The Safety of SAFELipo Liposuction

Are you considering liposuction? Have you heard of the new and improved SAFELipo procedure?

A new procedure called SAFELipo, discussed in our recent blog, has been proven to be both safe and effective. Dr. Kara is one of the few exclusive plastic surgeons that are trained in this groundbreaking surgical procedure.

While it is true that a recent study has confirmed this procedure is both safe and effective, it gets its name from the unique process: Separation, Aspiration and Fat Equalization.

A 2016 study published by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons looked at the results of the SAFELipo procedure on patients undergoing this form of liposuction on various treatment areas, including the chest, face, arms, neck, midsection, legs and flanks.1

The study focused on 129 patients who had undergone the procedure between 2006 and 2011 with the creator of the process, Dr. Wall Jr. The study focused on patients who had undergone SAFELipo only, meaning they did not include patients that underwent combined procedures. This decision was to ensure that any issues or complications that may have arisen were isolated. The study found that there were no instances of major complications for all patients that formed part of the study. Five of the 129 participants did present with seroma following surgery, which is a fluid build up from the surgery; however, there was otherwise no complications presenting in the participants. The patients with seroma had this issue successfully resolved in their follow up visit.2

The study demonstrated that the procedure is safe, but additionally it demonstrated that the procedure is effective. Of all participants, there were no instances of contour deformities, meaning that the unique procedure can remove excess fat without causing any skin irregularities. There is an extremely low chance of patients having wavy, uneven or irregular skin following surgery.3

Overall, the study concluded that SAFELipo is useful for many treatment areas; can effectively remove a significant amount of fat; does not damage any tissue or blood vessels; reduces the risk of complications as compared to other liposuction procedures; and, can successfully avoid skin irregularities.4

1 Wall, Simeon H. Jr.; Lee, Michael R. Separation, Aspiration, and Fat Equalization: SAFE Liposuction Concepts for Comprehensive Body Contouring, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery: 2016; 138(6): 1192-1201
2 Ibid.
3 Ibid.
4 Ibid.