What Are The Different Types Of Liposuction?

Liposuction is the process of removing fat from certain areas of the body in order to trim your shape. It is not meant as a weight loss alternative, but simply to help remove small areas of fat that you were unable to get rid of through healthy diet and exercise. There are a few different methods used for liposuction including newer, non-invasive methods. Here are some different types of liposuction to consider.

Tumescent Liposuction

The standard type of liposuction many people think of is called tumescent liposuction. In this method, a tube is inserted into the body, where it sucks out the fatty tissue. This is done multiple times in problem areas of the body, often in the thighs, arms, abdomen, buttocks, and breasts. If anesthesia is used to numb the body before entering the tube, it is called wet liposuction. Dry liposuction is also sometimes performed, which does not use a local anesthetic. Most people do not need general anesthesia (though it might be an option).

Ultrasonic Liposuction

If you are looking for a non-invasive method of liposuction, you might want to consider ultrasonic liposuction. In this method, the doctor uses high-pitched sound waves in order to turn the fatty tissue into liquid before being removed by a tube. It is often combined with tumescent liposuction, though liquefying the fat makes it a faster and easier process for the doctor, and you don't have a difficult recovery period. With regular liposuction, you might discover some intense soreness following the procedure. However, ultrasonic liposuction helps to remove it through a very thin tube. This method is used often when removing fat from your neck or chin, ankles, and calves.

Laser Liposuction

There is also laser liposuction, another non-invasive form of liposuction. It is similar to ultrasonic liposuction, in that the fat turns to liquid before it is removed through a vacuum-like tool. Aside from the fact that it is faster and less invasive, you may also get the benefit of your collagen and elastin being stimulated by the lasers. This can help tighten the skin following liposuction. As you know, getting fat removed in this manner can leave you with loose, sagging skin. The laser liposuction has the possibility of helping to reduce the problem.

Speak to your doctor about these options if you are considering liposuction. The areas of your body where you want liposuction, your personal preferences, and the amount of fatty tissue to be removed, can make a difference in which options are available to you. For more information, consider contacting a professional like those at Plastic Surgery Innovation PC.