R. Patrick Abergel, MD, has developed a refined technique of liposuction, called minisculpture, which is performed with instruments that are considerably smaller than those used during traditional liposuction.

The instruments are 1mm to 2mm in size and are specifically designed to address areas of the body that require extreme precision. Minisculpture may be performed on its own or with other procedures such as lip augmentation, eyelid enhancement, laser treatment, and minimally-invasive procedures. Minisculpture may also be used on the arms, axilla and bra areas, back, chin, knees, calves, and ankles.

As sedation is not used, patients are able to drive themselves home after the procedure. One of the advantages of the minisculpture procedure is that patients do not experience any of the side effects associated with general anesthesia, according to Abergel. In addition, he claims a short recovery period, with minimal discomfort, and bruising and swelling are nearly undetectable. Patients who are having facial areas treated are typically able to return to work within 48 hours, while all other patients are usually able to return to work the next day.