Liposuction is gaining in popularity with physicians other than plastic surgeons, with whom the procedure was traditionally performed.
Despite the popularity of liposuction during the 1980s and 1990s, the demand for the procedure has seen a gradual decline since the year 2000. The industry has since transitioned towards minimally invasive or non-surgical alternatives. As a result liposuction procedures have declined in popularity with plastic surgeons but have become more popular with general practitioners. Due to new technologies and techniques that make liposuction more accessible to non-specialist practitioners (such as gynecologists and obstetricians), there has been growth in so-called “spot” procedures. While less complex than traditional liposuction, in these procedures a smaller amount of fat is removed from localized areas of the body.