37170 Lipoabdominoplasty with Progressive Tension Suture and PAL(Power assisted lipoplasty)

Saturday, September 29, 2018: 9:05 AM
Mingu Kang, MD, PhD , BongBong Plastic Surgery Clinic, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South)

Background: Abdominoplasty is a commonly performed aesthetic surgical procedure worldwide.

Classic abdominoplasty was merged with liposuction in the past decade to create a new technique—lipoabdominoplasty—that was proven to be safe and effective and that improves body contour.1

Also, PAL(power assisted lipoplasty) is a handy, atraumatic, time- and fatigue-sparing technique.2

In this article, we describe lipoabdominoplasty with the effectiveness of progressive traction suture (PTS) technique and PAL.

 Methods: Twenty two patients were identified with a mean age of 39 years, mean BMI of 21.8 kg/m2 and mean follow-up time of 20 months . All patients underwent lipoabdominoplasty with PAL(Microaire) throughout the abdomen and flanks. Abdominal rectus plication was performed in 100% of cases. All patients were operated on under general anesthesia and stayed overnight in our clinic.

Results: No patients developed seroma. Scar revisions were needed in 18%. Residual liposuction was applied under sedation in one patient.

Conclusions: The lipoabdominoplasty with progressive tension sutures and PAL can correct abdominal deformities more effectively and with fewer complications than traditional abdominoplasty.


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  2. Scuderi N, Tenna S, Spalvieri C, De Gado F. Power-assisted lipoplasty versus traditional suction-assisted lipoplasty: comparative evaluation and analysis of output Aesthetic Plast Surg 2005;29:49-52