Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic Liposuction was first introduced in 1990 where ultrasonic energy was used to remove fat. Since then ultrasound-assisted liposuction was also referred to as ultrasonic liposuction.

During an ultrasonic liposuction a cannula is inserted to the body area where the fat shall be removed. Through this cannula the ultrasound shock waves are transmitted directly to the fat cells. The fat cells are bursting, leaking the fat which then can easily be removed through the cannula. Ultrasonic liposuction works best on the upper back or male breast area.

The advantages of an ultrasonic liposuction are less blood loss and less tissue damage but the surgery takes a bit longer than a normal liposuction surgery.

There is also a new method called external ultrasonic liposuction where the ultrasound is applied from outside the body without using a cannula. Since this method is still pretty new, it is not yet available everywhere. The advantages of this method are less blood loss and more comfort for the patient. It can also be applied to a larger body area.

Ultrasonic liposuction is often seen as an more effective, convenient and safer procedure. However, every surgery carries risks. The risks with an ultrasonic liposuction are skin burns and nerve damage because of the energy of the ultrasound. Your internal organs could be damaged as well, especially when old equipment is used. The body may also be left with excessive skin which may need an additional cosmetic surgery where the skin is going to be removed.

However, liposuction surgeries are performed since decades now and are pretty safe. While the ultrasonic liposuction is newer, the procedure is still considered to be very safe. Some of the best surgeons can be found in Manhatten and every month more and more people go for a Manhattan ultrasonic liposuction where it just takes minutes to get in shape.

Some surgeons say that an ultrasonic liposuction does not provide any benefits over normal liposuction surgery but this depends on what surgery needs to be done. The advantages of ultrasonic liposuction over the standard fat removal surgery are still notable, near to 50% less bleeding, less damage and a larger amount of fat can be removed as well. Ultrasonic liposuction can also be used on areas where conventional liposuction is risky or impossible to perform, like in the face or neck area. Ultrasonic liposuction can also remove kinds of fat which can't be removed by the normal procedure.

Ultrasonic liposuction does cost more than a normal liposuction. The prices can vary much and depend on how much fat is going to be removed and where. Normal liposuction costs start at $1,500, the ultrasonic liposuction starts at about $3,000 because expensive additional equipment is needed.

If you consider going for ultrasonic liposuction then you should find a surgeon who uses the faster and safer one-stage procedure where ultrasound and fat suction is performed at the same time through the same cannula while an older procedure uses ultrasound first and then removes the fat later. You should also make sure that your cosmetic surgeon uses the latest technology. You may also inform yourself about the new external ultrasonic liposuction. However, this new procedure is still debated because a stronger ultrasound energy is needed as the energy comes from outside the body.