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Liposuction Methods and Types


The liposuction procedure can typically last anywhere from sixty minutes to four hours depending on the technique performed and the amount of excess fat that is needed for removal. Various types of anesthesia can be employed for liposuction including local tumescent anesthesia, conscious sedation anesthesia, and general anesthesia. Your surgeon will discuss which type of anesthesia and also what liposuction is best for your specific needs.




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Find out what type of liposuction is going to be right for you:

  • Suction Assisted Liposuction (SAL) - The procedure involves the removal of the fat by suction. Small instruments connected to suction are then used to vacuum out the fat carefully and re-contour the body.

  • Tumescent Liposuction - This is an advanced form of traditional liposuction that has been performed in the United States since the 1970's.

  • Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty (UAL) - This technique is similar to the tumescent liposuction technique in the fact that predefined areas are filled with tumescent fluid, but also ultrasonic energy is used to liquefy the fat before being removed.

  • Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) - PAL uses a power enhanced cannula which moves back and forth through the fat tissue in a rapid motion. PAL is not ultrasonic, as there is no heat generated to harm the healthy tissues.

  • SMART-LIPO - this is an relatively new procedure for removing excess body fat and firming loose skin. Through the use of a single laser fiber that is introduced into the body through a small cannula - surgeons are able to literally melt fat away by removing stubborn fat deposits and also toning the body. Smart Lipo is able to tighten the skin and help reduce the skin that sags by supposedly giving the skin more firmness.  




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