Ultrasonic Liposuction Overview

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Natalia Casas, Staff Writer

Natalia Casas is a bilingual (English-Spanish) writer whose work has appeared in magazines and on websites across Latin America and the United States. Her areas of expertise include fashion, health, lifestyles, travel, and self-improvement. She is a professional English-to-Spanish translator and holds a mass communication and journalism degree from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana in Medellín, Colombia.


September 18 2007

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Ultrasonic liposuction — Waves against fat

Liposuction is, without a doubt, the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States today. Why? Because liposuction is a relatively easy procedure, and it targets the problem areas directly, providing fast solutions to those who want to look their best quickly.

According to the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), 80 percent of the patients (both men and women) who had gone through a liposuction procedure are satisfied with their results, and 86 percent would recommend liposuction to their family and friends.

Fortunately for those who haven't decided on it yet because they are afraid of the procedure or the post-operation soreness, technological advances have made liposuction an easier and more effective procedure, and the latest trend that's causing a big buzz is ultrasonic liposuction, also known as ultrasound liposuction.

The ultrasonic method of liposuction removes fat from the subcutaneous space of the skin. High-frequency ultrasonic waves break up the fat from the cells, and once this fat is released, the tiny cannula does the suction. At the same time, this new technique allows the skin to be tightened while the fat is being absorbed, shortening the healing process for most patients.

This procedure has been confused by some patients with another technique of liposuction called tumescent liposuction, but they are certainly different. In the tumescent procedure, the target area is injected with large amounts of an anesthetic liquid that causes the compartments of fat to become swollen and firm or "tumesced", allowing the cannula to move swiftly while removing fat.

With the ultrasonic liposuction, in simpler words, the waves make the fat liquid, so it can be removed easily. And because in this kind of liposuction the cannula is so much smaller than the one used in traditional liposuction, the body can recover quickly, the bruises are minimal, and patients can go back to their normal life progressively within two months of the surgery.

Satisfactory results

Although ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a somewhat new procedure, it has been very well received among the patients who have tried it. Of course, those who have chosen this technique relied on the expert hands of a qualified doctor, acknowledged that ultrasonic liposuction is a valid choice for the kind of results they want, and have taken an active role in maintaining positive results while taking care of their bodies with a well-balanced diet and exercise.

Some other benefits of the ultrasonic assisted liposuction method are:

  • The procedure itself takes less time because the fat is already liquefied when the physician goes in with the cannula.
  • Ultrasound liposuction brings excellent results when performed on target areas of the body that tend to be flabby and develop deposits of unwanted fat, like upper arms, inner thighs, buttocks, abdomen, and love handles.
  • Since the fat is liquid at the time of suction, the patient loses less blood and comes out of the surgery with less bruises.
  • It helps improve the look of areas affected by cellulite, since the fat that is removed is the one that produces those ugly dimples that women don't ever want to see,

With all its benefits and great results, ultrasonic assisted liposuction is yet another excellent choice for those who struggle with unwanted bulges in certain areas of the body. 

So no matter what the technique of choice is, what every informed patient has to do first is to visit a board-certified surgeon, and then take the step to a more contoured, proportionate body.