Want to Achieve Smoother Liposuction Results?—Ask for Microcannulas


Liposuction is a body contouring procedure to remove a small amount of fat in an attempt to deliver a more toned, slender appearance. It is important to preserve the natural contour lines, which is done by eliminating just the right amount of fat cells, and retaining some fat to simulate the natural appearance.

Take note that several factors affect the final result, although the use of microcannula or suction probe whose outside diameter is usually less than 2-3 mm plays a crucial.

According to studies, microcannulas can reduce the risk of over-correction and make it easier to achieve smoother results as compared to large cannulas, which remove fat in large chunks.

With microcannulas, we are able to perform a more gradual and highly precised removal of excess fat. Not only they deliver more natural and smoother results, using them can also minimize the amount of surgical trauma, which in turn leads to less postop swelling and bruising and quicker recovery.

While liposuction with the use of microcannulas could take longer, and quicker with larger cannulas, the latter are tied to higher risk of skin irregularities such as dents and bumps.

Large cannulas might also make it difficult to control their direction, further increasing the risk of less-than-optimal results. Other concerns include more surgical trauma and bleeding at the time of surgery, longer recovery, and more postop swelling and bruising.

Another notable benefit of using microcannulas is the significant reduction in the size of incisions, which in turn leads to smaller scars that can easily fade. In fact, they are barely noticeable within six months of surgery, especially in patients with lighter complexion.

Nevertheless, larger cannulas might be helpful in large-volume liposuction because they could make the surgery quicker. But at the end of the procedure, most plastic surgeons would still use microcannulas for an additional amount of contouring.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon