Liposuction has been one of the most popular aesthetic procedures performed for years. As people become more and more body conscious (especially after dieting and working out – literally putting hard work into getting into good shape) the ability to fix problem areas that don’t respond to exercise or to sculpt certain parts of their body becomes more and more popular.
In the past Liposuction included a cannula (the instrument used to remove the excess fat) and a surgeon’s manual effort to separate the fat from the other tissues. Technological advancements continue to refine both the instruments available and the manual effort of the surgeon. By making the tools do more of the work the surgeon is freer to sculpt and create fine, smoother, better silhouettes.
About Power-Assisted Liposuction
Power-Assisted Liposuction is a real breakthrough for both physicians and patients. Power-Assisted Liposuction involves a mechanized cannula that rapidly vibrates at a rate of 3,000 to 5,000 times per minute, helping to separate the fat from the other tissues. When used in conjunction with the Tumescent Technique (an saline-solution injection that includes local anesthesia and adrenaline), Power-Assisted Liposuction allows the surgeon to remove the unwanted fat much faster than with a manual cannula. This means that less time is needed under anesthesia, there is less bleeding, less trauma to the treated area, more precision in the fat removal, and a shorter recovery time for the patient. In other words, Power-Assisted Liposuction lets you heal faster so that you can see better results quicker.
In studies, patients that received Power-Assisted Liposuction had less bruising and healed much faster than patients who received traditional liposuction. Doctors were able to remove more fat because the Power-Assisted Liposuction let them work more precisely and quickly.
A Time to Heal
After the procedure healing will depend on how much liposuction was performed. Your physician will discuss your needs with you more in depth during your consultation as well as after the surgery. Keep in mind that you will need several days off from work and you may need to wait two to four weeks before you can get back to more strenuous activities. Your body will heal slowly and subtly and it may surprise you that it may not heal symmetrically. So, one thigh may heal faster than the other thigh or one side of the abdomen may heal faster than the other side. This is normal and your body will “even” out over the next few months.
Risks and Complications
There are risks and complications associated with all elective procedures. While they happen very rarely, hematoma, infection, and skin surface abnormalities are some of the risks associated with Liposuction. However, by choosing a qualified, experienced physician and by following post-op instructions carefully you can help to minimize the actuality of any complications.
Ultimately, making the decision to have aesthetic work done on one’s body is a personal decision. Liposuction can get rid of problem areas on your body that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Power-Assisted Liposuction can give you the results you are looking for with less trauma to your body, letting you heal faster and see those results quicker.