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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 105-109

Objective quantification of liposuction results

1 Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
2 Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3 Department of Anesthesia and Experimental Surgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Correspondence Address:
Mirko Gilardino
Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, H. B. Williams Craniofacial and Cleft Surgery Unit, The Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Centre, 1001 Decarie Boulevard, B05.3310, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3J1
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DOI: 10.4103/JCAS.JCAS_102_18

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Currently, no reliable gold standard exists for the objective outcome measurement following liposuction. The purpose of this systematic review was to summarize reported methods of monitoring liposuction results by objectively measuring subcutaneous adipose tissue. A systematic literature search was performed to identify relevant articles that described techniques for objectively quantifying adipose tissue following traditional liposuction. The search included published articles in three electronic databases—Ovid MEDLINE, Embase, and PubMed. Subcutaneous adipose tissue was estimated using the following techniques: ultrasound, dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, and three-dimensional imaging volumetric analysis. Reported benefits of liposuction objective measurements included providing patients with a quantitative assessment of the liposuction results pre- and postoperatively, detecting significant changes in body fat deposits, and following patterns of fat redistribution. This review provides a summary of various techniques for quantification of liposuction results. More studies are needed to study the clinical relevancy and impact of the various imaging modalities reviewed as well as to develop automated volumetric measurement technology with improved accuracy, efficacy, and reproducibility.

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