Combined liposuction/tummy tuck offers best of both procedures, study suggests

Combined liposuction/tummy tuck offers best of both procedures, study suggests

A combined technique of liposuction and tummy tuck —- designed to reduce surgical trauma —- provides excellent patient outcomes with a low complication rate, reports a new study.

via ScienceDaily: Cosmetic Surgery News:

Aug. 20, 2013 — A combined technique of liposuction and tummy tuck — designed to reduce surgical trauma — provides excellent patient outcomes with a low complication rate, reports a study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery — Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).ASPS Member Surgeon Dr. Eric Swanson, a plastic surgeon in private practice in Leawood, Kan., presents an in-depth report on his experience with a combined technique of liposuction and abdominoplasty in a large series of patients over five years. He writes, “Liposuction and abdominoplasty, individually and in combination, may be performed safely with appropriate measures to reduce complications by minimizing tissue trauma.”Detailed Analysis of Combined ‘Lipoabdominoplasty’ In the combined “lipoabdominoplasty” procedure, patients initially underwent ultrasonic liposuction to remove excess fat from the abdomen and flanks (love handles). Liposuction was followed by abdominoplasty — or “tummy tuck” — to eliminate excess abdominal tissue and loose skin. Outcomes after lipoabdominoplasty in 150 patients were compared to liposuction alone in 384 patients and abdominoplasty alone in 17 patients.Notably, no liposuction patients developed seromas–collections of fluid under the skin–which is attributed to limited ultrasound to reduce tissue trauma. There was a low (five percent) rate of seromas after abdominoplasty. Dr. Swanson writes that seromas have led some plastic surgeons to leave behind some abdominal fat and connective tissue during abdominoplasty in an effort to reduce this risk. He believes that preserving this excess tissue is unnecessary and compromises the cosmetic result.Less-Traumatic Technique Limits Complications The study demonstrates that by using shorter periods of ultrasound and eliminating the traditional use of electrodissection during surgery, the risk of seromas may be minimized while at the same time achieving excellent cosmetic outcomes. …

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Combined liposuction/tummy tuck offers best of both procedures, study suggests

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