New Liposuction Technology Improves Patient Safety


It is important to note that the use of new liposuction technology does not always translate to better results or safer surgeries.  Hence, a prudent patient should select her doctor based on qualifications (board certifications and experience), rather than be too caught up in the “fancy” instruments he is brandishing.

For instance, laser-assisted liposuction does not always translate to smoother results.  Some studies have even suggested that it could increase the risk of skin asymmetries and injuries because it generates heat to kill the fat cells before they are removed with a suction probe.

Meanwhile, the standard liposuction technique—i.e., tumescent method—is noted for its impressive safety record.  This involves injecting the fatty area with large tumescent fluids, which contain anesthesia, saline (sterile saltwater solution), and epinephrine to control blood loss, before the actual removal of fat.

Nonetheless, some technologies can actually make liposuction safer.  For instance, Cell Saver (which has long been used in hospitals to limit blood loss during surgery) is particularly ideal for large volume liposuction, which may result in longer recovery and significant fluid imbalance.

During liposuction in which the goal is to remove the excess fat, a certain percentage of the collected fluids is blood.  While the surgery is not usually associated with significant blood loss, some patients bleed more easily than other; others are borderline anemic; and some require large volume fat removal.

Cell Saver works by processing the fluids collected during liposuction.  It harvests the red blood cells so these can be re-infused into the patient.  Hence, the technology is highly ideal for individuals with “risk factors” stated above.

By re-infusing the red blood cells into the patient, she is less likely to experience dizziness and significant lethargy, symptoms that usually follows after a large volume liposuction.  Simply put, Cell Saver not just improves patient safety, but also recovery. 

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon