Some Plastic Surgeons Prefer Traditional Liposuction, Survey Finds

In a survey published in the February issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal, the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) found that many of its members prefer more traditional liposuction methods to newer techniques.

The survey asked members about various liposuction techniques including newer technologies. It found that overall, most respondents perform between 51 and 100 liposuctions per year and they said traditional liposuction was their preferred method over other techniques such as Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction or Laser-assisted Liposuction.

Jamil Ahmad, MD, lead author of the survey 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.”

Ahmad went on to say that surgeon preferences may change as they become more experienced with newer methods and continue to improve patient safety standards.

According to ASAPS member, Steven Ringler, MD, the reluctance of many of his colleagues to embrace the newer technology may stem from the fact that providers outside the field of plastic surgery were the first to adopt laser -assisted liposuction services. Ringler stated, “I have been providing body-contouring services to my patients for over twenty years, and I have found some of the newer technologies like the SmartLipo Triplex, Body-Jet (water assisted liposuction), Power-Assisted Liposuction, and CoolSculpting by Zeltiq are providing excellent options for the right patient.” Ringler added, “The newer technologies are safe and effective, provide for quicker recovery, less bruising and swelling than traditional SAL, and that is something patients today look for when choosing body-contouring services.”

Members surveyed also said they encourage on-going training of those in the aesthetic field, but are concerned about some doctors practicing outside their field of expertise. This stresses the importance of ensuring your surgeon is specifically trained and experienced to perform any procedure you will undergo.

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