Yves-Gerard Illouz, prominent French plastic surgeon has passed away. Dr. Illouz developed the modern technique of liposuction, and presented this in 1982. I was lucky enough to have been at one of the first lectures he did in the United States around 1987 here in Houston. Back then, the tumescent technique of liposuction, in which large volumes of fluid and medication are infiltrated into the fatty space to decrease blood loss had not been developed. I remember in his lecture that he stated the maximum volume to be removed would be 2 liters. Nowadays, that would be a fairly small amount for an average liposuction. Dr. Illouz was a true innovator and gentleman.