Ultrasonic liposuction, or lipo selection as it is sometimes referred to as, is the newest technique of liposuction that can differentiate fatty tissue from tissues such as nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue. Such tissues should be left undisturbed as doing so would yield shapelier, smoother results and promoting faster recovery.
Ultrasound Fat Reduction
Ultrasonic liposuction, or UAL, is a procedure that makes use of high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat in specific areas before it can be removed. UAL is a form of liposuction that is mainly employed for fat removal in hard-to-treat areas such as the chin, neck, cheeks, knees, calves, and ankles. Typically it is used in conjunction with tumescent liposuction for patients who require more precise body contouring.
The procedure generally lasts between one and three hours, and is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. The first step in the ultrasonic liposuction procedure is the injection of tumescent fluid, which is a mixture of anesthetic, salt water solution, and epinephrine, into the treatment area. The solution helps numb the area, aids in the prevention of fluid loss during fat removal and facilitates the removal of these deposits.
The Newest Lipo Technique
During ultrasonic liposuction, the procedure is initiated by sound waves produced by a generator. The ultrasonic waves are transmitted to a thin, hollow, vacuum-like tube, called a cannula. On contact with the fat cells, the cannula quickly emulsifies them so that they can be vacuumed out easily.
The procedure can be carried out in two different ways. The ultrasonic waves can either be administered internally or externally. Internal UAL delivers the ultrasonic waves directly to the subcutaneous fat through a cannula which is inserted into the skin through small incisions. External UAL delivers these waves directly to the overlying skin. However, results using external UAL varied and the procedure is not currently as popular or as consistent as internal UAL.
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Ultrasonic liposuction can remove fat from common problem areas, smoothing out contours and providing a flattering silhouette.
It is commonly used to treat build-ups of fatty deposits around the stomach, waist, hips, thighs and upper arms. The great thing about ultrasonic lipo is that it can remove stubborn fat from areas that have not responded to diet and exercise. This enhanced body shape can contribute to a boost in confidence and self-esteem, which in turn will allow you to try new things, wear new clothes, and feel positive about yourself. As it is a non-invasive procedure, you can enjoy all of this without the risks, complications and general inconvenience of surgery. The high-frequency ultrasound gets to work breaking down the membranes of adipose (fat) cells. As fats are not extracted but absorbed into the body and expelled naturally, there is no need for any surgical incisions to be made, which can lower the risk of infection and negate the need for anaesthesia.
On average, one treatment can remove up to 1lb of fat, or roughly 1.5 inches of the treated area. A course of treatment will typically be anything from six to 20 sessions, and patients report seeing improvements to problem areas after just four to six sessions. During your course of treatment, you can better your results by abstaining from alcohol and smoking, drinking plenty of water and getting ample exercise.
Ultrasonic liposuction is not without it’s risks. In fact, studies have shown that the procedure may in fact be less safe than tumescent liposuction. Both internal and external UAL can pose problems, with many cosmetic surgeons critical of the safety of both methods. UAL has been shown to cause blood clots in small blood vessels, owing to the rise in temperature caused by the heat used during the procedure. This is just one of the many health risks this treatment can pose. This is more likely to occur in patients who have experienced internal UAL, and as it can cause nerve damage in areas such as the legs, arms and face, many experts warn that the cons outweigh the pros with this type of treatment.
UAL has also been show to cause seromas to form. A seroma is a cavity beneath the skin that fills with a fluid known as serum. Uncomfortable and unpleasant, these can persist for weeks if not months after the treatment. The chances of you developing a seroma following internal UAL is high, as it has been revealed that this treatment causes seromas to form in 15% to 70% of patients. As the tissues surrounding the fat cells are damaged with the UAL cannula, it is very common for this issue to arise. External UAL devices also have a number of definite risks and dangers as outlined in the manufacturer’s warnings. It is therefore vital that your cosmetic surgeon makes you aware of these warnings, and refrains from using the ultrasound over any of the areas described, including the female abdomen, ovaries, the heart or carotid artery.
Recovering From Ultrasonic Liposuction
As with all other forms of plastic surgery, discomfort, and even soreness will be experienced over the first week. However, normal activities can be resumed two days after the surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with a protective garment after the surgery and it is essential that you wear this garment 24 hours a day for seven days. The garment can only be removed once you have returned to the clinic to have your sutures and bandages removed. It is a less invasive technique that general liposuction, which results in reduced swelling and bruising. What’s more, as it only targets fatty tissues and not other more important tissues the recovery time is generally much speedier.
How Much Will Ultrasonic Liposuction Cost?
A vast majority of surgeries offer "buy now pay later" 0% finance options to cover Ultrasonic liposuction procedures. These clinics are usually willing to lend anything from £1000-£2000 to around £5000 to cover the surgery. This can usually be paid back, interest free, over 10 to 12 months.