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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 122-128

Evaluation of tissue tightening by the subdermal Nd: Yag laser-assisted liposuction versus liposuction alone


1 Clinica Goldman Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
2 Department of Dermatology and Allergology, Hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt, Academic Teaching Hospital of the Technical University of Dresden, Dresden, Germany
3 Department of Statistics, Instituto de Matemática - Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

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Alberto Goldman
Av. Augusto Meyer 163 conj. 1203, Porto Alegre RS, 90550-110
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.85035

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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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