Mechanical Properties of Skin and Liposuction

Dermatologic Surgery

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1996 Abstract

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Henry F, Van Look R, Goffin V, Fissette J, Pierard GE.
Mechanical properties of skin and liposuction. Dermatol Surg. 1996 Jun;22(6):566-8. PMID: 8646473

Department of Dermatopathology, University of Liege, Belgium.

BACKGROUND. Liposuction removes fat, setting the skin under tension, and could
therefore alter the overall viscoelastic properties of the teguments. OBJECTIVE.
To measure in vivo the mechanical properties of skin at the site of liposuction
and to compare the viscoelastic values with those of the inner aspect of the
forearms. METHODS. The Cutometer SEM 474 equipped with a 8-mm probe was used.
RESULTS. Data show that cutaneous laxity, which is characteristic for an aging
aspect, is not higher at the liposuction sites than on the reference area.
CONCLUSION. Liposuction does not increase the clinical aspects of skin aging.