IL (March 10, 2000) - While liposuction has existed as a popular
cosmetic surgery treatment for more than 25 years, recent advances
in surgical instruments have made the procedure safer and more
aesthetically pleasing than ever. In particular, the use of powered
liposuction implements has advanced both the science and the art of
this body-contouring procedure.
Speaking at the
2000 annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr.
William P. Coleman, III, of Metairie, Louisiana, discussed the
latest innovations in liposuction instruments. A leading expert in
the development of both techniques and equipment to enhance the
results of this surgery, Dr. Coleman spoke enthusiastically of the
precision, safety and natural sculpting that the new implements
"The trend over
the last decade has been the use of smaller diameter cannulas to
permit easier penetration through the fat and more refined
sculpting," said Dr. Coleman, president of the American Society of
Dermatologic Surgery. "The recent introduction of ultrasonic
liposuction stimulated increased interest in more advanced
techniques and high-tech tools."
ultrasonic procedures, while enabling physicians to withdraw fat
from more fibrous areas of the body such as the male breasts and
flanks, have their drawbacks. In particular, Dr. Coleman noted
seromas and occasional skin burns as potential problems associated
with ultrasonic liposuction.
technological achievement was the introduction of powered
liposuction instruments. "Powered instruments allow the surgeon to
remove fat cells more thoroughly," Dr. Coleman said. "This more
complete and more even removal of the fat creates a smoother, more
natural look in the patient."
refinements described by Dr. Coleman include an oscillating cannula
and a reciprocating cannula that offer several mechanical
advantages. The oscillating cannula is lightweight for comfort and
ergonomically easy to use. The tapered shape of the cannula tip
allows easy burrowing through subcutaneous tissue, and the cannula
can remove fat while being held in one place, providing more
precise, defined sculpturing in sensitive areas.
reciprocating cannula systems produce a powered "to and fro" motion
that stimulates the manually driven action of standard cannulas
without the operator fatigue experienced with traditional
liposuction," reported Dr. Coleman.
liposuction equipment has greatly expanded the body areas that now
respond well to treatment, such as the neck, all parts of the arms
and legs, and fibrous areas like the upper torso. Other advantages
of powered liposuction include minimal bleeding, rapid recovery
time, and highly satisfying results. Moreover, many patients liken
the feeling of the reciprocating cannula to that of a vibrating
massage. Very few negative side effects have been
Dr. Coleman also
pointed out the tremendous safety record of powered liposuction
using local tumescent anesthesia when performed by dermatologic
surgeons in outpatient settings. "Despite sensationalized reports to
the contrary, tumescent liposuction as performed by qualified
dermatologic surgeons is one of the safest cosmetic surgery
procedures in America," he stated.
Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) was founded in 1970 to
promote excellence in the field of dermatologic surgery and to
foster the highest standards of patient care. For more information
on liposuction treatment, skin surgery and referrals to doctors in
specific geographic areas, please contact the ASDS Consumer Hotline,
1-800-441-ASDS (2737), during weekday business hours or log on at http://www.asds-net.org/.