Liposuction is ideal for removing small amounts of fat permanently because it sucks out the fat cell. Just one procedure can yield lifelong results, and upward of five liters of fat can be removed.
Many plastic surgeons add one of two extra steps, laser or ultrasound, to traditional liposuction techniques in order to melt or destroy fat cells before removal.
Laser-assisted liposuction uses high-powered lasers to deliver energy to heat tissues and theoretically cause skin retraction. Some doctors prefer laser liposuction; others feel there is room for error, especially in terms of burning the skin and underlying tissues.
Pro: Some surgeons believe that the use of lasers will produce better outcomes.
Cons: Can burn the skin if too much heat is used; doesn’t provide accurate results when used for full-body sculpting.
Recent studies show only a minor benefit over conventional liposuction. It can also take much longer and cost more.
ULTRASOUND-ASSISTED LIPO (UAL)
This type of liposuction uses ultrasound frequencies built into the tip of the cannula to essentially explode fat cells so they come out more easily.
Pros: Less force is needed, so the results tend to be smoother; very little bleeding.
Con: Ultrasound lipo has gotten a bad rap and, in the past, lost popularity because of potential problems like burning.
Surgeons are now using the third generation of ultrasound liposuction machines, which are considered extremely safe devices compared to those of the past.
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