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Ultrasound liposuction is a surgical technique in plastic surgery that has gain and lost popularity over the last decade.
There are many reasons why this is so.
Side-effects, expense, and public perception are just three factors that have played a part in the mixed review that ultrasonic liposuction has received... However, the technique never seems to go away.
In fact, it gets reinvented in newer, better forms and has become more common place over the years.
This article aims to speak candidly about both the strengths and weaknesses of the technique and perhaps give some insight about its fluctuating momentum in the plastic surgery community.
Ultrasonic liposuction is very similar to traditional liposuction in how it is performed.
In both traditional and ultrasound-assisted liposuction - a fluid containing local anesthetic is injected into the fatty tissue layer located between the skin and muscle. The fluid not only helps to prevent discomfort for the patient but also helps to solubilize fat (fancy term for - helps to the make the fat more liquid).
Where ultrasound liposuction differs is that a device producing ultrasonic energy is used. This device is mechanically attached to the traditional surgical equipment so that it occurs during the surgery and doesn't generally require an extra surgical step. This ultrasonic energy causes fat cells to vibrate rapidly, thus breaking up the cell walls and allowing the fatty material to leak out.
The injected fluid and fat are then removed from the treatment area using low-pressure suction.
I'm sure you will have noticed that I said "theoretical" earlier. This is because these are advantages that you hope to see with the ultrasonic technique.. In practice there are some significant negatives that have been seen with ultrasonic liposuction as well.
In addition to the risks involved in traditional liposuction ultrasonic liposuction has some very specific potential side effects.
This isn't a complete list of potential side-effects associated with liposuction. There is a common myth about liposuction and that is, "It's as simple as having your teeth cleaned." It is not. Liposuction is surgery Period and there are risks associated with it.
Because of the added risks associated with the ultrasonic technique it has lost some favor over the years, but has not entirely gone away.
The technique has a higher learning curve for physicians and the equipment is more expensive than the traditional technique. So many doctors have reasoned that because the results are very similar to traditional liposuction and the expense and inconvenience of the technique is greater... why perform the technique at all.
One reason why the technique has remained available is that some doctors have seen greater skin retraction after using ultrasonic technology in their patients.
Retraction can help patients whose skin is not quite as elastic as the traditional technique requires (i.e. older patients). For that reason some docs still use it in their practices.
Another set of risks associated with any plastic surgery come from the patient's specific health profile. The take home lesson here is that you should have a thorough conversation with your surgeon. During this conversation you should talk about all of the potential risks associated with ultrasound-liposuction, and with your health history.
Be thorough.. AND realistic.
Should you not prove to be a good candidate for surgery you may have to accept an alternative procedure or another approach to contouring your body.
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