Vasileios Vasilakis, Matthew H. Isakson, Feras Yamin, Bill G. Kortesis, Gaurav Bharti, Joseph P. Hunstad
Background: In attempting to overcome the challenges associated with arm contouring, arm liposuction has been an area of focus in recent years. In appropriately selected patients, circumferential liposuction is the procedure of choice. The objective of this study is to describe our experience with the four-position four-entry site circumferential arm liposuction technique.
Methods: All consecutive circumferential liposuction procedures that took place at our ambulatory surgical facility from January 2015 to November 2019 were retrospectively reviewed. The four-position four-entry site circumferential arm liposuction technique is described, and photographs as well as videos are presented.
Results: A total of 35 patients underwent circumferential bilateral arm liposuction via the four-position four-entry site technique. All patients were female, and their average age was 43 years. The average BMI was 28.4 kg/m2, and the average follow-up was 481 days. The average volume of lipoaspirate was 1,514 ml per patient, and the average volume of aspirated fat was 1,052 ml per patient. There was no incident of infection, seroma, bleeding event or venous thromboembolism.
Conclusions: For the right candidate, the four-entry site four-position circumferential arm liposuction is an efficient and reproducible technique, which produces predictable and pleasing results.
APYX® MEDICAL DISCLOSURES:
FINANCIAL & CONTENT DISCLOSURE
The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article. No funding was received for this article. Drs DiBernardo, Bharti, and Kortesis are paid consultants for Apyx Medical, and Dr Duncan is a member of Apyx Medical’s Medical Advisory Board. The opinions contained herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of Apyx Medical, Inc.
Apyx Medical manufactures and owns the Renuvion®/J-Plasma® technology discussed in this article.
INDICATIONS FOR USE & INTENDED USE DISCLOSURES
- The Renuvion APR Handpiece is intended for the delivery of radiofrequency energy and/or helium plasma for cutting, coagulation, and ablation of soft tissue during open surgical procedures.
- The Renuvion APR Handpiece is indicated for use in subcutaneous dermatological and aesthetic procedures to improve the appearance of lax (loose) skin in the neck and submental region.
- The Renuvion APR Handpiece is intended to be used with compatible electrosurgical generators owned by Apyx Medical (specifically BVX-200H, BVX-200P, APYX-200H, APYX-200P, APYX-RS3, and APYX-JS3).
- Apyx Medical wants to present you with current scientific discourse. Specific usage outside of the cleared indications may not be safe or effective.
- The use of Renuvion with liposuction has not been approved or cleared by the FDA.
- As with all energy devices there are inherent risks associated with its use. Risk associated with the use of the Renuvion APR may include: helium embolism into the surgical site due to inadvertent introduction into the venous or arterial blood supply system, unintended burns (deep or superficial), pneumothorax, temporary or permanent nerve injury, ischemia, fibrosis, infection, pain, discomfort, gas buildup resulting in temporary and transient crepitus or pain, bleeding, hematoma, seroma, subcutaneous induration, pigmentation changes, increased healing time, scarring, asymmetry and/or unacceptable cosmetic result.
As with any procedure, individual results may vary. As with all energy devices there are inherent risks associated with its use, refer to the IFU for further information.