Endoscopy for regional lipectomy
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With the advances in endoscopic surgery, reconstructive surgeons search for applications in the field of soft tissue contouring. The improvements in endoscopic surgery in other fields are based on surgery within well-contained spaces that allow insufflation. However, minimally invasive surgery in the soft tissue planes has been limited by the relative inability to control separation of the tissue planes to allow a working space for instrumentation. This animal model shows the ability to open up and elevate any soft tissue space by means of external traction elevation and exact separation of tissue layers to allow endoscopic surgery without the need for insufflation. With the use of endoscopic equipment, the removal of fat from any area of the body becomes a much more precise art because of visualization and illumination and the ability to gain immediate hemostasis while exact contouring through removal of layers of fat can be achieved.