Ultrasonic Liposuction

Today there are multiple liposuction techniques to choose from. Among them is ultrasonic liposuction, a relatively new technique utilizing ultrasonic waves.

Ultrasonic waves are used to emulsify fat so it can be easily removed by the cannula. The cannula is connected to an ultrasonic generator that passes the ultrasonic vibration through the cannula and into the subcutaneous fat.  Ultrasonic waves target fat cells and leave the surrounding tissue untouched. The liquefied fat is then extracted using a cannula, just as it is during other types of liposuction. The cannula is connected to a vacuum.

Conventional liposuction or tumescent liposuction both require the cannula be used to break up the fat. A steady back and forth motion shears the fat away. This technique can cause bruising to the surrounding tissue. Ultrasonic liposuction liquefies the fat during extraction, which eliminates the need for the cannula to break up the fat.

Ultrasonic liposuction has a shorter recovery time than conventional liposuction because there is less bruising and swelling. Patients can return to normal activities relatively quickly. As with all liposuction a compression garment is worn for a few weeks to minimize swelling and encourage skin tightening.

Good candidates for ultrasonic liposuction are people who are near their target weights but who have isolated areas of fat accumulation, like the hips, thighs, or back. Liposuction is not a weight loss procedure. Instead it is a surgical way to remove fat that is resistant to diet and exercise. Removing excess fat bulges from specific areas improves the body’s shape and proportion.

Ultrasonic waves were first used in the 1980s for cosmetic surgery. Since then, the technology has advanced to make it safer, faster, and more effective. Ultrasonic waves have proven to be a valuable tool for fat removal.  Even so, a person considering liposuction should research all the techniques available to them before making a decision.