Power-Assisted Liposuction

Stubborn fat on the hips, stomach, back, and thighs that is resistant to diet and exercise can be frustrating. Liposuction removes fat through a small incision through suction and only requires a local anesthetic. Power assisted liposuction describes a method of liposuction that utilizes a cannula with a vibrating tip to break down dense deposits of fat quicker and easier for a faster recovery.

Power-Assisted Liposuction Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Power-Assisted Liposuction
avg. recovery
10 days
Minor Surgical Procedure
$2000 - $8000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.02.2021

Liposuction is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States with thousands of liposuction procedures performed daily. Liposuction effectively removes unwanted fat from areas all over the body from under the chin to around the calves and everywhere in between. Lipo 360 is when liposuction is performed all over the body at once, including the stomach, hips, thighs, back, and buttocks. Power assisted liposuction helps doctors remove more fat in less time. Power assisted liposuction uses the same technique as tumescent liposuction. A small incision is made on the area to be treated so a cannula can be inserted. The area is then infiltrated with a tumescent solution that is comprised of saline, a local anesthetic (typically lidocaine), as well as a vasoconstrictor (normally epinephrine) to reduce bleeding. The cannula is then moved back and forth to loosen fatty deposits and simultaneous suction away the tissue. The difference of power assisted liposuction is the tool that is used is slightly different: the tip of the cannula vibrates to speed up the breakdown of the fat cells. By disrupting the fat cells, it makes it easier to remove fatty deposits in less time. A shorter procedure can lead to a quicker recovery time for patients. The vibrating tip also creates easier navigation through dense tissue allowing for greater precision during the procedure without causing damage to surrounding areas.

The goal of power assisted liposuction is to remove unwanted body fat.

Recovery Notes

Swelling from a liposuction procedure can last between 4-6 weeks or longer depending on the extent of the procedure. Full effects from the procedure are expected 6-12 months postoperatively.

Ideal Candidate

Power assisted liposuction is recommended for both men and women of any age that have diet and exercise resistant fat deposits.

Not Recommended For

Power assisted liposuction is not recommended for patients who have an unstable weight.

Side Effects

Side effects from power assisted liposuction may include temporary temperature elevation, discomfort, muscle soreness, swelling, bruising, and itching.


  • less bruising
  • less swelling
  • faster healing
  • gentle


  • invasive
  • not suitable for significant weight loss
  • not suitable for poor skin elasticity

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