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Types Of Liposuction Techniques

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Types Of Liposuction Techniques

A brief overview of the different types of liposuction procedures…

Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures for both men and women. Different cases and different expectations require different procedures. We receive many questions about various types of liposuction techniques, and sometimes patients request a specific liposuction method when another would be better. Below is a list of different types of liposuction procedures to help you become more informed about your options.

There are four main types of liposuction currently available. They are: regular tumescent liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction, and laser-assisted liposuction.

Traditional Liposuction

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Traditional Liposuction

Traditional Liposuction is also known as suction-assisted liposuction (SAL), traditional liposuction is performed using a medical tool called a cannula – a thin hollow tube – which is attached to powerful vacuum-powered equipment.

The cannula is inserted into the body through a small incision in the skin, where it is then used to loosen and remove the unwanted fat.

Advancements in medical technology have allowed for the development of smaller cannulas, which result in smaller, less visible scars.

SAL is often performed with accompanying techniques, such as tumescence and ultrasound-assisted liposuction.

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Power-Assisted Liposuction

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Power Assisted Liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is essentially suction-assisted liposuction with additional depth. It requires the use of a special power-assisted cannula, which reduces some of the physical effort required to loosen fat when using a traditional cannula.

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Tumescent Liposuction

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Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is a two-stage procedure that involves soaking the area to be treated with a saline solution prior to performing traditional liposuction.

Also known as the ‘wet’ or ‘super-wet’ technique, the tumescent soaking enhances the fat layer and separates it from the outer soft tissue, muscle and organs. This makes the removal of fat easier.

Body-Jet, water-jet assisted and water-assisted are also terms used to describe tumescent liposuction.

The saline solution contains a mixture of lidocaine, and/or other local anesthetics for comfort during and immediately after liposuction. Epinephrine is also used to help reduce bruising and bleeding.

Performing tumescents prior liposuction gives the surgeon better control of fat removal, which allows them to make miniature incisions whilst only using a mild sedative if necessary. Tumescents liposuction may also decrease recovery period, discomfort, bruising and swelling, as well the risk of post-surgery bleeding.

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Ultrasonic Liposuction

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Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic Liposuction is also known as ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL), ultrasonic liposuction uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to break down fat cells and knock them loose before using the cannula; some practitioners conclude that it improves your results. Vaser lipo, and Vaser-Liposelection are also terms used to describe ultrasound-assisted liposuction.

There are two types of ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty:

  • Internal UAL involves inserting the ultrasound device into a small incision to melt the fat. The same incision is then used the remove the fat.
  • External UAL used an ultrasound device that penetrates the skin and soft tissue to breakdown the fat underneath. External UAL is often used together with suction-assisted lipectomy.

UAL is typically used on areas of the body with more fibrous or dense fatty tissues such as the back, upper abdominal area and male breast region.

Some plastic surgeons also find it is beneficial as a supplementary or repetitive procedure for treating larger areas of fat. It can also be used in conjunction with other invasive body contouring techniques.

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Laser Lipo

CoolLipo, SmartsLipo, SlimLipo, AccuSculpt

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Laser Lipo

LaserLiposuction assisted liposuction uses laser energy to agitate the fat cells to help in the removal process. The laser is connected to a special cannula – the suction tube used to remove fat – which is inserted to body through a small incision.

The procedure is often marketed as the most up-to-date liposuction technique, however studies have shown no major difference in results or recovery period when compared with traditional liposuction.

Since the technique is one of the newest, many companies are branding the procedure with their own terms. Liposuction techniques such as SmartLipo, CoolLipo, LipoLite, LipoTherme and LipoControl, are all types of laser-assisted liposuction.

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Types of Liposuction Conclusion

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Types of Liposuction

Liposuction has various techniques and methods. The truth of the matter is that no liposuction techniques is really better than another, great results can be achieve from all lipo procedures. The type of liposuction you chose will be decided depending on the area of the body to be treated, as well as personal preference (in some cases).

The plastic surgeon will offer his recommendation based on your body type and desired results. Commercials are great and make wonderful promises, but do not be shocked to find-out that they did not tell you the whole truth, and even though you want one type of a lipo a another lipo technique is more ideal.

Of course, it’s extremely important to remember that each technique can also produce less then optimal results when applied without consideration.

To help you decide with technique is best for you, discuss your options with your surgeon; they will be able to explain which procedure will be best suited to your needs.


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