Ultrasound Liposuction Vs. Traditional Liposuction

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Many Americans struggle with excess weight even with a regiment of diet and exercise. Tens of thousands of people undergo liposuction every year to shed these stubborn pounds. Many doctors stress that liposuction is NOT a replacement for diet and exercise.

What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that is designed to break apart and remove fat tissue with the assistance of suction. There are many different methods to go about actually breaking apart the tissue; however, all are assisted by suction.

Ultrasound Liposuction
One of the newest liposuction methods, ultrasound liposuction (also called VASER or ultrasonic liposuction) offers promise for revolutionizing the procedure. It works by liquefying the fat with ultrasonic waves administered by a specially-designed probe that's inserted into the fat through a small incision. Inserted through the same incision is a cannula (a small tube designed for removing liquids) which sucks the liquefied fat out.

The major breakthrough of this operation is that blood vessels, nerves, and other body materials are left intact while only the fat is remove. No other method offers this benefit.

Pros
Allows a fast recovery and smooth, predictable results because only fat is removed while other body materials are left intact.

Cons
This is a new technology, so adoption rate is still low.

Traditional Liposuction
In tradition liposuction, the surgeon inserts a cannula and then pushes and pulls it through the fat tissue in order to break up the fat. The cannula removes the fat with suction as it's broken apart.

Pros
This is the most common method of liposuction, allowing experience to reduce some of the risk.

Cons
Because blood vessels and nerves are also removed during the procedure, there's a long recovery period and results can potentially end up lumpy or rough.

Laser Liposuction
In this procedure, a low-powered laser penetrates the skin and weakens the membrane of fat cells, causing much of the fat stored in these cells to ooze out. A cannula is then inserted through a small incision to suck out the fat. Once all of the fat is removed, the laser is used a second time to cauterize blood vessels in order reduce bleeding. This second lazing helps lower the recovery time.

Pros
The laser does its work very quickly, making it one of the quickest methods of liposuction. Blood vessels are cauterized, so a short recovery time is expected.

Cons
This can only be safely used for small sections of fat. Important tissues may be thermally damaged in the process. The result may be irregularly contoured.
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Sound Surgical Technologies, LLC (http://www.VASER.com/) is about Ultrasound Liposuction creator of the Vaser Lipo System, focuses on ultrasonic technologies and related techniques for aesthetic surgery.

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This article was published on 2011/01/21