Types of Liposuction
There are several different types of liposuction available today and this can be confusing and a distraction from the two most important parts of the liposuction process. The Safety & Artistry. Understanding your desires and goals, appreciation of the balance between your unique distribution of fat excess and your skin elasticity, your plastic surgeon’s experience, and the skill they bring are the prime determinants of the results achievable.
Advances in technology mean new types of liposuction are frequently developed. The type of liposuction used will depend on your individual anatomy and the parts of your body being treated.
Traditional Liposuction is the fundamental basis of all the other types of liposuction techniques used today. Traditional liposuction has the advantage of being one of the safest forms of liposuction available. The traditional technique can be varied by using different sized cannulas but most of the time it is done with a small diameter cannula. This involves using fluid placed into the fat at the time of the procedure to minimise swelling, decrease pain and bruising, and speed the recovery process. This all adds up to maximising the patient outcome.
Power Assisted Liposuction
This technique involves the use of an oscillating tip at the end of the cannula powered by an electric motor called the Microaire system. This helps break up the dense fibrous attachments within the fat cells. The advantages are it reduces the workload of the surgeons, allowing more precise sculpting while greatly assisting in the fat removal process. Unlike laser/ultrasound/radiofrequency-based liposuction devices there are no risks of burns to the skin. This is a powerful benefit over more modern liposuction techniques.
Vaser Liposuction uses an ultrasound probe on the end of the cannula. This Ultrasound Probe generates heat energy to help break down and liquify the fat for easy removal. The advantage here is the fat is easier to remove. The disadvantage is the control of the heat can comprise patient safety if not done precisely.
In laser liposuction, laser is used to deliver heat and energy into the fatty area to liquify fat cells for easier removal. This technology is also known as Smart Lipo. The laser generates heat inside the skin of the patient which offers a skin tightening effect.
Radio frequency-assisted liposuction
Radio frequency-assisted liposuction is also known by the name Body Tite or Face Tite, depending on which area is being treated. This technology uses Radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin instead of Laser or Ultrasound. Inbuilt temperature sensing technology prevents burns to the skin by automatically shutting off when optimal temperatures are reached. This added level of safety is unique to the Bodytite device and offers an added level of comfort and safety.