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J Cutan Aesthet Surg. 2011 May;4(2):122-8. doi: 10.4103/0974-2077.85035.

Evaluation of Tissue Tightening by the Subdermal Nd: YAG Laser-Assisted Liposuction Versus Liposuction Alone.

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Clinica Goldman Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Skin tightening is a desirable outcome for skin flaccidity.

OBJECTIVE:

We evaluated the applicability, safety, capacity and intensity of skin tightening with the subdermal 1,064 nm Nd: YAG laser application to the upper arms, and compared the results with liposuction.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Patients with lipodystrophy and mild-to-severe skin laxity of the arms were included (n=28). In half of patients, a single treatment with a subcutaneous laser and liposuction was performed, while the other 14 had a regular liposuction. Treatment parameters, adverse effects and photographic documentation were recorded.

RESULTS:

Aesthetic improvement and skin retraction was superior by laser lipolysis. The procedure was well tolerated without significant complications.

CONCLUSIONS:

The subdermal laser-assisted liposuction using a 1,064 nm Nd: YAG laser achieves improved skin tightening.

KEYWORDS:

Laser lipolysis; liposuction; skin tightening

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