2012 means more innovations in the industry of plastic surgery. While the emergence of new cosmetic surgical methods and groundbreaking technology look promising, patients should ensure that such advancements have stood the test of time prior to considering them seriously.
According to Dr. Michael Beckenstein, an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgeon based in Birmingham, Alabama, patients should select cosmetic surgeons based on qualifications and experiences with certain procedures, and not only because they have the greatest and latest treatments.
As a cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Beckenstein says he feels it is his responsibility to know the advancements in the industry, especially about the services he offers.
Dr. Beckenstein cites a study that appeared in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ official journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, which examined 113 consecutive tummy tuck patients. All patients were checked for seromas – fluid pockets that may develop in the body following a surgery. While he was keen on learning a new advancement in abdominoplasty, the study surprised him on what it found out on suction drains.
The research found out that surgical procedures using progressive tension sutures, extended incisions and liposuctions undermining of deep fatty tissues between the abdominal and superficial muscle tissues led to much better abdominal wall and waist contours, decreasing the need for abdominal drains.
While the study’s findings were a move in the right track, Dr. Beckenstein still advises those who are considering plastic surgery to be more careful on new techniques and products that aren’t time-tested.