Liposuction Scars Are Often Imperceptible with Microcannulas


Liposuction surgery is for removing excess fat from under the skin with the use of suction probe, or more accurately referred to as cannula. Oftentimes, the device is moved back and forth in a criss-cross manner to achieve smooth, natural-looking results.

Most liposuction procedures today involve the use of microcannulas, which have an outside diameter of 3 mm or less, allowing them to fit into round, tiny incisions. For most patients—particularly if they have fair skin—these will fade into imperceptible scars within a year.

Meanwhile, larger cannulas have become less popular over the years because it has been well documented that they can increase the risk of inadvertent over-correction (removing more than the intended amount), which of course leads to skin asymmetries, depressions, and other similar “stigmata.”

Unlike microcannulas that remove fat in small pieces, large cannulas eliminate it in large chunks.

It is important to note that over-correction is difficult to address because it requires a meticulous procedure called fat grafting, which in essence is a “reverse liposuction” wherein the excess fat is transferred from one area to the botched region.

Simply put, microcannulas provide more control and accuracy than larger cannulas.

And lastly, microcannulas in liposuction surgery have minimized surgical trauma, further contributing to quicker recovery (assuming that the spot contouring procedure is done completely with local anesthesia).

But to deliver impressive results, there are still important rules a surgeon must abide to. For instance, too much superficial liposuction (or close to the overlying skin) and prolonged treatment in one area must be avoided to prevent visible irregularities.
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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon