Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
Ultrasound assisted liposuction emulsifies fat before it is suctioned from the treatment area for easier removal especially in areas with larger volumes or denser fat. Ultrasound assisted liposuction can also lead to satisfactory skin retraction for patients with minor elasticity issues.
Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
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About the Procedure
Ultrasound assisted liposuction can help patients with stubborn fatty deposits on the stomach, hips, thighs, and back. This procedure, better known as its brand name Vaserlipo, combines ultrasound energy with tumescent liposuction for better body contouring results. The Vaserlipo probe delivers ultrasound energy to the treatment area to emulsify the fat. By disrupting the fat cells before the actual liposuction procedure, more adipose tissue is able to be removed. Before treatment begins, the skin will be cleansed and marked to determine target areas during the procedure. The patient will lay comfortably on an operating table and the incision area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. Once the incision is made, the area will be infiltrated with a tumescent solution which is comprised of lidocaine for numbing, ephedrine to limit bleeding, and saline to dilute the solution and expand the tissue for easier access. A skin port will likely be applied over the incision to protect the skin from burns caused by the Vaserlipo probe. The probe will be inserted into the skin and moved in a back and forth motion to break up and essentially liquefy fatty deposits. Once complete, the probe will be removed and a cannula inserted to suction away all of the emulsified fat. Stitches are not typically necessary to close incisions, however, a compression garment will be applied to help drainage and prevent swelling.
The goal of ultrasound assisted liposuction is to remove unwanted body fat and improve body contours.
What to Expect
Ultrasound assisted liposuction emulsifies fat before it is suctioned from the treatment area for easier removal especially in areas with larger volumes or denser fat. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an ultrasound assisted liposuction procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 week
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- Stop all diet medicine, ephedrines, asthma, or thyroid medicine 2 days prior
- No caffeine after midnight day of procedure
- Incision made near treatment area
- Treatment area infiltrated with tumescent fluid
- Probe inserted which emits ultrasound energy to break down fat
- Cannula inserted to suction away emulsified fat
- Compression garment applied
Rest the day after the procedure and avoid strenuous activity for 2-3 weeks. Swelling can last for several weeks but can be reduced by wearing compression garments as directed. Final results are typically seen in 3-4 months.
The ideal candidate for ultrasound assisted liposuction has fat deposits but not loose, hanging skin.
Not Recommended For
Ultrasound assisted liposuction is not recommended for patients who have an unstable weight.
Side effects of ultrasound assisted liposuction can include scarring, pain, inflammation, and numbness which can last for several weeks following the procedure.