Now an accepted technique with important studies emerging from various other countries like Brazil and France attesting to the safety and efficacy of LABP, could this become the popular alternative to CABP?
Anything new takes some convincing and in general newer procedures invented elsewhere are adopted by the USA rather late," he says, adding that since LABP was mainly a Brazilian or French technique, it took time to be widely adopted.
Giving patients "better contouring, better blood supply of the skin flap and better nerve sensibility", Dr Rangaswamy says LABP leads to fewer complications and nowadays some surgeons have no need to use drains, like in classical abdominoplasty surgery.
The three major problems of classical abdominoplasty, namely seroma, skin necrosis and fat necrosis, are eliminated by LABP.
Tummy tucks using LABP form about 20% of Dr Rangaswamy's aesthetic surgeries.
A grossly obese person must lose weight before being accepted for LABP.