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    Syringe liposuction

    Dr. DavisCherry Hill, N.J., plastic surgeon Steven L. Davis, MD, says he has and uses all that’s new in fat removal and body sculpting. But there are certain cases — when patients have pesky fat pockets at the bra line, under the chin, around the axilla (that lady lump) or inside the knees — when he might suggest that patients consider something much simpler.

    The in-office procedure he markets as FLASH (which stands for Fat Lipo Away Same Hour) uses a small cannula attached to a syringe to permanently remove small fat pockets, without patients having to wait four to six weeks to see results.

    The good news for plastic and cosmetic surgeons is that there’s no need to buy expensive equipment, and they can use their skills and experience in liposuction and body sculpting to do it.

    Dr. Davis says that for experienced liposuction and body sculpting surgeons, FLASH offers a niche option to patients who might not be ideal candidates for CoolSculpting (Zeltiq) or Kybella (Allergan), but also don’t quite need (or want) laser-, ultrasound- or radiofrequency-assisted liposuction.

    “For a patient that comes in and says she really hates the fat that’s on the inside of her knees, you could pull out your big guns and talk about all the [high-tech devices] you have. But, at the end of the day, this lady wants to go to the beach by next week and not have that pocket of fat there. She doesn’t want to take time off from work [to come in for a touchup],” Dr. Davis says.

    The solution, according to the plastic surgeon, might be as simple as using a very fine liposuction cannula, making a small incision, using a local anesthetic and suctioning the fat.

    “We’re using cannulas that literally have an end to them that will screw onto a Luer lock syringe. It should be a very fine cannula — maybe the size of a coffee stirrer or small straw. At the opposite end of it, it will have multiple openings to help you suck out the fat,” he says.

    There are variations to Dr. Davis’s approach. He chooses cannula heads based on the area he’s treating. A pocket with a bulkier amount of fat, would require a more rounded head, for example.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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