Liposuction has become one of the most commonly performed cosmetic surgeries in the United States. In 1974, Dr. Giorgio Fischer, a gynecologist from Italy invented the original form of liposuction. French physicians Illouz and Fournier further developed liposuction around 1978. By 1980, liposuction was extremely popular in the United States but was confronting negative publicity due to patients experiencing excessive bleeding and undesirable rippling of the skin after surgery.
In 1985, Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, a California Dermatologist, invented the tumescent technique for liposuction, revolutionizing liposuction surgery. His “Tumescent Technique” allowed patients to have liposuction performed totally by local anesthesia using much smaller cannulas. Patients could now have liposuction surgery without the fear of excessive bleeding and undesirable skin depressions. Follow the links above to read more extensive information about the history of liposuction.