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Permanent Benefits of Liposuction are Better for Body Contouring than Cellulite Treatments,
New Plastic Surgery Research Shows
October 21, 1999
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL - Body contouring techniques
that combine ultrasound-assisted liposuction with suction-assisted liposuction
offer results that are permanent while cellulite treatments with endermologie
or cellulite cream provide little or no improvement. This is the conclusion
of two clinical studies recently published in Plastic and Reconstructive
Surgery(PRS), the official medical journal of the American Society of
Plastic Surgeons and the most widely read plastic surgery journal in the
"All new technologies are not necessarily effective," said Rod
Rohrich, MD, professor and chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, University
of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "There are a number
ofnew treatments for cellulite that may be safe, but many are not effective.
We need to conduct more studies on these new technologies to obtain accurate
scientific data. This will enable us to better inform the public and our
patients about these so-called new treatments for cellulite.
A study published in the September 1999 issue of PRS (Vol. 104, No.4)
comprised 52 patients in a randomized, controlled trial of two cellulite
therapies. One group used a cream containing aminophylline, while a second
group received treatments with an endermologie machine, a device approved
by the Food and Drug Administration. A third group received both the cream
and endermologie treatments. Assessments made by both patients and investigators
found little if any improvement in any of the patients. The study concluded
that neither aminophylline cream or endermologie is effective in the treatment
"Studies have shown that by using ultrasound-assisted liposuction
and suction-assisted liposuction together, we can achieve improved contour
results," said Dr. Rohrich. "But combining the two techniques
requires specific training and experience in body contouring."
A study published in the April, 1998 issue of PRS (Vol. 101, No. 4) reviewed
the records of 114 consecutive patients treated with ultrasound-assisted
liposuction over a 12-month period and showed that combining the two liposuction
technologies enhances results, reduces treatment times and minimizes complications.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction removes fat through an emulsification
process in which fat is "melted" and suctioned out. It is especially
effective in dense, fibrous areas such as the buttocks, back and male
breast. While there have been advances in the use of suction-assisted
liposuction, it has limitations in achieving consistent results in some
Liposuction is the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedure.
Good candidates for body contouring through liposuction should be healthy
and within 30 percent of their ideal body weight. Patients need to have
realistic expectations and be motivated to make changes in diet and exercise
to enhance and optimize their results.
When considering liposuction, patients should consult a board-certified
ASPS represents physicians certified by the American Board of Plastic
Surgery (ABPS) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
By choosing an ASPS member plastic surgeon, patients are assured that
the physician has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed
at least five years of additional residency, usually three years of general
surgery and two years of plastic surgery. To be certified by ABPS, a physician
must also practice plastic surgery for two years and pass comprehensive
written and oral examinations. Consumers can call the Plastic Surgery
Information Service at 1-800-635-0635 or access the ASPS web site at www.plasticsurgery.org
to find a plastic surgeon in their area.
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