Dr. Steven Robinson of the Plastic Surgery Group

May 2010


Recently, many liposuction instruments have been fabricated by various companies and sold to Plastic Surgeons and even to physicians with no Plastic Surgery training whatsoever. These instruments are called by various trademarked names and marketed to physicians and the public. This has caused much confusion about liposuction, which technique should be used, and who is qualified to do liposuction. In this article I will discuss the procedure and attempt to alleviate some of this confusion. We will also discuss the names given to these instruments and their marketing.

Some of the names for the different liposuction instruments and techniques now available are: laser liposuction, vaser liposuction, smartlipo (smart liposuction), cool lipo, slimlipo, ultrasonic liposuction, and traditional tumescent liposuction. It is no wonder the public is confused. Most of these instruments accomplish the same thing, with minor variations. Unfortunately in today’s medical marketplace, non-surgeons are attempting to perform these procedures and much of the information given about how these techniques are superior to others is false. It is important to remember that these are real surgical procedures and should only be done be fully trained Plastic Surgeons. The most important aspect of your liposuction is the person doing it – this person should be a board certified Plastic Surgeon.

Laser liposuction uses a laser beam to help break up the fat cells before removing them with the liposuction instrument. This technique has been promoted to non-Plastic Surgeons as an “easier” way to do liposuction. Like other techniques, it does work and the fat removed is gone permanently. However. The laser beam produces heat and some patients have been burned by this technique. You must be sure you are in the hands of a fully trained Plastic Surgeon.

Smartlipo (smart lipo, or smart liposuction) is another form of laser liposuction. It’s name is trademarked by the company that makes the instrument and the rights to use it are sold to doctors. Again, many non-plastic surgeons have been sold this equipment and all the marketing materials that go with it. This is a legitimate technique in properly trained hands, but complications have of laser burns been reported.

Vaser liposuction ( vaserlipo ) uses ultrasonic energy to break up the fat cells before removing them with the liposuction instrument. This technique also works but the biggest disadvantage is that it requires a large, expensive machine. Slimlipo (slim lipo, slim liposuction ) is another laser liposuction that uses a slightly different wavelength of laser light. It is different enough that it can be trademarked.

Tumescent liposuction is the technique with over 20 years of safety data. This is the gold standard by which all other techniques are compared and is still the most commonly used type of liposuction. This is usually my preferred method due to its safety, permanent removal of fat cells, and no use of heat energy that could risk a burn. I have been doing liposuction for over fifteen years and I evaluate a new procedure based on its safety and if it allows me better results than traditional tumescent liposuction. To date, I have been very dissapointed with the results of these newer techniques as being only more of the same. The name is new and the marketing approach is aggressive and glitzy, but the end results are no better.

Again, the most important aspect of your liposuction is the person doing it. The name of the instrument is not nearly as important as the training of the Plastic Surgeon. We have a saying that deserves to be remembered. “Only a Pilot should fly an airplane and only a Plastic Surgeon should do Plastic Surgery.” If you would like further information, please visit my website at www.ohioplasticsurgeons.com. There you can ask me questions directly by email and I will personally and confidentially answer them. You may also call us at (614) 326-4661 with any other questions you may have.

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Recently we have seen many non-plastic surgeon physicians offer plastic surgery procedures to their patients. Many time people do not know that the doctor they are seeing is not a trained, certified Plastic Surgeon. Do not take chances with the education of your surgeon.

A Plastic Surgeon is very strictly defined as a person who has a medical degree, has completed an accredited residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and has passed board examinations given by The American Board of Plastic Surgery. Unfortunately, many non-plastic surgeons are trying to increase their income by offering Plastic Surgery procedures to their patients. They may advertise “credentials” which sound similar to those used by Plastic Surgeons.

So how can you tell the difference?

To begin, one should look at the educational background of the doctor. His or her residency training program should be in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery rather than Dermatology, Otolaryngology (ENT) or Internal Medicine. Only by training in one of these very specialized and rigorous Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery programs can a physician obtain the knowledge base and skill set necessary to function as a Plastic Surgeon. If you do not see the educational background in the physicians literature- just ask. I don’t mind at all when a patient inquires about my training. I am very proud of my extensive training and am happy to talk about it.

