearly 100 years. With such a long history, and with the pressure to look good in front of the media, it is not surprising that the story of Liposuction in Los Angeles is full of stars and the elite of LA. By the turn of the 21st century, plastic surgery was familiar to all and it has been growing in popularity since that time. Learning more about the history of liposuction, and its place in Hollywood can help you to feel more confident when you have cosmetic surgery in LA.
The beginnings of liposuction
The first experiments in changing the shape of the body by removing excess skin and fat began in the 1920s, with subjects often being dancers and other stage stars who wanted to keep looking good as they age. The early experiments, lacking knowledge and medicines such as antibiotics, were failures, and it was not until 1972 that medical experimentation discovered a new technique to remove fat from under the skin. The modern form of liposuction, as we understand it today, was discovered in 1975 by the Fischers. This was modified and trailed throughout the 1970s, gradually perfecting a technique which removed fat and reduced the damage to nerves and blood vessels. More and more surgeons traveled to the medical center in France so that they could learn this technique and offer it to their patients.
Liposuction comes to California
The first cosmetic surgeon from American to try this new technique was Lawrence Field. He brought his techniques back to America, and by the early 1980s, the American Society of Cosmetic Surgeons had been founded. In June of 1983, that Society and the American Society of Liposuction Surgeons met in Hollywood for the first live liposuction workshop. Throughout the 80s, American medics experimented with different types of liposuction, and by 1985 a Californian surgeon called Jeffry Klein developed tumescent liposuction, which uses local anesthetic and small tubes to improve recovery times and continues to be used throughout the US to this day.
Liposuction and the stars
In the 1980s, the rise of safe and effective liposuction meant that many stars were keen to try this form of fat-reduction. The Washington Post reported that cosmetic surgery trends in the 80s were “Liposuction and lip enlargement” in 1989, and in the 90s both male and female stars were keen to get treated for excess fat on the hips and stomach. Big names such as Dolly Parton and Cher were having lots of plastic surgery, including liposuction, and Michael Jackson was, of course, having everything done that he could. Facelifts and Rhinoplasty remained popular, but by the middle of the 1990s, they had been replaced by Liposuction and breast augmentation. Stars operated in this period include Melanie Griffith and Sharon Osborne. In Hollywood, a significant number of celebrities had this type of operation, and even Donald Trump has been alleged to have had this type of surgery, and another known as ‘chin liposuction’, although he does deny having any kind of cosmetic surgery. The truth is, that throughout the 90s and early Twenty-First century, people in Hollywood have been treating plastic surgery as something extremely common, that is done every day. With big names including Elizabeth Taylor and Joan Rivers, the latter well known for her plastic surgery, it would be an unusual celebrity who didn’t feel the need to have at least a little fat reduction or body shaping as they got older.
New forms of liposuction
Due to the increased interest in liposuction by many people in Hollywood, doctors started to experiment with treatments which would reduce swelling and bruising, allowing people to go back to work faster. Methods including Ultrasonic and laser liposuction have been introduced into Hollywood treatments, designed to limit the damage caused during the procedure. For example, Vaser liposuction is designed to break down adipose tissues and then use small tubes to extract the resulting fluid from the body. This is particularly good for small areas, where more traditional forms of liposuction would be difficult or impossible.
Continue the history of Liposuction in Los Angeles with us
If you have decided that you want to follow in the footsteps of Hollywood celebrities, and have a fat-removal procedure, then you should put your faith in an experienced and highly-trained surgeon in Los Angeles. When you come to Dr. Rojas’ Cosmetic Surgery, you can have Vaser liposuction which will break down your fatty tissues from inside your body, and help you to get the shape you want without long recovery times and bruising. To make an initial appointment with our team today, contact us online, or call us on 310-870-1224 now.