Water Jet Assisted Liposuction
Water jet assisted liposuction, also referred to as aqualipo or its brand name Body Jet, is an improvement upon the tumescent liposuction technique. Water jet assisted liposuction introduces a gentle yet powerful spray to help dislodge fat cells during aspiration in order to harvest more tissue with less damage to surrounding areas.
Water Jet Assisted Liposuction
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About the Procedure
Liposuction can remove fat from almost anywhere on the body for a slimmer physique. Some patients choose to have the removed fat grafted to another area, such as the buttocks, hands, or face, to create a younger, more rejuvenated look. Water jet assisted liposuction allows surgeons to harvest more fat in less time for grafting by spraying a saline solution within the treatment area to loosen adipose tissue. By using a gentle pressure to dislodge healthy fat cells instead of “melting” tissue with RF or laser energy, more cells survive when transferred to another area resulting in better outcomes for the patient. Water jet assisted liposuction begins in the same way as tumescent liposuction. First, the skin will be cleansed and marked for treatment. Next, the patient will lay comfortably on an operating table while the incision site is numbed. A small cut will be made so a cannula can be inserted. The tissue will then be infiltrated with a tumescent solution which not only anesthetizes the patient, but allows for vasoconstriction of the blood vessels for less bleeding and swells tissue for easy access to treatment areas. Once the patient is thoroughly numbed, the liposuction procedure will begin. A cannula will be inserted that will suction away unwanted fat cells. With the water jet system, a pressurized stream of water at the tip of the cannula—similar to that of a shower head— helps to dislodge fat cells without destroying tissue for optimal harvesting and transfer. The cannula will be moved in a back and forth motion, suctioning away fat, until all desired adipose tissue is removed. If a lipo 360 procedure is being performed, the treatment will continue to be performed all over the body, typically the legs, thighs, buttocks, stomach, and back. If the fat is being used for grafting as well, the collected tissue will then be purified and injected to restore fullness to other areas of the body.
The goal of water jet assisted liposuction is to remove unwanted body fat and improve body contours.
What to Expect
Water jet assisted liposuction introduces a gentle yet powerful spray to help dislodge fat cells during aspiration in order to harvest more tissue with less damage to surrounding areas. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a water jet 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
- Cannula with saline spraying tip inserted into incision and moved back and forth
- Saline spray helps to dislodge fat while cannula suctions away tissue
- Compression garment applied
Most patients are able to return to work 5 days after the procedure and resume normal routines within 2 weeks. Compression garments typically do not need to be worn after 2 weeks postoperatively.
Water jet assisted liposuction is recommended for both men and women of any age that has diet and exercise resistant fat cells. This method is also recommended for patients who desire fat grafting.
Not Recommended For
Water jet assisted liposuction is not recommended for patients who have an unstable weight.
Side effects from water jet assisted liposuction may include slight temperature elevation, redness, discomfort, muscle soreness, swelling, bruising, and an itching sensation.