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Evidence-Based Patient Safety Advisory: Liposuction

Haeck, Phillip C. M.D.; Swanson, Jennifer A. B.S., M.Ed.; Gutowski, Karol A. M.D.; Basu, C Bob M.D., M.P.H.; Wandel, Amy G. M.D.; Damitz, Lynn A. M.D.; Reisman, Neal R. M.D., J.D.; Baker, Stephen B. M.D., D.D.S.the ASPS Patient Safety Committee

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: October 2009 - Volume 124 - Issue 4S - p 28S-44S
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3181b52fcd

Summary: Liposuction is considered to be one of the most frequently performed plastic surgery procedures in the United States, yet despite the popularity of liposuction, there is relatively little scientific evidence available on patient safety issues. This practice advisory provides an overview of various techniques, practices, and management strategies that pertain to individuals undergoing liposuction, and recommendations are offered for each issue to ensure and enhance patient safety.

Arlington Heights, Ill.

From the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ Patient Safety Committee.

Received for publication March 3, 2009; accepted May 27, 2009.

Approved by the ASPS Executive Committee, January 10, 2009.

The members of the ASPS Patient Safety Committee are listed at the end of this article.

Disclosure:The authors have no financial interests related to this article.

Phillip C. Haeck, M.D., 901 Boren Avenue, Suite 1650, Seattle, Wash. 98104-3508,

©2009American Society of Plastic Surgeons