Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasound-assisted or ultrasonic liposuction is a method of liposuction in which ultrasound vibrations are used within the body to improve the process of removing large fatty tissue deposits. Ultrasonic liposuction is particularly effective when used in areas of dense, fibrous tissue. Research has shown that this type of liposuction makes the fat removal easier, increases the amount of fat that can be suctioned away, and results in a less painful recovery period compared to traditional liposuction. Scarring also seems to be less noticeable after ultrasonic liposuction.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction may be used on males or females to remove unsightly fat from the breasts, thighs, abdomen, ankles, knees, and hips. Depending on the number of areas being reduced and their locations, the procedure may take from thirty minutes to three hours. Through a small slit, the surgeon will introduce a special saline solution to deaden the surgical area and constrict the blood vessels to control bleeding. A tiny probe is then used to transmit high frequency ultrasonic energy to the adipose tissue in order to reduce them to a liquid state. The liquid fat can then be suctioned away without harming the muscles or skin.

After undergoing ultrasonic liposuction, patients are somewhat sore, and the surgical site may be swollen and slightly bruised for several days. Doctors ask their patients to wear a compression bandage for a while after any ultrasonic liposuction procedure to limit these side effects. Any stitches are usually removed in about a week’s time. Most patients return to their jobs and other activities much faster after ultrasonic liposuction than they do with the traditional version.

Once recovery is well underway, patients will notice that they have lost several inches in measurement in the treated area and that their clothes look and feel better.