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Liposuction Q&A Part 1

What is the difference between tumescent liposuction and ultrasound liposuction? Is one better than the other?
The standard principle of liposuction involves using a cannula to suction out fat from an area of fat burden. Some years ago, tumescent liposuction was developed, which involves instilling the tumescent fluid under pressure into the area to be suctioned. This technique not only improved the results from liposuction but also allowed for larger volumes of fat to be removed.

The ultrasound liposuction technique still involves a variation of the standard cannula and the tumescent technique, but also adds an ultrasound current to the tip of the cannula. The ultrasound current further dissolves fat and probably improves results for certain areas.

What are even more important in liposuction are the skills, experience and artistic judgment of the plastic surgeon performing the procedure. Understanding male vs. female fat distribution, recognizing end points, utilizing different cannula techniques, and sculpturing are far more important issues.

The key to achieving a patient's desired look is understanding what the patient is hoping for and designing a sound surgical procedure. If you want to know if your surgeon is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, call 1-888-4-PLASTIC.


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