Dr. Brooke French discusses cosmetic surgery on 9NewsMalissa Rodenburg | Department of Surgery Feb 11, 2019
Brooke French, MD, speaks with Dr. Comilla Sasson on 9News
Liposuction was cited by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as the second most common cosmetic surgical procedure in 2017, up 5% over the previous year. However, there are many other options, both surgical and non-surgical, for patients seeking fat reduction such as cryolipolysis, injectables, or abdominoplasty.
Cryolipolysis, such as CoolSculpting, is currently the most popular non-invasive fat reduction procedure. FDA approved applicators direct cold (at a proprietary temperature) to areas with stubborn pockets of fat. This exposure to cold causes fat cells to go into apoptosis—programmed cell death.
Liposuction and abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) are more invasive and mechanical ways to remove unwanted fat. Liposuction involves small incisions around the target area, where a thin tube called a cannula is inserted to remove the fat. The tummy tuck procedure is used to remove excess fat and skin and leaves the patient with a scar, typically below the bikini so it can be hidden.
For these surgical procedures, Dr. Brooke French recommends that patients verify that their surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons. Asking for before and after photos from the surgeon is an additional way to verify their experience and expertise.
Watch the video on 9 News for more of Dr. French’s recommendations and her conversation with 9 News’ Medical Expert, Dr. Comilla Sasson.