Another very important factor in your choice of a Plastic Surgeon must be board certification. Only through the very difficult certification process can you be sure that your surgeon has passed all the necessary prerequisites. While this does not guarantee a perfect surgical result. it gives you the best chance to have your expectations safely met. The ONLY recognized Board in the United States able to certify Plastic Surgeons is The American Board of Plastic Surgery. No other certification is relevant. There are many non-recognized groups who have created their own “boards” with names like The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery, and The American Board of Laser Surgery. These are not the same thing. Don’t be fooled.

Finally, talk with friends and family about their experiences with their Plastic Surgeon. This, however, is not enough. You have to talk face-to-face with the surgeon at length about your goals. You should feel comfortable with your surgeon and have confidence in his or her ability. Ask how often they perform the procedures you are considering and how many they have done in their career. Remember, a little gray hair on your surgeon is probably a good thing – experience is a wonderful teacher.

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Over the years I have noticed a definite trend in my practice of more men having Plastic Surgery. There is also a pattern of which operations men are seeking and why. The most common procedure I perform on men is the eyelift. Next in popularity is the neck and chin area. Many men want that “double chin” gone and we have effective treatment options for that. Finally, I do a lot of liposuction on the abdomen and flanks (love handles) in men. All of these operations are done as an outpatient and with minimal recovery time. below I have outlined some specifics on each of these popular procedures.

Many men are coming to me with the complaint that they look older than they feel and their eyes make them look sleepy. These men are vibrant, still working and perhaps looking to advance in their careers. The eyelift is a great operation to alleviate the tired look that comes with aging eyelids. Both the upper eyelids and the lowers can be corrected. The upper eyelids usually accumulate excess skin that make them look droopy. The lower lids can develop “bags” which really make one look tired or fatigued. Both of these corrections are done under local anesthesia as an outpatient and most people can return to work within a week to 10 days.

Another common problem is fullness of the neck creating that double chin look. fortunately, for most men this can be solved with liposuction of that area. Sometimes a small amount of excess skin also needs to be removed. The nice thing about this operation is that it is not painful, requires one week or less off work, and is very long lasting. This is also done as an outpatient at a local surgery center and with an anesthesiologist giving sedation “twilight” or a light general anesthetic.

The classic problem that occurs as men enter their 30’s and 40’s is that “spare tire” of excess fat accumulating around the middle. This can be in the abdomen, the flanks, or even around to the lower back. Once it is there, this is very resistant to weight loss. For the majority, liposuction alone can correct this problem. That means only a few days off work are necessary and most get back to normal activities quickly. Liposuction results are permanent provided that you maintain a stable weight.

All of these procedures and more are being done for men. Today, there is no need for embarrassment. The best place to start is a consultation with a board certified Plastic Surgeon. There you can discuss your goals and determine which options are best for you.

And now I would like to invite you to visit my website at https://ohioplasticsurgeons.com where this and other Plastic Surgery questions can be explored in greater detail.

You may also email me directly at Stevenrobinsonmd@gmail.com with your individual question. I will personally answer your questions and all emails are kept in strict confidence.

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Sometimes small changes can make a big difference. If your eyes are drooping or your have bags under your eyes it can make you look tired and drowsy even when you are not. An eyelift can help.

This procedure is done as an outpatient. It is comfortable and takes only about an hour. The recovery time is fast and most people are back to work in a week to ten days. Call us for a consultation at (614) 326-4661.

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The American Society For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has released it’s 2009 Statistics for Plastic Surgery in the United States. These data are from board certified Plastic Surgeons only. The number one operation in women is breast augmentation. In men the number one operation is liposuction. The list is as follows:

1. Breast Augmentation
2. Liposuction
3. Blepharoplasty (eyelids)
4. Abdominoplasty
5. Breast Reduction


1. Liposuction
2. Rhinoplasty (nose surgery)
3. Blepharoplasty (eyelids)
4. Gynscomastia (male breast reduction)
5. Hair Transplant

Call us today to ask about your desired procedures (614) 326-4661.

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Now that Summer is here, it is a great time to have those non-surgical corrections of facial lines and wrinkles. These procedures require no recovery time and people frequently have them done on their lunch hour and go right back to work. If you have lines aroung the mouth, laugh lines, thinning lips, or other wrinkles, we have the answer.

The products I use for these treatments include Restylane, Perlane, Botox, Juvederm, and Dysport. Each is FDA approved and very effective. I would see you first in consultation in our office to talk about your goals, to determine which product is best and how much of it we will need, and discuss all options. To set up your complimentary consultation, please call us at (614) 326-4661.

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