Traditional Liposuction Techniques Preferred Over Modern Trends, According to Recent Survey

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A recent survey done by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reveals physicians prefer traditional liposuction to other, more modern techniques.

“Our survey found that ASAPS members tend to more frequently employ the fat removal methods that have the longest track records and the most data to support their efficacy and safety.”

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, an organization composed of physicians specializing in cosmetic surgery, released a survey indicating that 492 surgeons (51.4 percent) prefer a traditional liposuction technique called suction-assisted lipoplasty (SAL) to other methods. SAL was deemed the most popular method of fat removal by cosmetic surgeons.

Following suction-assisted lipoplasty in popularity is a technique called power-assisted liposuction, or PAL. This procedure is similar to suction-assisted liposuction except PAL employs a vibrating tube that makes the removal of fat easier.

The next most popular technique is the ultrasound-assisted liposuction, or the UAL. With this method, the fat is first liquefied by sound waves allowing it to be suctioned easier.

ASAPS members voted the least popular methods being the laser-assisted liposuction and recent non-invasive techniques including the external ultrasound. A mere five percent found these methods to be favored.

Survey leader, Dr. Jamil Ahmad commented that lack of supporting evidence is perhaps why newer methods are not favored to the more traditional, trusted methods. He said, “Our survey found that ASAPS members tend to more frequently employ the fat removal methods that have the longest track records and the most data to support their efficacy and safety.” Once the newer methods gain more support, a future survey may reveal a shift of preferences from the ASAPS members.

Dr. Lapuerta of the Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas agrees noting, “With safety and persistent excellent results, I tend to stick with the established and proven techniques available. However, it’s also essential to listen to the client and if she feels that a newer technique will yield her desired results, we’ll consider this during the consultations. It is important to keep options open.”

Survey respondents pointed to their observations that the more modern techniques of fat removal tended to be associated with complications than their traditional counterparts. However, alternatives to the traditional approach shouldn’t be ignored- especially if certain treatments are getting overwhelmingly good feedback from individual patients.

Cosmetic surgeons are known to recommend the tried-and-true methods keeping in mind that safety and consistent results are the first priorities. Caution and research can help in sorting out which methods are best for an individual, but siding with the majority of the physicians is also a well enough approach.

About Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas

The Plastic Surgery Institute of Southeast Texas is the private practice of triple-board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Leo Lapuerta. It offers a wide variety of plastic surgery procedures such as breast enhancement, body contouring, and facial plastic surgery. Dr. Lapuerta serves patients in the Houston area at three locations: 1919 LaBranch, 11800 Astoria Boulevard, and 2360 County Road 94 in Pearland. Dr. Lapuerta is board certified in general surgery, plastic surgery, and surgery of the hand. He has hospital privileges at several area hospitals. Dr. Lapuerta is also the director of the Clinical Skin Care Center.

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