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Subcision: a treatment for cellulite


Dóris Maria Hexsel, md
Plinio Brasil Milano 476
Cep 90520-000
Porto Alegre RS, Brazil


Background Cellulite is a common clinical condition, with few proven effective therapeutic options. Subcision is a surgical technique that is useful in treating advanced degree cellulite. This study was designed to determine the usefulness of the treatment of cellulite by subcision.

Methods From January 1995 to January 1998, 232 female patients, aged 18–52 years, with cellulite on the thighs and buttocks were treated on an outpatient basis by the subcision technique.

Results In the postoperative period, all the patients had pain, bruises, and hemosiderosis. An improvement in the surface depressions was observed and the patients reported a high degree of satisfaction.

Conclusions This outpatient procedure is effective in the correction of surface depressions on the thighs and buttocks, clinically classified as cellulite.

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