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Article
October 1988

Optimizing Suction Lipectomy of the Submental Region

Author Affiliations

Indianapolis

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1988;114(10):1087. doi:10.1001/archotol.1988.01860220021015

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Abstract

At the recent spring meeting of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Palm Beach, Fla, Dr Nathan E. Nachlas, Boca Raton, Fla, and Dr Walter E. Berman, Beverly Hills, Calif, presented a prospective controlled study of 40 consecutive patients who underwent submental liposuction. The plan of the study was to determine whether injecting a steroid (ie, 40 mg/mL of triamcinolone acetonide [Kenalog]) in the submental area preoperatively and using Elastoplast in the postoperative period enhanced the results of suction lipectomy in the submental region. The patients in their study ranged in age from 38 to 75 years. Investigators set up scoring codes, assessing the results at ten days, three weeks, and two months. They judged submental irregularity, the appearance of the jowl, and postoperative photographs. They established minor and major criteria on a rating scale of 0 to 6. The study also offered other technical considerations

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