Is Tickle Lipo Performed in Hawaii?

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Tickle Lipo: simple explanation

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Tickle liposuction is a modified power assisted technique that instead of an in-and-out uses a rotational movement of the tip similar to the tip of your finger drawing a small circle. It reportedly vibrates at an infrasonic frequency that stimulates the same nerves that are responsible for pain and tickling. This results in a tickling sensation for some patients.

Tickle Lipo

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Tickle Lipo is a marketing term.  Consult with board certified plastic surgeons, and choose the one with experience, expertise, and understanding of your needs. The ASPS website is a good starting point.

Tickle lipo

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Tickle lipo? Is this like a tickle me Elmo?  Beware of marketed name brand liposuction.  I would find a surgeon who does standard liposuction with tumescence or vaser or power assisted. 

The surgeon is more impoartant than the name of the tecnique when having liposuction.

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Tickle lipo, Smart lipo, Cool Lipo, Vaser Lipo, EUA lipo, Power assisted lipo, Waterjet lipo. Pick an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon and look at their results. The surgeon performing the liposuction is a lot more important than the latest in marketing technologies that may be performed by someone who just learned "tickle lipo" last week.

How many different names can we make for the same basic procedure.

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Dear Kushun

No doubt some enterprising plastic surgeon will be offering this procedure in your area.  However, please be aware that a new name does not imply a new or better procedure.  "Tickle Liposuction" is a marketing term of art designed to suggest a kinder, gentler form of liposuction.  However, since 1985 dermatologists have been performing the most "gentle" form of liposuction called tumescent liposuction with microcannulas.  This form of liposuction is so gentle that it has the lowest associated published death rate of any liposuction procedures because it is specifically performed only under local anesthesia.  Tickle liposuction is ultrasonic liposuction performed under local or with minimal sedation.  Is it as safe or good as tumescent liposuction?  The simple answer is that it is really all about your surgeon and not the particular liposuction method they use.  For me, tumescent liposuction in the hands of a master, is still the safest and best method form performing liposuction.  The downside for the surgeon, is that tumescent liposuction is time consuming.   A surgeon can perform three liposuctions under general anesthesia in the time it takes to perform a single tumescent liposuction.  This means that liposuction under general anesthesia is much more profitable for your surgeon than tumescent liposuction.  However speed is not important here, it is precision and artful sculpting that is important.  Machines don't achieve this, surgeons do.  Focus on the surgeon not the machine.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Tickle liposuction

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Tickle liposuction is a branded name for a liposuction technique.  It appears to use the PALS technique, a vibrating tip on the end of a liposuction tube.  PALS is widely used.

As you will hear from many of the doctors answering these questions, it is far more important to research the surgeon than the branded technique.

For procedures performed under purely local anesthesia with no sedation, despite what many patients are told, there is no "tickling" involved.  There is however discomfort and often frank pain.

The fact that you have apparently settled on a particular branded technique indicates to me that your research is not done yet.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 188 reviews

For liposuction choose the surgeon before the technology

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There are a number of techniques used for liposuction, many of them with brand names and advertising and PR campaigns. However, most of the docs on Real Self will tell you that the most important thing in getting a good result and having a comfortable experience with lipo is to choose an experienced surgeon.

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