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Improving Skin Thickness and Elasticity

As discussed in our article on skin retraction after liposuction, the quality of skin retraction and redraping is an important part of achieving the best Vaser lipo result.  As this depends mainly on the skin’s thickness and elasticity, treatments to improve skin quality are an option that some patients may want to consider before surgery.  In some cases this can also be helpful after surgery (for example, using HIFU). 

This article discusses the mechanisms that allow the skin to improve in quality, and the treatments that can be used to trigger this.  The diagram below illustrates the key elements of this process.  When comparing younger and older skin, we can see that there is an important difference in the amount of collagen and elastin.

Effects of Aging on the Skin

The treatments used for revitalizing and improving the skin work by stimulating it to produce more collagen and elastin.  This is achieved through a process of controlled injuries.  The skin then works to repair the injury, and by doing so, it creates more of these two keys skin components, while also stimulating the increase in connective tissue and blood vessels.  The overall process thickens the skin, and increases its elasticity.  It also generally improves the smoothness of the skin’s surface, reducing wrinkles, and rejuvenating its appearance.  A variety of methods can be used to achieve this, and these are discussed in the following sections.


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Skin Retraction after Liposuction

After any liposuction procedure the volume of the fat layer under the skin is reduced – sometimes dramatically.  Regardless of the amount removed, there is always a question about how well the skin will retract and redrape over the treated area.   Thicker, more elastic skin typically retracts better than thinner older skin.  Factors that affect the skin’s elasticity include the patient’s age, gender, and skin pigmentation type.

From an aesthetic perspective, there is always a trade-off between the amount of body-contour remodeling that can be achieved through the removal of subdermal fat and the post-surgical appearance of the skin as it conforms to its new shape.  Poor skin retraction will result in wrinkles or folds.  Post surgical appearance will also be affected by pre-existing skin issues such as laxity, atrophy, and stretch marks.

As an example, the following photos shows good skin retraction after Vaser liposuction, however, pre-existing stretch marks can still be seen in both the before and after photos. Skin Retraction After Vaser LiposuctionSkin Retraction after Vaser Liposuction

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Fat Transfer Demonstration at BABS Spring 2015 Meeting

Vaser Lipo Used to Demo Fat Transfer Techniques

Dr Chambers - President of the British Association of Body SculptingDr Chambers - President of the British Association of Body Sculpting - Hosts the Spring 2015 MeetingThe Spring 2015 meeting of the British Association of Body Sculpting (BABS), held on the 24th of May, was organised and hosted by Dr Alexandra Chambers at her clinic in the Harley Street enclave in London.  The main topic of the semi-annual meeting was on fat transfer techniques based on liposuction technologies such as Vaser.  Body sculpting is primarily about the removal of fat, and the aesthetic benefits of this approach can be appreciated by comparing liposuction before and after photos.  Fat transfer is an additional tool for reshaping the body, using the patient's own fat cells to fill out and produce a more aesthethic profile.


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