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The Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction Technique

Vishnu Rumalla Nov 26, 2013

Fort Worth Ultrasound-assisted LiposuctionThe results of a body contouring procedure depend on multiple factors: a patient’s body type, health, and lifestyle will all influence the final outcome. However, an equally important factor is the procedure itself, including the technique used and the surgeon’s familiarity with it. As a highly trained and experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Vishnu Rumalla is extremely comfortable with the technologies he utilizes, and liposuction is no exception.

Through the use of ultrasonic energy, liposuction has produced truly beautiful results for our patients in Fort Worth. Here is what you need to know about the ultrasound-assisted liposuction technique.

What Is Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction?

In ultrasound-assisted liposuction (UAL), ultrasonic energy is emitted into the body, directed at unwanted deposits of fat. As the energy passes through the fat, its cells are broken down and liquefied. Through the use of a small tube, called a cannula, the fat is then removed.

In traditional liposuction, the cannula is also used for the separation of fat. Therefore, surgeons must manually break the fat apart through movement of the cannula, sometimes resulting in damage to nearby tissue. With the assistance of ultrasound, fat can be more easily removed, providing effective results with little risk.

Types of Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction

When ultrasound is used in conjunction with liposuction, it is generally employed in one of two ways. Both methods can produce similar results, with individual doctors usually being trained and experienced in one technique or the other:

  • Internal UAL: In this technique, a small probe is attached to the end of the cannula. As the cannula moves toward fat, ultrasonic energy is released directly into the tissue, liquefying it. Because the probe is used inside the body, this procedure looks very similar to traditional liposuction. However, surgeons can apply less force within the body, while focusing more on the contouring itself.
  • External UAL: Prior to insertion of the cannula, an ultrasonic probe is used outside the body. By specifically targeting subcutaneous fat, ultrasonic energy passes through the skin harmlessly before dissolving the undesirable tissue underneath. Once the probe has completed its job, the surgeon can remove all loosened fat.

In order to minimize the risk of burns or damage to adjacent tissue, UAL also utilizes a tumescent solution prior to surgery. This solution, containing epinephrine and a local anesthetic, is injected into the site of liposuction, causing it to become temporarily swollen and firm. By enlarging the area, the correct tissues can be more accurately targeted. Additionally, tumescent liposuction significantly reduces side effects after surgery, including bleeding, swelling, and bruising.

Between the benefits of UAL and tumescent injection, it’s clear how our techniques can give you outstanding, safe plastic surgery results.  

The Benefits of Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction

From the procedure itself to your recovery and lasting results, UAL can bring many advantages to an already successful procedure. Here are some of the benefits you can expect from internal or external UAL:

  • Better treatment of denser or more fibrous areas
  • More efficient removal of large areas of fat
  • Easier body sculpting
  • Less blood loss
  • Less discomfort
  • Reduced side effects during recovery
  • Potentially tighter, healthier skin in the area of treatment

Come In for a Consultation

Liposuction has helped our patients achieve the bodies they want, in turn reinforcing their confidence. Through ultrasonic assistance, tumescent injection, or our SmartLipo® laser technology, you too can have the satisfaction of a successful body contouring procedure. To inquire further about our plastic surgery treatments, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rumalla, contact our office today!

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