Eur J Plast Surg (2004) 27:156 DOI 10.1007/s00238-004-0617-y BOOK REVIEW L. Clodius G. Sattler, B. Sommer, W. Hanke: Textbook of Liposuction (In: German: Lehrbuch der Liposuction) Thieme, 2003, 274 pp, (ISBN 3-13-138141-8) US $135 Published online: 27 March 2004 Springer-Verlag 2004 This perfectly produced book provides an excellent and may expect. Various anaesthesia techniques for different up-to-date state of the art dissertation on the many aspects kinds of liposuction, including pharmacology and toxi- of modern liposuction. Its 24 chapters clearly show that cology of drugs commonly used, its advantages and dis- this volume is more than a “surgical cook-book” on an advantages; detailed pre-operative planning; how to fore- increasingly used surgical technique. In the United States see and how to take care of complications; early as well as in 1990 there were 71,632 procedures performed and late tissue reactions and wound healing. 672,793 reported in 2000. (American Society of Lipo- There is a chapter on patient selection with indications suction Surgery). and contra-indications. The main part of the informative This profusely illustrated, clear and concise text con- text is devoted in great detail to the various operative centrates on removal of fat in areas disturbing the patient. techniques according to their anatomical sites. This be- It starts with the almost historical aspiration by curette, gins by exactly delineating them; the safe positioning of ending with today’s most modern technique of vibration the patient, accordingly, on the operating table; a detailed assisted liposuction. list of special techniques for special regions: Face, ante- Before the advent of liposuction however, in terms of rior and posterior neck, male/female breast, the shoulder their physiology, fatty tissues may have been called a and the upper extremity, upper, lower and lateral abdo- “step-child” of medicine. With therapeutic possibilities men, the back, the gluteal area, the lower extremity. For becoming increasingly common and available, there has each of these areas the special indications for liposuction been a sharp rise in the interest into genetics, embryology, as well as technical details (including number and loca- macro- and micro-anatomy, physiology and pathophysi- tion of incisions) are discussed. Specific complications ology of fatty tissues. are explained, and results to be expected delineated. In All this is outlined and discussed in this book. We separate chapters adjuvant and secondary surgery is dis- know of course the common, ordinary anatomy: Camper’s cussed and outlined; also special tips and tricks. Finally, fascia dividing our subcutaneous fat into superficial and the individual reactions of the patient and his post-oper- deep compartments; once fat cells are removed, there is ative satisfaction, with statistics, are highlighted. no re-growth, but remaining fat-cells may be hypertro- Dear reader, if liposuction is part of your surgical phic: How and why is also discussed. endeavour, this reviewer is convinced that you would like For the interested reader here are the titles of some of to have this book in your library. the chapters: The history of liposuction up to recent de- velopments. Fatty tissue: its anatomy and physiology. L. Clodius MD Diet, general or directed body-training: What the patient L. Clodius ( ) Zurich, Switzerland
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