Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a procedure opted for, when there is a need to remove excess fat from specific areas of the body. Given below are the details about the same.
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction makes use of high-pitched sound waves, which help to liquefy fat. This fat is liquefied only in certain areas, after which it is removed. This procedure is normally used in cases where the fat is difficult to treat, or is difficult to get rid of, like the chin, neck, cheeks, knees, ankles, etc. It is normally done as an add on tumescent liposuction for patients that require body contouring in specific regions of the body. Given below are the steps involved in this liposuction procedure and what care needs to be taken before and after the procedure.
1. Fluid Injections
The first step in this procedure is to inject tumescent fluid. This fluid is a mixture of anesthetic, salt water solution, and epinephrine. This fluid is injected into the region that needs to be treated. This solution helps to prevent fluid loss during the process of fat removal. Thus, it enhances the overall procedure and makes fat deposits removal, a lot easier.
2. Liquefying Fat
Once the fluid has been injected, then fat removal is initiated by sound waves, which are produced with the help of a generator. These ultrasonic waves are transmitted through a thin, vacuum-like tube, which is known as cannula. When this cannula comes into contact with the fat cells, they liquefy and then can easily be removed. The ultrasonic waves target fat cells and implode the cells, which then get liquefied.
One of the main advantages of going in for surgical intervention when it comes to fat removal is that, the removal can be done from specific parts of the body. More often than not, when people go in for weight loss regimes, they only manage to lose overall weight, instead of shedding excessive fat from the desired areas of the body. Furthermore, this procedure has the ability to remove fat deposits of larger volumes at a time. Also, ultrasonic liposuction makes difficult fibrous areas easier to treat. Furthermore, along with weight loss, this liposuction has the added advantage of tightening the skin around the areas that are being treated, thus, aiding body contouring. This procedure also manages to get rid of sagging skin in the process. Hence, it is even used after tummy tuck procedures, for fine tuning of the skin, as it allows more precision.
As tempting as this procedure may be, there are also certain risks involved in this procedure. One of the main risks involved, is due to the huge amount of heat used in this procedure. This heat can lead to burns, blistering, and even scarring. Even though, in comparison with tumescent liposuction, there is less blood loss, less bruising, and decreased amount of tissue trauma observed in this process, the risk of heat burns still exists. Though, an experienced surgeon will know how to minimize the chances of this complication, yet there is no doubt that this danger still exists. Another risk involved in this surgical procedure is a complication known as seroma. This is the process in which the body tries to fill up the void created due to the removal of fat cells, by producing excess compensatory fluid.
Ultrasonic assisted liposuction is a procedure that is ideal for people who want to get rid of fat deposits only in particular areas. However, it is best to consult a surgeon, who has some experience in this field and get all your doubts clarified beforehand, so that you know what procedure you are going in for.