Are there any additional risks or complications associated with Power-Assisted Liposuction?
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Thank you for your question. Fortunately, significant complications from liposuction surgery are infrequent. Liposuction surgery is one of the two most common procedures performed by plastic surgeons. Most often this surgery is performed without experiencing any major problem.
The subject of risks and potential complications of surgery is best discussed on a personal basis with you when you visit us during your consultation and your preoperative appointment. The risks in most surgeries are similar. Some of the potential complications that may be discussed with you include hematoma (an accumulation of blood under the skin that may require removal), infection, changes in sensation, scarring, allergic reactions, damage to underlying structures, need for revisions, unsatisfactory results possibly necessitating additional procedures and medical risks. Other risks more specific to liposuction may include indentations and irregularities. Best of luck!
Dhaval M. Patel
Double Board Certified
PAL- risks and benefits
Thanks for your question about liposuction.
Over the years many different devices and liposuction machines have emerged. What we have learned with time is that PAL (power assisted liposuction) has remained the gold standard for high quality and even results. More importantly using PAL and appropriate fat equalization at the end of the procedure has really improved our ability to great smooth and more predictable results. PAL has not been shown to have higher risk than "traditional lipo".
Are there unique risk with PAL liposuction compared to traditional liposuction?
Hello there and thanks for the question!
Not in my experience. In fact, it is smoother and a bit faster for the surgery.
In good health,
Ellen Mahony, MD
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PAL is a faster method of liposuction, but more controllable and accurate I believe. I think the results are better, smoother and more consistent. I do not believe the risks are higher than traditional liposuction. PAL is better! Regards, Dr Steve Merten, Sydney, Australia
Fewer complications I'd say
Power assisted liposuction doesn't generate heat like other types, so thermal complications are minimized. However, I find PAL allows me a finer touch when performing liposuction because I don't need to generate force with my arm. This allows me to be more precise when removing fat and yielding a smoother result. This is only my experience however and what is most important is the skill of the doctor.
PAL similar to standard Liposuction
Thanks for your question. Power-assisted liposuction differs from "standard" liposuction in that it vibrates to help break up the fat cells that are being suctioned. Unlike some other types of liposuction, there is no heat generated and so the complications should be similar.
Are there additional risks specific to PAL
In comparison to traditional SAL, there are no additional risks that are specific to PAL. It's a great question because some liposuction variants generate heat, and the use of these technologies has been associated with a higher risk of skin injury, scarring, contour deformities and re-operation.
Risks with Power assisted liposuction
I hope the information has been helpful,
Dr. Eduardo Orozco
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