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Suction Assited Liposuction

All liposuction is essentially suction-assisted lipectomy (SAL) - the removal of fat from the body through the assistance of some  form of suction.  Fat removal involves the use of a cannula (which is a thin hollow tube that is inserted below the skin) to manually loosen fat. 

Suction is applied through the cannula to remove the fat from the body with specialized vacuum powered equipment.  For small localized areas such as the face or to harvest fat for grafting, suction may be manual, using a large syringe attached to the cannula. 

Improvements in SAL include the ability to use smaller cannulas, thereby leading to smaller incisions and more precisely sculpted contours.  This is made possible by accompanying SAL with specialized techniques, mainly tumescent and ultrasound assistance.




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Advantages of Suction Assisted Liposuction:

  • This method of liposuction is the least expensive to perform and yet one of the most widely used procedures. 

Disadvantages of Suction Assisted Liposuction include:

  • more damage to the blood vessels

  • more damage to the lymphatic vessels and nerves

  • sagging of skin









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