The 4 Liposuction Methods (And Why Tumescent Liposuction Surgery Is the Best)

Time, weight fluctuations, gravity, and pregnancy can take a huge toll on your body. In some people, it’s the abdomen that gives ahead of the rest. In others, it’s the buttocks or the thighs that’s first to sag. And, even with a healthy diet and regular exercise, many of these unsightly bulges exist and persist. Is it time to go for a liposuction?

Below is how liposuction is done, depending on the technique used.

Tumescent Liposuction Surgery. Your doctor will inject fluids into the area your doctor will operate on. This area will stiffen and swell, a reaction that serves two purposes. Firstly, the fat for suction becomes easier to separate from the underlying and overlying tissues and muscles. Secondly, you will feel localized numbness. In other words, the fluid serves as a local anesthetic, making anesthesia unnecessary. Because of this, you can stay awake during the procedure and even give cues to your doctor.

The fluid injected contains a mixture of salt water, lidocaine, which is an anesthetic, and epinephrine, which is a drug that makes the blood vessels constrict. The salt water makes it easier to suction the fat out. The anesthetic relieves pain, while the epinephrine keeps blood loss to the absolute minimum.

After the fluid is injected, the surgeon makes a small incision on the skin. This cut is very tiny, and is just wide enough to allow insertion of a small tube called cannula. The cannula is thin – it’s  roughly as thin as the thinnest writing pen. Fat is sucked out of the body via the cannula. This is another advantage of tumescent liposuction surgery. Aside from allowing you to stay awake during the procedure, it minimizes – if not eliminates – blood loss and scarring. In turn, this means lesser swelling and bruising.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. UAL is typically used in combination with tumescent liposuction. UAL can be external or internal. The internal process requires one or two steps, depending on preference. Under a one-step internal method, a metal rod is placed at the cannula’s tip. Under a two-step method, your doctor sticks the rod under your skin. This rod produces ultrasonic energy which ruptures the cell walls of your fats and liquefies it, making removal easy. The latter is more commonly used than the former.

In an externally performed UAL, a device that emits ultrasonic energy is placed outside the body. The energy breaks down fat, which in turn is removed using suction methods.

On the upside, UAL allows smaller incisions and higher precision in contour sculpting. It’s also very useful in removing very dense or fibrous fat. But on the downside, UAL increases surgical risks of nerve damage and skin burns.

Powered Liposuction. Relatively new, powered liposuction makes use of the cannula in a fast back-and-forth motion. This produces a vibration that makes it easier for doctors to pull out dense fat. This method allows for more precise fat removal, especially on small areas like th knee, ankle, or arm. But take note that the procedure is new, and not all doctors can perform it. Moreover, fewer data is available statistically so it’s difficult to gauge for now what the disadvantages are.

Traditional Liposuction. Now that newer techniques are available, few surgeons recommend traditional liposuction – and with good reason, too. For one, it requires use of anesthesia or IV sedation. Moreover, bigger incisions have to be made, to allow a long, thin tube to move under the skin. This tube, which is attached to a device for suction, is what doctors use to manually remove fat. This increases the likelihood of swelling, bleeding, and bruising. And, because incisions are stitched close, scarring is also a definite possibility.

If you want the fastest, safest, and best liposuction method for fat removal, go for tumescent liposuction surgery. It produces permanent and optimal results minus the risks and the dangers. Because it uses cutting-edge technology, precision instruments, smaller and fewer incisions, and localized anesthesia, it’s possible for patients to go back to their usual activities within days.  For more information on Tumescent Liposuction in Dallas, please visit us here.

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