Patients who are interested in having liposuction can easily feel overwhelmed by all the different methods and techniques available, each of which claims to be the best and deliver the most dramatic results. Let’s look into some of the different lipo methods available and whether one technique actually delivers better results than the others.
Laser Lipo vs. UAL
Some of the most popular technologies among newer lipo methods include laser liposuction and ultrasonic-assisted lipo, often called UAL. UAL uses sound energy to emulsify fat cells, while laser lipo incorporates the power of lasers. Proponents claim that these newer methods deliver superior results with a quicker, easier recovery period. Yet, there’s no reliable clinical evidence that any new techniques or liposuction equipment offer consistently better results compared to standard tumescent lipo.
The Gold Standard
For any cosmetic surgeon who’s spent a good deal of time performing body contouring procedures, tumescent liposuction remains the gold standard. During tumescent lipo, your surgeon saturates the treatment area with a sterile saline solution to loosen fat cells in order to facilitate their removal, without the need for lasers or sound waves. Sometimes called “traditional” lipo, tumescent liposuction has a long history of delivering predictable and quality results while preserving patient safety.
Although methods will always continue evolving in the world of liposuction, the artistic skill required to create beautiful, natural-looking contours with lipo cannot be overstated. No matter which liposuction technique you prefer, the surgeon you choose to perform your procedure remains the decision that’s most important in terms of directly impacting your results.
In the end, doing your research and working with an experienced cosmetic surgeon will mean a more impressive final result than can be promised by any specific liposuction technique.
Dr. Joseph J. Castellano is a native Floridian who grew up in the Tampa Bay area. During medical school and his 5 years of training in General Surgery, Dr. Castellano developed a strong interest in Cosmetic Surgery. He followed his residency training with an elective year of specialized training with the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. From 2010-2011, he completed a fellowship in Indiana focused entirely of cosmetic surgery of the face and body. During his fellowship, he received specialized training in facial rejuvenation, breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, and body contouring. Dr. Castellano received his board certification from the American College of Surgeons in 2010.
Dr. Castellano focuses on breast augmentation, abdominoplasty, liposuction, facelift, and eyelid rejuvenation. Additionally, he operates on numerous skin cancers, scar revisions, spider veins, and specializes in the management of aging skin with chemical peels and laser resurfacing.
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