Liposuction has been one of the most popular aesthetic procedures performed for years. As individuals become more and more body conscious (especially after dieting and working out, and investing hard work into achieving an ideal shape) the ability to fix problem areas that do not respond to exercise or to sculpt certain parts of their body becomes more and more popular.
In the past liposuction included a cannula (the small instrument used to remove the excess fat) and a surgeon’s manual effort to separate the fat from the other tissues. Technological advancements continue to refine both the instruments available and the manual effort of the surgeon. By making the tools do more of the work the surgeon is more free to sculpt and create fine, smoother, better silhouettes.
What is power-assisted liposuction?
Power-assisted liposuction is a breakthrough for both physicians and patients. Power-assisted liposuction involves a mechanized cannula that rapidly vibrates at a rate of 3,000 to 5,000 times per minute, helping to separate the fat from the other tissues. When used in conjunction with the tumescent technique (an saline-solution injection that includes local anesthesia and adrenaline), power-assisted liposuction allows the surgeon to remove the unwanted fat much faster than with a manual cannula. This means that less time is needed under anesthesia, there is less bleeding, less trauma to the treated area, more precision in the fat removal, and a shorter recovery time for the patient. In other words, power-assisted liposuction allows you to heal faster resulting in earlier results.
In studies, patients that received power-assisted liposuction had less bruising and healed much faster than patients who received traditional liposuction. Doctors were able to remove more fat since the power-assisted liposuction allowed them to work more precisely and quickly.
What can I expect after power-assisted liposuction?
After the procedure healing will depend on the extent of the liposuction performed. Your physician will discuss your needs with you more in depth during your consultation as well as after the surgery. Keep in mind that you will need several days off from work and you may need to wait two to four weeks before you can get back to more strenuous activities. Your body will heal slowly and subtly and it may surprise you that it may not heal symmetrically. So, one thigh may heal faster than the other thigh or one side of the abdomen may heal faster than the other side. This is normal and your body will “even out” over the next few months.
What are the potential risks and complications of power-assisted liposuction?
There are risks and complications associated with all elective procedures. While they happen very rarely, hematoma, infection, and skin surface abnormalities are some of the risks associated with liposuction. However, by choosing a qualified, experienced physician and by following post-op instructions carefully you can help to minimize the actuality of any complications.
Ultimately, making the decision to have aesthetic work done on one’s body is a personal decision. Liposuction can get rid of problem areas on your body that don’t respond to diet and exercise. Power-assisted liposuction can give you the results you are looking for with less trauma to your body, letting you heal faster with earlier results.
If you would like to find out more about our liposuction procedures or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Boris Volshteyn, our board certified plastic surgeon, please contact our office at 732-641-3350