What is Power Liposuction? Our Power Liposuction is an updated version of the original standard that put liposuction on the map in the first place. It has been a long time since the invention of liposuction and with that time passage many technological advances have happened in the medical and surgical fields. We have revisited the benefits of power liposuction, updated our instruments and technique and use it to further reap the benefits of large volume fat (adipose tissue) removal. The version we use dominates the results of any other liposuction method. This method is the best for the large fat areas we target and we use it both as a sole solution and we also incorporate it with multiple procedures.

What is Liposuction? Liposuction is a surgical procedure that targets fat cells directly. This procedure separates the fat from where is sits in your body and sucks it out. When liposuction was in first use there was only one method and the patient had to be placed under general anesthesia. Today, there are many different types of liposuction available and most can be performed on a patient using only local anesthesia. There has been a general move to use local anesthesia compared to general anesthesia because of many different factors. First, the risk to the patient is minimized. This is apparent during and after the procedure. During the procedure, strategic amounts of anesthesia are used, not an overwhelming amount. This method helps because it does not have an opportunity to overload any system of your body, for example, your heart and cardiovascular system. Secondly, your recovery time is greatly reduced. The patient does not have to spend hours waking up from general anesthesia. Another factor is cost. The patient does not have to have an anesthesiologist assigned to them and the patient does not have to stay in a recovery room post-procedure. These costs are eliminated and these savings are passed down to the patient. We incorporate this surgical method into many of our procedures here at Alpha Aesthetics because of these benefits.

What are other types of Liposuction?This question has an evolving answer. When liposuction was first FDA approved it had limited application. Now the techniques have grown and so has the technology. Remembering the definition of liposuction from above, the idea of liposuction has not changed. The procedures listed here still separate the fat and then suck the fat out of the body. The suction portion is very similar if not the same. The big difference with the new and evolving technology is how the different methods separate the fat before it is sucked out.

Power-Assisted Liposuction:
This methods uses a powerized cannula that moves back and forth to dislodge the fat while suction is performed. This method is known as standard liposuction.

Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction:
This is the newest method available. The Body-Jet machine we use here is the only water-jet assisted liposuction machine approved by the FDA. It is also known as Aqua Lipo, Water Lipo, Liquid Lipo and Bodyjet Lipo. Here the fat is gently separated by a water jet and sucked out of the body. The Body-Jet is so gentle that the fat and surrounding tissue retains its integrity. This is important because with this method the the fat that has been sucked out is in its pure form and can be re-injected into other parts of the patient’s body to smooth out wrinkles of the face or augment areas of the body like breast, butt and hands.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction:
This method uses a low-energy laser that breaks up the fat. It is also suppose to help the skin re-adhere and slightly tighten loose skin. It is known as Smart Lipo or Cool Lipo.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction:
The method here uses a high frequency ultrasound wave to emulsify and break down the fat so it is easier to suction out. This method is known as Vaser Lipo.

Radio Frequency (RF)-Assisted Liposuction:
This is a method not yet approved by the FDA. It uses radio frequency to separate and dislodge the fat.

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