Author(s): Heymans O, Castus P, Grandjean FX, Van Zele D
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Abstract Liposuction is currently the most frequently performed aesthetic operation in the world. Despite its wide-spread popularity, it should nevertheless be stated that it is not trivial surgery, not always benign and not as safe as intimated in the glossy office brochures. Since the initial description of liposuction, numerous changes have taken place. Today, surgical indications are well defined and the liposuction procedure is well codified. However, several surgeons and manufacturers have developed new equipment and techniques. We propose to survey all the techniques showing the real place of each of them. Their advantages and disadvantages will be discussed. The various techniques dealt with are: the wetting solution techniques, standard liposuction or Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty (SAL), internal Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (iUAL), VASSER assisted liposuction, external Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (eUAL), Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL), Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) and Vibroliposuction (VL). On the basis of this review of the literature and of our clinical experience, we conclude that VL is the safest, most effective and precise surgery that can be used in any of the modern indications for liposuction. We concluded that VL seems to have all the advantages and none of the disadvantages associated with iUAL.
This article was published in Acta Chir Belg
and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology