Lipoabdominoplasty my way - the `lock and glue` tummy tuck

Posted on the 20 April 2012 at 11:29

Lipoabdominoplasty (tummy tuck) is a common plastic surgery operation. The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) reported 3,147 patients operated by BAAPS members in 2010. It is very effective for correction of skin overhang and muscle laxity after weight loss or pregnancies. These conditions are not addressed well by liposuction alone or any of the popular skin tightening devices in the market.

From June 2010 to October 2011, I started an innovative approach combining internal locking stitches, tissue glue and local anaesthetic infusion pumps without the use of drains (tubes left within the abdominal wound to drain excess blood and body fluids) on all my lipoabdominoplasty patients. The result was greater comfort for the patients, earlier mobilisation, earlier discharge and less risk of complications. The quilting and liposuction was effective in creating a more athletic looking abdomen with greater definitions. I call this the 'lock and glue' tummy tuck.

This was presented as a poster at our recent  BAAPS Annual Meeting at the International Convention Center in Birmingham and we won the top prize!

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