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

Alberto Goldman, Uwe Wollina, Elsa Cristina de Mundstock
Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery 2011, 4 (2): 122-8
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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.

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