Sociodemographic Profile And Satisfaction With Treatment Of Patients Undergoing Liposuction In Tumescent Local Anesthesia
Augustin M, Zschocke I, Sommer B, Sattler G.
Sociodemographic profile and satisfaction with treatment of patients undergoing liposuction in tumescent local anesthesia. Dermatol Surg. 1999 Jun;25(6):480-3.
Department of Dermatology, University Clinics of Freiburg, Germany.
To assess patient satisfaction with liposuction in tumescent local anesthesia (TLA) and to define a patient profile regarding sociodemographic data.
Three hundred randomly selected patients were asked by mail to complete a standardized questionnaire on aesthetic dermatology and cosmetic surgery 3-25 months after liposuction. The 64 items addressed treatment satisfaction, treatment effects on body, social, and professional life as well as self-confidence, body feeling, and social contacts.
One hundred fifty-nine (53.0%) of 300 patients returned complete questionnaires. Ninety-two percent of the patients were female and the mean age was 45.3 +/- 11.8 years.
The mean body mass index (BMI) was 24.5 +/- 3.7, and 61.7% of the patients had a normal BMI. Satisfaction with the liposuction was high (about 85% mostly or completely satisfied). The procedure was regarded by most patients as a nonstressful event (>80%). About 40% reported positive effects on social life, about 91% on body feeling, 57% on attractiveness, and 20% on their profession.
Liposuction in TLA is a satisfying and well-tolerated treatment for most patients.