Liposuction has become one of the most popular and frequently performed aesthetic operations in the world. As its popularity has grown, the equipment and techniques used to perform the procedure have been refined and improved. One such liposuction technique is ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL). Dr. Joseph Rabson does not perform ultrasound assisted liposuction at our practice, as he feels the benefits do not outweigh the risks. This is not to say, however, it is unsafe in skilled hands. However, we are happy to offer advanced liposuction and tummy tuck procedures to meet the needs and wants of our patients. If you are considering ultrasound assisted liposuction in the Philadelphia or Montgomery County area, Dr. Joseph Rabson and our experienced team will be happy to discuss with you are preferences in technique.
Traditional liposuction, also called suction assisted liposuction, uses a small, tube-like implement called a cannula that is inserted through a small incision. The surgeon carefully moves the cannula through the fat layer, breaking up the fat cells and vacuuming them out of the body. Ultrasound assisted liposuction introduces high frequency sound energy to first break up the fat.
The first step of ultrasound assisted liposuction involves the injection of a tumescent fluid (a mixture of anesthetic, saline, and epinephrine) into the area being treated. The tumescent fluid helps to prevent fluid loss and makes fat deposits easier to remove. Once the tumescent fluid is injected, the UAL procedure can begin. During a UAL procedure a specialized metallic instrument is used that emits ultrasonic vibrations within the body. The ultrasonic waves are able to burst the walls of the fat cells. By bursting the fat cells, the UAL essentially liquefy the fat in the area being treated, making it easy to vacuum out. Once the specialized cannula from the UAL is finished being used, a standard suction assisted liposuction must still be performed to remove the freshly liquefied fat. Once the standard liposuction is finished and all the liquefied fat is removed, the procedure is complete; the excess fluid is allowed to drain, and the small incisions are sutured.
Dr. Rabson and our team at Advanced Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center believe that there are equally effective alternatives to ultrasound assisted liposuction. If you are in the Philadelphia and Montgomery County area, and are considering ultrasound assisted liposuction, please do not hesitate to contact D. Rabson today. Our team can discuss your goals with you and devise a course of action.
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Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
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