Author(s): Kesselring UK
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Abstract Our experience with the original suction lipectomy is presented. The fat removal, done with a specially designed suction tube, is performed layerwise, creating a continuous, regular cavity that is transformed into a virtual space by compressive dressings. The main indication being excessive peritrochanteric fat pads, the operation is done under either epidural or general anesthesia. No antibiotics or anticoagulants are administered, and the patients are mobilized as soon as fully awake. Practicing suction-assisted lipectomy for more than seven years, we have never observed an infection, thrombosis, or fat embolism. In experienced hands, good results can be expected in about 80 percent of patients. Complications are almost always of an aesthetic nature as a result of bad indications. The method is not a surgical treatment for severe obesity.
This article was published in Plast Reconstr Surg
and referenced in Reconstructive Surgery & Anaplastology