1440 nm laser-assisted liposuction is a safe and highly effective aesthetic procedure, a recent study published in the ISAPS journal illustrates. This pioneering study “1000 Consecutive Cases of Laser-Assisted Liposuction Utilizing the 1440 nm Wavelength Nd: YAG Laser: Assessing the Safety and Efficacy,” is co-authored by Dr. Christopher Chia and Dr. Spero Theodorou, leading plastic surgeons at bodySCULPT®, a reliable AAAASF-accredited plastic surgery practice in New York City. The study reviews 1000 consecutive laser-assisted liposuction (LAL) cases utilizing the 1440 nm laser wavelength, and the emphasis was on the complication rates and the need for revision procedures. The study team points out that to their knowledge, this is the first and largest series of laser-assisted liposuction cases using the 1440 nm wavelength Nd: YAG laser.
This informative article highlights the improvements and advancements in the liposuction procedure, which has retained its position as one of the most popular aesthetic surgeries for body contouring over the past four decades. The study focuses on the safety and efficacy of laser-assisted liposuction procedures performed and reviewed on around 1000 consecutive cases. All operations were done in an AAAASF (American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities)-accredited office-based operating room by the two senior plastic surgeons Dr. Christopher T. Chia and Dr. Spero J. Theodorou.
For the study, the surgeons used the 1440 nm wavelength Nd: YAG laser to emulsify the deep and intermediate layers of subcutaneous fat following tumescent infiltration. The platform used in this study was Cynosure’s Smartlipo Triplex that includes safety mechanisms such as an internal thermostat and accelerometer. Advancements in anesthesia, improvements in instrumentation, better understanding of fluid dynamics and the addition of energy to liposuction have led to better outcomes with improved safety and efficacy.
Fourteen different anatomic areas were treated that included the neck, triceps, axilla, male chest, bra roll, flanks, hips, abdomen, mons pubis, inner thighs, outer thighs, knees, calves and ankles. Apart from one minor complication that was solved through non-surgical management, there were no major issues such as burns, hospitalizations or mortalities following the procedure.
The article concludes that energy-assisted liposuction represents a critical improvement in the continuously evolving field of body contouring surgery.
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