Studies Show High Level of Patient Satisfaction

Following liposuction and tummy tuck surgeries

Portsmouth, NH – Body contouring is the most rapidly growing field in cosmetic plastic surgery. The primary determinants of success are patient satisfaction and quality of life. As body contouring procedures continues to rise in popularity, it is imperative that the benefits of these procedures be looked at from the patient’s prospective. One recent study by a Florida plastic surgeon found that patients are very happy with the outcomes of their liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) surgeries. The study was the first of it’s kind to look at patient satisfaction scientifically. It compared patients who have had liposuction with patients who have had both liposuction and a tummy tuck. The study included 360 patients who were followed for 35 months, 60% of whom had liposuction and 35% of whom had both liposuction and tummy tuck at the same time.

The study found that the surgeries improve patients self esteem. More than 98% reported being satisfied with the results of their surgeries and with the impact on their lives, measured as “quality of life”. More than 99% would recommend it to a friend or have it again themselves. Dr. Lawrence Gray and Dr. Brannon Claytor have long found that their patients experience this same high level of satisfaction. Dr. Gray has 27 years of experience with these procedures and Dr. Claytor has seven years.

The study recorded the number of days taken off from work by each patient by procedure: Liposuction-only patients took 6 to 7 days off from work or their regular activities. Patients who had both liposuction and tummy tuck (abdominoplasty) took an average of 16 days off. Dr. Gray and Claytor’s patients take off an average of 2 to 3 days for liposuction and 10 days for abdominoplasty. Drs. Gray and Claytor do not use ultrasonic liposuction or laser liposuction, which seem to have more pain and risk of complication than traditional liposuction. They use liposuction with sedation and no drains. Drs. Gray and Claytor will be presenting the results of their own abdominoplasty study at the New England Society of Plastic Surgery in June, 2012 in Woodstock, Vermont.

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About Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center:

Atlantic Plastic Surgery Center is the practice of New Hampshire plastic surgeon, Dr. Lawrence Gray, since 1985. Dr. Gray is nationally and internationally recognized as the inventor of the scarless breast reduction, a revolutionary procedure that eliminates scars associated with the older, traditional method of breast reduction. He has a large following of satisfied patients from across New Hampshire, the United States and a number of foreign countries, who have sought him out for breast augmentation and scarless breast reduction. Dr. Gray has taught at educational conferences for the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and is the only member of the International Society of Plastic Surgeons from New Hampshire. Dr. Mark Ballentyne is a highly skilled physician who has been Director of Medical Aesthetics at the Skin Wellness Center since 2003. Dr. Ballentyne is board-certified by the American Academy of Family Practice Physicians, is licensed to practice in New Hampshire and will be fully certified by the Board of Aesthetic Medicine in September 2011. He has established a strong reputation for his talent in administering dermal fillers, BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport injections, and Fraxel laser treatments. He is a national trainer for Allergan™. Dr. Brannon Claytor is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as in hand surgery. Dr. Claytor is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, offering patients a high level of skill, outstanding training and commitment to excellence in cosmetic, reconstructive and hand surgery. He completed an additional year of training in breast microsurgery, oncologic reconstruction and hand microsurgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and was on the teaching faculty of the Lahey Clinic Medical Center.

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