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Liposuction and Tummy Tuck Improve Quality of Life, Reports Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Study is first of its kind to assess patient-reported outcomes of procedures to reduce abdominal fat
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Arlington Heights, Ill.-
Patients undergoing cosmetic liposuction and/or abdominoplasty ("tummy
tuck") procedures report significant improvements in self-esteem and
quality of life, according to a study in the April issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Outcomes are especially good with liposuction
plus "tummy tuck," although they include somewhat higher pain scores
and longer recovery times, reports the new study by ASPS Member Surgeon
Dr. Eric Swanson, MD, a plastic surgeon in private practice in Leawood,
Study Shows Improved Quality of Life and Other Benefits
Swanson formally evaluated quality of life and other outcomes in 360
patients undergoing liposuction and/or abdominoplasty to remove excess
abdominal fat. About 60 percent of patients underwent liposuction alone,
while 35 percent underwent a combination of liposuction and
abdominoplasty. The rest underwent abdominoplasty alone.
The patients' average age was 42 years; 85 percent were women. Thirty
percent of patients underwent other cosmetic plastic surgery procedures
(such as face lift or breast augmentation) at the same time. Outcomes
were assessed an average of four months after surgery.
Patients undergoing liposuction alone had shorter recovery times:
average time off work was about six days, compared to 16 days with
abdominoplasty (with or without liposuction). The liposuction-only
patients also had less discomfort: average pain score 6 out of 10,
compared to 7.5 for those undergoing abdominoplasty.
Combined Procedure Yields Best Results
undergoing abdominoplasty rated their cosmetic outcomes higher than
others: average score 9 out of 10, compared to 8 out of 10 with
liposuction only. Liposuction plus abdominoplasty produced the highest
patient satisfaction rate-over 99 percent-with no increase in pain
compared to abdominoplasty alone.
Ninety-eight percent of patients undergoing liposuction plus
abdominoplasty said they would undergo the procedure again and 99
percent that they would recommend it to others.
Overall, 86 percent of patients reported an improved sense of
self-esteem after surgery. About 70 percent reported improved quality of
life, more commonly after liposuction plus abdominoplasty.
Quality of life is an increasingly important focus measure of
effectiveness for all types of medical and surgical treatments. Even
though liposuction and abdominoplasty are among the most frequently
performed cosmetic surgery procedures, few studies have formally
evaluated their impact on quality of life and other patient-reported
"Liposuction and abdominoplasty, individually and in combination,
produce high rates of patient satisfaction and reliably improve
self-esteem," Dr. Swanson writes. By formally assessing these important
outcomes in a large number of patients, he hopes his study will provide a
clearer picture of the expected results and recovery times associated
with these widely performed cosmetic surgery procedures.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Experience Shows Immediate Reconstruction Is Safe, Doesn't Delay Treatment
HEIGHTS, Ill. - For women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer,
immediate breast reconstruction has a low risk of complications -
including serious complications related to radiation therapy - and does
not cause undue delays in cancer treatment, reports a study in the July
issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
The results alleviate concerns that immediate reconstruction leads to
increased complications and other problems after mastectomy. "These
findings make a strong argument for immediate reconstruction regardless
of cancer stage," according to the study by ASPS Member Christopher A.
Crisera, MD of UCLA Medical Center and colleagues.
Benefits of Immediate Reconstruction Are Achieved with Low Complication Rates
The researchers evaluated a significant number of women with advanced
breast cancer who underwent breast reconstruction immediately after
mastectomy. Over a ten-year period, immediate reconstruction was
performed on 170 women, including reconstruction of both breasts in 13
patients. The reconstructions were mainly done using tissues from the
abdominal area (TRAM flaps).
The outcomes of immediate breast reconstruction were analyzed,
focusing on complication rates, timing of other cancer treatments and
cosmetic results. The goal was to determine whether the proven benefits
of immediate reconstruction were justified in terms of the risks and
possible adverse effects.
