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Ultrasonic Liposuction Guide

Updated on January 28, 2013

Introduction to Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is designed to take stubborn fat cells away from hard to sculpt places.  There are many different ways that one form or another of ultrasonic lipo can be used in order to drop a few pounds of fat from the body.  While thousands of people have undergone this form of plastic surgery successfully and with great results, there has also been some major concern based early problems that were reported based on early results in Europe and Latin America.  This is a huge reminder that regardless of the overall safety record of any procedure, there are always risks with any type of surgery.  This is one reason that the non surgical liposuction procedures of recent years that fall under the overall umbrella category of ultrasonic liposuction are becoming more popular. If you're looking at possibly undergoing this cosmetic procedure, you will want to know the difference between things like internal ultrasonic liposuction and external ultrasonic liposuction.  Read on to learn more about this particular aspect of cosmetic surgery.

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External Ultrasonic Liposuction vs. Internal Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic Liposuction is a general term, as there is more than one specific procedure that falls under this general class of cosmetic surgery.  The first ultrasonic procedures took place as far back as 1989, and all of those at the time were internal - meaning that there was ultrasonic liposuction equipment that was used to make an actual surgical cut to help remove excess fat cells.  The more recent trend has gone to external ultrasonic liposuction, which helps the cosmetic surgeons avoid many of the common dangers that need to be dealt with when performing a normal surgical procedure.

Internal ultrasonic liposuction is the more traditional form, and involves a machine that is designed to take care of the incision and everything else.  When looking at this type of action, make sure to ask how hold the machine is.  Second and third generation machines tend to have more problems, and a few very serious medical problems have been reported with ultrasonic liposuction, especially with the internal brand from older machines.

External ultrasonic liposuction includes a variety of cosmetic weight loss procedures, one of the most popular and well known being Vaser Liposuction.  These procedures involve an injection, than an appropriate tool on the outside of the skin to cause the "ultrasonic waves" to work with the injection in order to melt away fat from that area.

Examples of Ultrasonic Liposuction

There are many different examples of ultrasonic liposuction. For example, the previously mentioned Vaser Liposuction is considered one form of Ultrasonic Liposuction, and is in fact considered possibly THE most popular form. In addition to Vaser, most Tumescent liposuction is also done with some form of Ultrasonic lipo.

One of the reasons that modern Ultrasonic procedures are increasing in popularity is that the invasive parts of any procedure are minimal and has virtually no negative or invasive effect on muscles, nerves, or connective tissue. This is a definite plus, as there are plenty of non surgical liposuction procedures that are giving traditional liposuction a serious run for its money. As these cosmetic surgical practices continue to be honed and improved, this is a trend that's likely to continue.

Ultrasonic Liposuction Costs

While liposcution prices are going to vary based on location, the particular expert, and the specific type of liposuction you're looking at, there are some general guidelines that can be applied.  For example, most liposuction procedures are going to fall into the $1500-$10,000 range in the United States, with the majority falling somewhere in the $3,000-$5,000 average in the middle.  In general, ultrasonic liposuction costs are also going to be a little bit higher than other common and popular lipo procedures.

As with any other type of cosmetic surgery, the part of the body being worked on plays a major role in what the actual cost is.  Different types of ultrasonic procedures such as Vaser Liposuction or Tumescent liposuction will also cost different amounts.  In the end, the best strategy is to find a local liposuction expert, or several, and consult each of them for the best prices around.

Ultrasonic Liposuction: Pros & Cons

As with any other type of cosmetic surgery, it is always important to weigh the possible pros and cons of ultrasonic liposuction before committing to anything.  This isn't a complete list of pros and cons, and there are many other points brought up during this online ultrasonic liposuction guide that can be counted as one or another.  So a brief list:

Pros of Ultrasonic Liposuction

  • Can be used in conjunction with traditional lipo to really attack fat by area
  • External ultrasonic liposuction is fairly non invasive
  • Potentially one of the best methods for removing fat from male breast tissues

Cons of Ultrasonic Liposuction

  • Longer operating time & (normall) requiring general anesthesia
  • Increased expenses
  • Reports of more discomfort and minor injuries during recovery time in some rare cases

Hopefully these pros & cons, along with the rest of this ultrasonic liposuction guide, will help you make an informed decision about lipo.

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Ultrasonic Liposuction, Concluded

Anyone who is seriously looking at ultrasonic liposuction needs to make sure that the plastic surgeon they are trusting has modern equipment, and not second or third generation equipment, which has been known to have some serious medical instances. Modern ultrasonic liposuction practices tend to be very safe and far less invasive than they used to be. As long as you go for an external ultrasonic liposuction procedure with a qualfiied professional, you will most likely be fine and be very happy with the results. But as with anything, always do your homework and be aware of the possible risks that ultrasonic liposuction may have.

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