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Which Lipo Is Best?

If you’ve been considering liposuction, you’re probably wondering what, exactly, the difference is among all those possible techniques. Here’s the scoop on all the available lipo options to help you make the right choice for you.

Tumescent Lipo

Also referred to as traditional liposuction, tumescent lipo starts out with an injection of special saline solution into the targeted area. This process helps to break up the fat cells so they can be removed more easily. During the withdrawal process, the cannula (hollow surgical tube) is often moved under the skin with a vigorous back and forth motion to further loosen fat cells.

Laser-Assisted Lipo

Introduced in 2007, laser-assisted liposuction (brand name Smartlipo™) is the latest technology for performing liposuction. Using laser energy, the fatty tissue is liquefied for removal. Very small incisions are made near the target area, through which a tiny laser fiber is inserted. A cannula is then used to remove the liquefied fat cells.

Ultrasonic-Assisted Liposuction

Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction, or UAL (brand name VASER®) uses high-frequency sound waves to emulsify fat deposits, which can then be removed with a small cannula. Since these sound waves are specific just to fat cells, the surrounding blood vessels and soft tissues are not affected during UAL treatments.

The Best Choice

So which type of lipo will give you the best results? The truth is, there’s no one right answer. Every surgeon will have their preference as to which method they personally prefer, or may recommend one technique over another for your specific needs. Ultimately, however, all surgeons agree on one thing: the tool used is secondary to the skill level of your surgeon, so make finding the best surgeon your top priority.

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