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Aesthetic Plast Surg. 1991 Winter;15(1):73-9.

Functional applications of suction-assisted lipectomy: a new treatment for old disorders.

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Kettering Medical Center, Plastic Surgery Department, OH 45429.

Abstract

Ever since the introduction of suction-assisted lipectomy in the United States in 1981, the technique has been applied to an increasing number of disorders of the subcutaneous tissues. Indeed, suction-assisted lipectomy has evolved into the method of choice in the treatment of certain pathological entities. While the extraction of lipomas is the most common functional application, suction-assisted lipectomy has also been used successfully to treat such conditions as gynecomastia, axillary hyperhidrosis, benign symmetric lipomatosis (Madelung's disease), congenital body asymmetry, congenital or acquired lymphedema, flap defatting, traumatic or postoperative hematomas, and fat necrosis. We have successfully treated patients presenting with the above disorders. No morbidities or mortalities were encountered in our series of 18 patients. The final results were considered favorable by the majority of patients. Acceptance by the patients of this treatment modality was extremely high because of the smaller incisions required, the exactness in contouring, the simple and minimal postoperative care needed, and the ease with which the procedure can be repeated to refine the results. A comprehensive review of the literature is presented along with our own patient management and long-term results.

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