There were 15 major complications: a rate of 8.8 percent. The
complications led to delays in further cancer treatments (chemotherapy
and/or radiation) in only eight patients, with a maximum delay of three
weeks. Fifteen women had recurrent breast cancer during follow-up;
immediate reconstruction did not cause any delays in recognizing these
An important goal of the study was to determine whether immediate
reconstruction contributed to any complications of radiation therapy for
breast cancer. Long-term follow-up of 69 women undergoing radiation
therapy found a 30 percent rate of relatively minor flap shrinkage.
However, only about 10 percent of women had severe breast distortion.
"Importantly, the overall cosmetic outcome in patients who received
postoperative radiation was comparable to those who did not," Dr.
Crisera and colleagues write.
For women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer, immediate breast
reconstruction offers several advantages over delayed reconstruction,
including improved cosmetic outcomes, shorter recovery time, and
decreased costs. Immediate reconstruction is also an important coping
mechanism associated with improved quality of life and a reduced risk of
depression. Yet there's continued debate over its use, with some
surgeons fearing immediate reconstruction will increase the risk of
complications or delay further cancer treatments.
The new study of immediate breast reconstruction is one of the
largest to date. The results suggest that immediate reconstruction is
safe and well tolerated by patients, and does not lead to an increased
risk of complications. Delays in further treatment appear comparable to
those of women undergoing mastectomy alone. The study also suggests that
a "vast majority" of women experience no or only minor complications
related to radiation therapy.
The authors hope their results will reassure women with breast cancer
- and their surgeons - that immediate breast reconstruction is a safe
and beneficial alternative to waiting weeks or even months for
reconstruction. Dr. Crisera and c-oauthors believe that the proven
benefits of immediate breast reconstruction should not be denied for
fear of complications or other safety problems.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery® is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Dr. Conrad Tirre attends course on Latest Techniques in Breast Reconstruction
Dr. Tirre attended the Autologous Breast Reconstruction Course in St. Louis on June 4-5, 2010. This course focused on TRAM, Free TRAM, DIEP and Latissimus flaps for breast reconstruction using a woman's own tissue. Currently the majority of breast reconstructions in the United States are done with implants or with pedicled transverse rectus abdominus (TRAM) flaps. While these methods are effective, there are many other reconstructive methods, such as free tissue transfer and other muscle flaps ideal for certain patients.
Breast reconstruction can be performed using an expander/implant placement, TRAM, Free TRAM, DIEP flap or Latissimus flap. Trained in Microsurgery, Dr. Conrad Tirre is able to bring to Denver the reconstructive microsurgical options to keep patients at home during their reconstruction process. Dr. Tirre works closely with breast cancer specialists at several local hospitals educating patients on their many options available. Additionally, Dr. Tirre is one of a few board certified plastic surgeons in Denver offering the DIEP flap for patients.
Dr. Conrad Tirre states, "I hope one day my breast reconstruction services will no longer be needed because we have found the cure for breast cancer. Until that day, I feel it is important to stay up to date on the techniques and options available to help my patients navigate through their reconstruction options."
Patients can arrange for a consultation with Dr. Conrad Tirre by calling 303.832.3965.
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BOTOX COSMETIC NEWS - UPDATED April 2012
Dr. Tirre personally performs your Botox Cosmetic injection. Trusting
your Botox Cosmetic treatment to a plastic surgeon is important given
all the recent press questioning the safety of Botox.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons issued a press release stating
that more than 1 million patients have received Botox Cosmetic.
Complications and adverse effects from Botox Cosmetic treatments are
This is why it is important to have your Botox Cosmetic treatment performed by a
physician. Dr. Tirre personally performs all injections. Botox
Cosmetic is used to treat crow's feet, frown lines between your eyebrows
and forehead wrinkles.
303.832.3965 to schedule your Botox Cosmetic treatment
with Dr. Tirre.
