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What is ultrasonic liposuction or ultrasound-assisted lipo? Are they the same thing?
Ultrasonic or Smart Liposuction
people in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles are bombarded by radio advertisments about Smart Liposuction or Ultrasonic Liposuction. They ask me if this technicque of liposuction is superior to other methods of liposuction. I have personally trided several different methods of liposuction on my patients and its my professional opionion and smart liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction do'nt have any advantage to tumesecent liposuction. In fact, they have the added risk and complications of burning, nerve damage, and scarring.
Web reference: http://www.extremeliposuction.com/liposuction_technique.htm
Ultrasonic Liposuction = Ultrasonic Assisted Lipoplasty
These are terms that are used to denote the same process. There are many different options for liposuction.
1) Liposuction or Suction assisted lipectomy (SAL, Liposculpture, Etching)
2) Power assisted liposuction (PAL)
3) Ultrasonic Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL, requires liposuction as well)
4) Laser assisted lipolysis LAL (liposuction recommended by some).
The ultrasonic liposuction destroys or ruptures fat cells by a process called cavitation, in which water bubbles are repitively formed/collapsed by the mechanical force of the ultrasonic probe. This destroys the cells but does not remove them. Liposuction is used to evacuate the ruptured cells.
Ultrasonic liposuction is just one modality to perform...
Ultrasonic liposuction is just one modality to perform liposuction. It uses ultrasound energy to melt the fat.
Some of the potential complications from this technique are burns and seromas that one does not see as often with more traditional techniques.
It is thought that ultrasonic liposuction may work better on areas of more fibrous-type fat like the back and flank area as well as possibly leading to better skin contraction possibly from the heat.
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Ultrasonic Liposuction for you?
Liposuction removes fat from the body. There are many ways to do this. The idea is to do this safely. I have safely used ultrasonic liposuction techniques to remove unwanted fat for over 10 years. Ultra means high energy. Sonic means sound. Therefore using high energy sound waves fat can be removed from the body. Using ultrasonic liposuction, fat can be removed with less trauma to the surrounding tissues with far less blood loss and less post-operative swelling. Larger volumes of fat can be removed more safely. In my hands the surgery takes no longer but yields better results.
Ultrasonic liposuction and thighs
Beware of ultrasonic or any other liposuction that has an energy component. The problem is that the fat cells are exploded inside your skin and toxins are released. It is impossible to know the extent of damage.
Mechanical liposuction with small cannulas is more predictable.
See the video below for an explanation of differences between ultrasonic, smart lipo, and mechanical lipo.
The web link below is a case study of a victim of smart lipo.
Ultrasound liposuction and ultrasound-assisted liposuction
Both use a pizelecrtic crystal to generate ultrasound which is very specific to fat dissolving. Dissolved fat is then liposuctioned the traditional way. It is an old method well documented in many research and peer reviewed papers.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasound assisted liposuction works by a process known as cavitation, wherein ultrasound waves are used to break up the fat cells into oil droplets prior to aspiratoin. The results are better in that the skin and subcutaneous fat may shrink slightly after the surgery.
Web reference: http://surgery90210.com/body/9/liposuction.aspx
Ultrasonic versus Power-Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasonic liposuction is a high energy system that facilitates fat removal by melting fat before removal. I prefer the power-assisted liposuction system because it accomplishes a similar goal with more precision and lower risk of complications. Performed by an expert, liposuction has the lowest complication rate of any cosmetic surgery operation.
Ultrasonic Liposuction and Ultrasound assisted liposuction are the same thing. I utilize ultrasonic liposuction in the treatment of male gynecomastia, revision liposuction procedures with existing scar tissue, or patients with dense fatty tissue or thick skin.
I wish you a safe recovery and amazing result!
Web reference: http://www.drpaulgill.com
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is now in its third generation of technology. Initially the probe was created at about 1.5cm in diameter. Companies have evolved this technology with the most state-of-the-art advancement being Vaser liposuction. Vaser liposuction utilizes a titanium probe that is 3.9mm in diameter for the body and 2.2mm in diameter for the face and neck. The patients undergo general anesthesia because large areas of liposuction can be performed at the same time. Vaser liposuction, in my opinion, has become the gold standard for patients for body contouring and can be performed in conjunction with abdominoplasty techniques or at the same time as a breast augmentation or breast lift. With this, the patient can still have a safe and comfortable recovery. Ultrasonic energy is used under the skin to specifically target the fat cell. Because it is utilized for fat only, the patients lymphatics, blood vessels, nerves, and collagen are spared damage. In contrast, traditional forms of liposuction do not offer the same degree of selectivity in targeting fat cells.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.