Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy fats in a specific region which is then later sucked out by a cannula or thin medical vacuum. A minimally invasive method instead of going through traditional liposuction surgery. The procedure entails the insertion of a probe into the patient. And then, emitting ultrasonic vibrations in order to break up the fat in the specific region. When combined with a tumescent solution, it turns into oil and then removed by suction. An internal method has been seen to be effective in dissolving stubborn fats and fibrous in the body parts such as the male chest, upper and lower abdomen, buttocks, thighs, and backs.
As with all liposuction procedures, it is not meant for weight loss or treatment for obesity. Before going, it is best to speak to a certified and highly trained doctor who can help determine the best procedure for you.
Treatment names may include: Vaser Lipo
Prior, do ensure you are a suitable candidate. It is critical to disclose your full medical history and any past procedures to your doctor. To prepare, you will need to stop smoking and avoid alcohol weeks before. You will also need to stop certain medications, herbs, and supplements that may increase the risk of bleeding. Women will need to stop taking contraceptive pills. Anemic patients may require to take iron supplements.
The procedure is done with the use of anesthesia, general or local or with a sedative. Some may require an epidural block.
To begin, the internal method entails an ultrasound generator that will be connected to the cannula and inserted through a small incision. With that, it delivers the sound waves from the tip of the cannula. Once it comes in contact with the tissues, it vibrates and breaks the fat cells with the heat. Thus, releasing the triglycerides and depresses the fat. Finally, it is then suctioned out using vacuum pressure from the cannula.
Expect some pain, swelling, bruising and temporary numbness. These side effects should resolve but in some cases, swelling and bruising could last up to 6 months.
Drains may be placed to ensure the fluid does not build up. Since incisions are tiny, stitches are not required but instead, surgical tap and dressing may be used. You will also be required to be on compression garments for up to 4 weeks worn for 24 hours a day. This is to help the skin shrink and maintain swelling.
It is important to rest especially during the first few days post-procedure. Walking is recommended to help speed up recovery and alleviate the risk of blood clots. If you have had stitches, once stitches are removed, light activities may be resumed. Depending on the amount of liposuction performed, patients may need longer time off work.
It is best to stay off vigorous activities for a month.
Results may take some time to reveal while you recover. Fat removed are permanent and will not come back. In the event that fat that was liquified but was not suctioned out, will be passed out from your uring in the first 6 weeks or so.
Expect more visible results in about 6 months post-procedure.
To maintain its effects, do keep a stable and healthy weight. Stay active and follow a healthy diet. Weight fluctuations, pregnancy and aging may impact the results.
Some risk may include:
– blood clot
– uneven skin contour
– change in skin pigmentation and texture
-scars from burn