Cosmetic Highlight: Liposuction
Summer is around the corner, and it's time to think about the bathing suits, shorts, and sun dresses. If the season's clothing has you thinking about trimming your figure, and you're close to your ideal body weight, liposuction may be a great choice for you. Diet and exercise can't always reshape the areas you'd like to change. Cosmetic liposuction is a safe, effective and affordable way to contour those parts of the body that tend to retain stubborn fatty deposits, such as the outer thighs (saddle bags), inner thighs, hips, back and bra rolls.
One of the most popular cosmetic surgeries in the United States according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure, and recovery time is minimal. Typically most normal activities can be resumed within one to two weeks. Because the incisions used in liposuction are so small (1/4 inch or less), the procedure leaves very little noticeable scarring. Pain medication can be prescribed to alleviate discomfort after surgery, and a compression garment is worn for several weeks to reduce swelling.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently celebrated the 20 year birthday of liposuction as an aesthetic procedure. Over the years, advances in technology have lead to increased safety and patient satisfaction with liposuction. However, the ASAPS points out that with the number of liposuction practitioners growing, it's more important than ever to choose an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon to attain the best results. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 15 years experience in performing body contouring procedures, Dr. Tirre has extensive knowledge of the aesthetic and medical aspects of liposuction. Whether tumescent, smart liposuction, power assisted, or ultrasonic, he can advise you whether liposuction is right for you. Call us at 303.832.3965 to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Tirre to discuss liposuction or other body-contouring procedures.
PRESS RELEASE FROM GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER IN NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA
Great Plains Regional Medical Center is pleased to welcome plastic surgeon Conrad Tirre, MD, to its staff. Based in Denver, Colorado, Dr. Tirre consults with patients at the GPRMC Outpatient Clinic and performs day surgeries on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
With over fifteen years in private practice, Dr. Tirre is a highly experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. A Level II-accredited workman’s compensation doctor, he works regularly with patients who have sustained injuries on the job. He welcomes patients with a wide variety of plastic or reconstructive surgery concerns. Among the many concerns he addresses in his practice are breast reduction, breast reconstruction, hand surgery, chronic and acute wounds, burn treatment, scar revision and skin lesion removal.
Dr. Tirre also performs cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentations and tummy tucks, as well as facial cosmetic surgery, at surgery centers in Denver. Dr. Tirre offers minimally invasive cosmetic procedures right the GPRMC Outpatient Clinic, including the latest injectable aesthetic products available on the market. Injectable products like Juvederm, Botox, and Prevelle can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and tiny lines or fill out and soften areas of the face, creating a softer, more youthful appearance with minimal downtime. Call Dr. Tirre’s Denver office at 303.832.3965 for more detailed information on these products or a price quote on cosmetic procedures or aesthetic injections. Dr. Tirre also offers free consultations to patients considering cosmetic surgery.
At his practice in Denver, he is actively involved with the Denver Clinic for Extremities at Risk, a nonprofit organization that benefits patients who are at risk for losing a limb due to trauma or disease. He has participated with out-of-state outreach clinics for many years, caring for plastic/reconstructive and hand patients in Kansas and Nebraska. In his free time, Dr. Tirre enjoys golfing, fly fishing, skiing and biking.
Call the GPRMC Outpatient Clinic to schedule an appointment with Dr. Tirre, or feel free to contact his Denver office for more information.
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Breast asymmetry is not uncommon in women; in fact, few women have perfectly symmetrical breasts. Findings from a study released in the November/December 2007issue of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggests that surgical treatment for breast asymmetry (disproportionate breast size) provides an improvement in the quality of life and self-esteem of patients. Read more...
FACELIFTS MAKE A COMEBACK WITH BOOMERS!
ASPS statistics show a sizable increase in Facelifts for Men and Women over 40.
Dr. Tirre completed a course on the latest advances in Facial Rejuvenation and Cosmetic Eyelid Surgery. Read more on this press release and schedule your consultation to "turn back the clock" on aging with Dr. Tirre.