Liposuction (Lipoplasty) is a surgical procedure which improves your body shape. A tube and vacuum device are used. There are different techniques that can be used for this plastic surgery procedure, including tumescent technique and the ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty. Liposuction can be performed in many places on the body. The most common are abdomen liposuction, buttocks liposuction, hips and thighs liposuction, and upper arms liposuction. These are just a few of the common places, but of course, consult with your plastic surgeon to find out what is best for you. This plastic surgery procedure can take anywhere from 1 hour to several hours. It is dependent on the exact procedure being performed.
Fluid Injection is a technique commonly used by plastic surgeons, which injects a medicated solution into fatty areas, prior to the fat being removed. This fluid helps makes it easier for the fat to be removed. It also reduces bruising for the patient, reduces blood loss, and also provides anesthesia during the surgery. The amount of fluid inserted into your body, is where the techniques are different.
- This technique involves large volumes of fluid being injected into the area, sometimes up to 3 times the amount of fat that will be removed. This procedure takes significantly longer than conventional liposuction. The surgery takes anywhere from 3-5 hours. The procedure was named after the “swollen and firm” state of the fatty tissues when they are filled with solution.
- The Super-wet technique is extremely similar to the tumescent technique, outside of the amount of fluids that are used. The Super-Wet technique actually uses less fluid, typically the fluid amount is the equal to the amount of fat that will be removed. This technique takes 1-2 hours of surgery time.
Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL)
- This technique uses a special tube that produces ultrasonic energy. While the energy passes through the areas of fat, it blows up the wall of the fat cells, which in turns, turns the fat into a liquid. The fat is then removed with the conventional liposuction technique. This procedure takes longer than conventional liposuction to perform, but also is much more precise.