WHAT IS COSMETIC SURGERY? At first glance, the simple answer appears to be: procedures that make people look better. But then come the harder questions, such as who performs cosmetic surgery, what is a cosmetic surgeon, what is the minimum amount of invasive~2ess required to make a procedure “surgery,” and finally who are the cosmetic surgery patients?
For the last few decades, aesthetic dermatology has become increasingly popular. Most of our patients want to enhance their look without downtime.
This article aims to familiarize the reader with the history of liposuction. The author
documents the landmark events and characters in the development of this revolutionary
and widely known procedure. Included is a historical discussion of the obstacles and the
triumphs the practitioners and the procedure itself has seen, as well as a review of relevant
scientific data placed in its appropriate historical context up through modern day.
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