Liposuction Techniques

The basic liposuction technique involves small incisions being made on the affected area and a narrow tube or cannula, which is attached to a vacuum that sucks the fat that lies deep beneath the skin. This basic technique is used in all patients but there are several variations available.

Tumescent Technique

A technique known as the ‘Tumescent Technique involves the surgeon injecting large amounts of fluid, up to three times the amount of fat removed. The tumescent liposuction technique is typically performed on those patients who need a local anaesthetic, although the procedure usually takes longer (sometimes 4-5 hours) than the traditional liposuction. The fluid contains sufficient anaesthetic so additional anaesthesia is not always needed.

Super-wet Technique

Another technique parallel to the tumescent technique is the ‘Super-wet Technique. The differentiation being that lesser amounts of fluids are used. This technique calls for the amount of fluid be equal to the amount of fat to be removed. Intravenous sedation is often required for this technique and sometimes a patient may need a general anaesthetic. This method usually takes one to two hours.

Fluid Injection

Fluid Injection entails the injection of a medicated solution into the fatty areas prior to the fat being removed, and is a one of the most popular methods currently in use. The fluid is a blend of intravenous saline solution and a local anaesthetic combined with a drug that contracts the bodys blood vessels. This helps the fat detach easier, reduces the blood loss and provides the patient with anaesthesia during the after the procedure. The fluid is injected in order to help lessen the amount of bruising following the surgery.

Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty

Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) is another liposuction technique where a special cannula is used that creates ultrasonic waves. As is passes through the fatty areas, the waves explode fat cell walls and the fat is liquidated. The fat is then removed using the traditional liposuction technique.

This technique can enhance the effectiveness of liposuction on fibrous areas of the body, such as the upper back or the male breast. The ease of the process is also improved. This method is often used in secondary procedure when an enhances precision is requires. This method generally takes longer to perform than the traditional liposuction method.

There will be a noticeable alteration in the bodys shape soon after the completion of the surgery. It must also be born in mind that improvement will be even more noticeable after four to six weeks, when the swelling has settled down. Any persistent or mild swelling has usually settled down after three months and the new contour will then become visible.

Providing that your expectations were realistic, you should be pleased with the results of the liposuction surgery and will have more confidence when wearing a wider variety of clothes. You can expect to maintain your new shape if you continue eating a healthy diet and taking regular exercise.

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Abdominoplasty

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