Liposuction can trace its origins back to 1974 when two Italian doctors Arpad and Giorgio Fischer first developed the blunt tunnelling technique from which modern liposuction has evolved. Liposuction gained popularity in 1978 when French physicians Illouz and Fournier further modified the technique to reduce sedation and morbidity risks. By the early 1980’s, although liposuction had become extremely popular, it was marred by negative perceptions due to excessive bleeding and sometimes unsightly skin aberrations.
The invention of the Tumescent technique of liposuction in 1985 by Dr. Jeffrey Klein revolutionised the industry. For the first time, with the use of smaller cannulae and local anaesthetic, the risks of excessive bleeding and skin inconsistencies were dramatically reduced. For the first time, doctors were able to reassure their patients, that the uncertainties associated with conventional methods of liposuction, were minimal. Tumescent liposuction was a game-changer for the entire industry.