Types Of Lipsuction Procedures

Liposuction is the fat reduction and body sculpting technique that is commonly available at most cosmetic surgeon offices. However, while unknown to some, there are several different types of liposuction procedures, each with their own benefit. Here are some liposuction procedures that are available with today’s technology.

Water Jet Assisted Liposuction

This popular liposuction procedure is also known as body jet liposuction and is designed to remove fat deposits under the skin. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of lipedema by taking out the built-up fat in the legs. This procedure utilizes a stream of lidocaine and saline that, when pressurized, dislodges and removes fat cells. This allows for a gentler process by loosening the fat instead of destroying it. Water jet assisted liposuction is in a way a modification of tumescent liposuction. One of the most enjoyed benefits of water jet assisted liposuction is that general anesthesia is typically not needed. Your surgeon will have a detailed assessment to help you with your fluid management. Water jet assisted liposuction can also be used for breast and butt augmentations.

Tumescent Technique

Another recently developed technique that also removes the need for general anesthesia is the tumescent technique. This more recent technique was first developed in 1986 by Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein, M.D., who has gone on to train other cosmetic surgeons, such as Dr. Wright at St. Louis Lipo, in how to give his popular procedure. Several benefits of this procedure are that recovery times are often shorter, patients can stay awake since general anesthesia is not used, there is generally minimal blood loss, and the technique is gentle on the body. The procedure uses lidocaine and epinephrine injections to shrink capillaries, thus reducing the chance of excessive blood loss. Most cosmetic surgeons have begun to use this procedure due to its safety of use.   Most modern liposuction uses tumescent technique to make the recovery faster and lessen risks.

Laser Liposuction

Laser liposuction, also called laser-assisted liposuction, is a proven procedure for its effectiveness. This procedure uses laser technology to gently dissolves fat before it is removed surgically. This procedure is also used to tighten and contour the skin for a smooth and lasting result. Laser liposuction is ideal for parts of the body where excess deposits of fat can build up, such as the abdomen, thighs, chin, neck, and more. Once the fat is dissolved, a tumescent technique is then used to remove the fat from the body. This popular procedure has a speedy recovery time and only needs over-the-counter pain medication to alleviate any possible discomfort you may feel following the surgery. The only downside to laser liposuction is that it is individualized per patient, so you will need to consult with your cosmetic physician to determine any specifics regarding your possible treatment.