What is ultrasonic liposuction?
Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction or UAL refers to any liposuction technique that has been modified to transmit ultrasonic energy to fatty tissue beneath the skin, breaking it down so it can be removed. There are two types of techniques used, Internal and external.
Internal ultrasonic liposuction
With internal ultrasonic liposuction a canula, which is like a large needle, is inserted into the fatty area. A special fluid is delivered to the area via the canula which also transmits the ultrasonic vibrations and heat. The ultrasonic energy breaks down the fat into an oily substance which, when mixed with the special fluid, can be removed through the same canula using vacuum suction. The removed fat can be re-used if the patient is having any further treatments, like lip enhancement.
The major benefit of internal ultrasonic liposuction
In this type of liposuction the removal of fat is permanent due to the inability of the body to create anymore fat cells, post puberty. If the patient does gain weight again it will be because the fat cells left behind have expanded, but there will be far fewer left in the body after this procedure than were present before.
External ultrasonic liposuction
This method transmits the ultrasonic energy to the fat without having to pierce the skin. Metal paddles are placed over the skin so that the ultrasonic vibrations can break down the fat from without. Although this method breaks the fat down, most scientific research shows that it doesn't actually remove it from the body. Because of its ineffectiveness to remove the fat, external ultrasonic liposuction is hardly ever used today.
The risks involved
Many tests have been carried out to assess the risks involved. It has been discovered that the following problems can occur: -The heat used can cause blood clots in the small blood vessels. -Seromas, which are yellowish, fluid filled cavities below the skin, can appear and may persist for weeks or months after the procedure. -Numbness and damage to the peripheral nerves are also possibilities. -Manufacturers of external ultrasonic devices specify that they should not be used over heart, ovaries or large arteries, prohibiting use on the male chest, female abdomen, neck or chin areas.
When is ultrasonic liposuction considered?
Ideally, a candidate for this procedure would be someone who has persevered with a good diet and exercise regime but have retained some areas of fat that will not respond. This surgery can also help rectify a disproportionate figure, where fat tends to store in a particular area. The possibility of having the fat removed permanently can also motivate someone that is struggling with weight gain to embark on a healthier lifestyle.