Magazine article Newsweek

Liposuction: Going Micro

Magazine article Newsweek

Liposuction: Going Micro

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Byline: Karen Springen

Brandy Montoya, 28, eats healthy and visits the gym at least three times a week. But as hard as she tried, she could not get the bottom half of her body to match her smaller torso. So in July, she signed up for $9,000 worth of liposuction. Denver plastic surgeon John Millard performed a new procedure, LipoSelection, which uses ultrasound to liquefy fat before it's suctioned out of the body, often resulting in less bruising. Montoya said goodbye to millions of fat cells on her thighs, her hips--and even the inner part of her knees. "I look like somebody you'd be jealous of, I really do," she says.

Liposuction has long been the nation's top plastic-surgery procedure. But with advances like LipoSelection, which promises a quicker recovery, and the use of tiny suction tubes ("canulas") that allow doctors to target smaller body parts, it's growing faster than ever. Lipoplasties were up 24 percent last year over 2003, to 478,251.

The newest lipo converts aren't settling just for having their tummies and thighs done: like Montoya, they're adding on ever-tinier body parts, like ankles, knees and cheeks. This quest for perfection is fed by reality-TV makeover shows that leave no flaw untouched. But before you sign up, remember that lipo, like any surgery, comes with a lengthy recovery period and is typically recommended for healthy patients no older than their 50s. And make sure your doctor is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (check plasticsurgery. …

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