There is a selection of liposuction techniques that can be used. These include:
Tumescent Liposuction: This technique uses a wetting solution with local anesthetic, which is injected before surgery. This solution shrinks blood vessels, minimizing blood loss and postoperative pain.
Power-assisted Liposuction: This technique draws fat out with a vacuum and uses a tool that speeds up the motion of the cannula for quicker fat removal.
Ultrasound-assisted Liposuction: This technique uses a handpiece that transmits energy to loosen and melt fat. This allows for a larger area of fat to be removed.
VASER: VASER liposuction uses an ultrasonic cannula which disperses energy throughout the targeted area, making fat removal easier.
Laser-assisted Liposuction: Commonly referred to as SmartLipoTM, a small laser fiber is inserted through the skin to heat the fat and “melt” it to allow for a more even and complete fat removal, then the laser fiber can be re-inserted to use heat to tighten the skin.
Water Jet-assisted Liposuction: A fine, powerful spray of water is used to break up the fatty tissue for a more complete and even fat removal.
Not all of these various techniques are offered at J Sweat Plastic Surgery and this list is not to be inclusive of every type of liposuction available. During your consultation, all of your questions will be answered about the various techniques and which will be the best for your desired outcome and body type.
Following liposuction, drains may be placed to collect any excess fluids, but this is uncommon. Surgical garments and compression garments will need to be worn to diminish swelling. Bruising and swelling are common, and any discomfort can be controlled with pain medication. While most of the swelling will resolve within 2-4 weeks after surgery, results will continue to improve gradually over the next several months. When the small incisions heal they are barely noticeable. Follow-up visits will be needed following surgery to ensure proper healing. Contact us today or visit our blog page for more information!