Ultrasonic Assisted Lipoplasty

High-pitched sound waves are the means through which ultrasonic liposuction liquefies fat in select areas prior to removal. Surgeons frequently use this ultrasonic method on knees, calves, and ankles, and also the chin, cheeks, and neck. It can be used as an add-on treatment to tumescent liposuction for individuals who require more precision in their body shaping needs.

As one of the newest forms of cosmetic surgical procedures, it employs ultrasonic sound waves to essentially “transform” fat deposits into liquid. When this transformed fat is mixed with an injected tumescent solution, the fat emulsifies, allowing the surgeon to suction it out much more easily.

Injecting the tumescent solution is ultrasonic liposuction’s initial stage. The solution is comprised of anesthetic, epinephrine, and salt water that is injected into the treated area. While making fat deposits easier to get at and take out, this injection also decreases the patient’s fluid loss while fat is being eliminated.

While ultrasonic liposuction takes place, a generator creates waves of sound that initiate fat removal. The ultrasonic waves are directed through a cannula, which is a straw-like suction device. When the cannula meets the fatty areas, they turn to liquid, and are suctioned out of the body.

Benefits

Several key benefits are connected to fat removal by the ultrasonic method. One is that thicker fat deposits come out more easily and larger fat volumes can be eliminated in one procedure. Ultrasonic liposuction has the additional advantage of making skin more taut, a clear benefit since sagging, extra skin can be reduced. Ultrasonic liposuction is also renowned for its ability to truly shape and contour liposuction results until they are refined to the patient and surgeon’s full satisfaction.

Risks

The use of high heat is central to the ultrasonic liposuction process, so risk does exist for burning, blistering and scarring. A qualified cosmetic surgeon is highly unlikely to put patients at risk, but this risk should be mentioned. Another risk is called seroma. With this condition, the body produces excess fluid in the areas in which fat has been removed. The extra fluid must be suctioned out with a syringe until the empty area closes up.