Patients looking to eliminate unwanted fat deposits and improve overall body shape have a variety of options. If diet and exercise are not enough to help you achieve the profile you desire, ultrasonic assisted liposuction (UAL) can help. With UAL, a special probe or cannula generates ultrasonic energy to melt fat found in body tissue. This allows traditional liposuction to more easily eliminate the liquefied fat with suction.
What Are the Advantages of Ultrasonic Liposuction?
With ultrasonic assisted liposuction, a more complete removal of fat from fibrous areas is possible. UAL also allows for less blood loss and damage to surrounding tissue. Compared with traditional liposuction, improved skin shrinkage is another benefit, which is particularly important for loose skin in the abdominal area. This procedure may also decrease swelling, bruising, and pain.
Does Ultrasonic Liposuction Require Incisions?
There are two different types of ultrasonic liposuction. With internal UAL, ultrasonic energy is delivered right to subcutaneous fat using a metal rod or cannula that is inserted via an incision in the skin. With external UAL, that ultrasonic energy is delivered using a paddle-shaped instrument that is applied right to overlying skin. Your doctor will review your specific case to determine which method is best for you.
Is Traditional Liposuction Still an Option?
Internal ultrasonic liposuction is always used in tandem with traditional liposuction. Traditional liposuction is generally used without UAL on areas such as the neck, face, knees, and other areas where only small enhancements are required.
Are There Any Risks Involved With Ultrasonic Liposuction?
Ultrasonic liposuction is considered a safe and effective way to eliminate unwanted fat. However, as with all cosmetic surgical procedures, there are some risks associated with UAL. Complications from UAL are very rare, but can include:
- Burns and blisters
- Blood clots
- Extended period of numbness
Does Ultrasonic Liposuction Cost More?
Due to the added cost of the extra equipment, ultrasonic liposuction does typically cost more. However, since traditional liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction are often performed together, those extra costs can be minimal.
Who Can I Contact For More Information?
If you are interested in learning more about ultrasonic liposuction, contact Boulder Plastic Surgery at 303-578-4193. You may also set up a consultation, where the doctors will discuss your medical history, desired results, and which method of UAL will produce optimal results.