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What Is Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction?

What Is Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction?

Even those who stick to a strict exercise and nutrition routine can struggle to get rid of some stubborn pockets of fat. These areas (typically near the arms, abdomen, hips, thighs, calves, ankles, and under the chin) are difficult to naturally shape on their own and can make people feel insecure about their body. One way to address these areas is to use body contouring techniques such as liposuction. This has been one of the most popular cosmetic surgeries for years and has yielded gratifying results for many people. Liposuction is often a procedure of suctioning solidified fat from the body, but there is another procedure available called ultrasonic assisted liposuction that liquefies fat cells for easier removal.

Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction

What Is Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction?
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to liquefy fat cells in a targeted area before they are removed from the body. There are two main types of ultrasonic assisted liposuction: internal and external. 

  • Internal ultrasonic assisted liposuction is completed by inserting a probe into the area with the problematic fat cells and then emitting sonic vibrations within the body to break up fat cells. The surgeon will then use suction in the incision site to remove the liquefied fat.
  • External ultrasonic assisted liposuction also breaks up fat cells, but it is completed from the outside of the body so that an incision does not need to be made. During external ultrasonic assisted liposuction, a paddle-like tool emits a sonic vibration through the skin to break up fat cells. After the fat cells have been liquefied, the body will transport those cells to the liver, after which they will be expelled as waste through the urine. This type of liposuction is non-invasive and does not require any incisions.

Why Use Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction?
This type of liposuction is better at targeting specific areas of stubborn fat, it increases skin contraction, and it preserves the surrounding nerves. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction also benefits the surgeon, as it is easier to remove liquefied fat, which will reduce surgeon fatigue.

Associated Risks
While ultrasonic assisted liposuction has the benefit that it is less invasive, it does carry some risk with it. Some potential risks are scarring, nerve damage, skin loss, abdominal holes, and the development of seromas. These are fluid-filled pockets of old blood plasma and dead cells that can develop where liposuction takes place. While there are some risks associated with ultrasonic assisted liposuction, as there are with all forms of surgery and body contouring, the risks are typically mild and uncommon. Discuss these risks with your doctor during a consultation.

For Liposuction In Kelowna, Visit Peterson MD

If you are interested in getting rid of stubborn areas of fat to create a smooth, contoured look, consider ultrasonic assisted liposuction. This type of cosmetic surgery is either non-invasive or minimally invasive, depending on the type of ultrasonic assisted liposuction you receive. Having a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon will help you determine which procedure is right for you and how best to address your areas of concern. To get a top-quality consultation and to start your journey to a contoured body and increased self-confidence, contact Dr. Brian Peterson at Peterson MD in Kelowna. As a highly respected and renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Peterson can help you achieve your dream body. To schedule a consultation with Peterson MD, either fill out the contact form or call 1-250-868-9099.


Q: Are the results of liposuction permanent?
A: Yes. Liposuction permanently removes fat cells. However, fat cells in other parts of your body can still expand as you gain weight.

Q: Should liposuction be used to lose weight?
A: No, liposuction is not designed for dramatic weight loss. It is instead a form of body contouring used to remove areas of fat deposits that are difficult to target with healthy eating and exercise. Ultrasonic assisted liposuction does not target or change the appearance of cellulite.

Q: Are the results of ultrasonic assisted liposuction similar to traditional liposuction?
A: Yes, the end result will be the same, although it may take longer to see the results of External ultrasonic assisted liposuction as the fat cells will need some time to exit the body.

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