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Ultrasonic Liposuction: A State of the Art Technology

Updated on June 5, 2013

As liposuction has been sought out by more and more people over the past several years, scientists and cosmetic surgeons have been looking for better and newer ways to offer the treatment. Alternative technologies that lower the effort and time needed to perform liposuction while at the same time making the procedure safer and more effective are in high demand. One such technique developed in recent years is the process of ultrasonic liposuction. More and more doctors and clinics have been investing in this state of the art technology.

Reduce inches with Ultrasonic Liposuction!
Reduce inches with Ultrasonic Liposuction!

How Does Ultrasonic Liposuction Work?

Ultrasonic liposuction is a technique that works by way of high pitched sound waves directed toward the area of the body to be treated. The cosmetic surgeon focuses the sound waves at the fatty deposits to be removed. This causes the fat to emulsify, that is, to melt into a liquid state. This makes its removal much easier, especially in hard to treat areas of the body. Areas such as the male breast, the love handles, the ankles, or the calves are harder to treat with conventional liposuction procedures. The melting of fat through the use of ultrasonic liposuction makes extraction simpler and less time consuming.

The sound waves used in ultrasonic liposuction are directed by the doctor by way of a cannula, a thin vacuum tube that then suctions the fatty deposits away. With the use of this tool, the cosmetic surgeon has much finer control over the liposuction procedure. This greater precision allows for treatment to even the most sensitive of body areas.

Tumescent Fluid Injections

Very often, ultrasonic liposuction is used in conjunction with another breakthrough in liposuction technology known as tumescent fluid injections. With this procedure, a mixture of epinephrine, salt water, and anesthetic is injected into the body fat to be extracted. The result is prevention of fluid loss during ultrasonic liposuction and further ease of removal of fat deposits.

Advantages of Ultrasonic Liposuction

In addition to the advantages listed above, ultrasonic liposuction has other unique features as well. For one, the procedure allows for easier treatment of areas of the body with denser fat deposits. Areas such as the male breast or the love handles are characterized as having more fibrous, robust fat cell deposits, making them more difficult to remove. The sound waves used with ultrasonic liposuction liquefy this fibrous fat. Also, more fat can be removed at once, reducing the need for return trips to the cosmetic clinic. This will save money and time.

A great side benefit to ultrasonic liposuction is that while it melts fat, the heat produced by the concentrated sound waves also tightens the skin above the fat deposits. Not only does this result in a more toned, less saggy appearance of the skin, it also solves the problem of the excess of skin that occurs when a lot of fat is removed through the liposuction procedure.

A Few Risks of Ultrasonic Liposuction

Although this procedure is performed safely on thousands of people every year, there are a few risks associated with ultrasonic liposuction of which you should be aware. Chief among these is the risk of burns and blisters given the high heat involved with the application of high-energy sound waves. As in any medical procedure, however, the risks are far less when performed by an experienced doctor. As such, care should be taken when looking for a cosmetic surgeon to perform ultrasonic liposuction. Ask others who have gotten the procedure who they recommend. Most good cosmetic doctors will also supply testimonials of satisfied patients.

How Much Will Ultrasonic Liposuction Cost?

The costs associated with a doctor or a clinic obtaining the technology needed for ultrasonic liposuction can make this procedure a bit more expensive than traditional liposuction. Also, the cannula used in ultrasonic liposuction has to be replaced on a regular basis, again increasing the price. In other words, ultrasonic liposuction prices may be higher. However, depending on the treatment required, the fat liquefying ability of ultrasonic liposuction can offset some of the costs involved. Also, because of its precision, ultrasonic liposuction is often the best choice of treatment available, regardless of its price. After all, quality is as important as dollar amount when deciding on such an important therapy.

Know Your Options

When it comes to liposuction, you should know your options. Getting the right doctor is of utmost importance. Getting the right kind of treatment is also essential. Ultrasonic liposuction is the treatment of choice for many people. Ask your cosmetic surgeon about this state of the art technology.


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