You’ve heard of liposuction. Learn how another body contouring technique called Ultrasonic Liposuction can improve your appearance. Ultrasonic Liposuction is a new procedure that helps change the parts of your body that have been resistant to diet and exercise, or that have been affected by the passage of time. It uses the gentle power of ultrasound to target only the fat you want removed, leaving all other tissue largely undisturbed. In fact, the procedure can be performed with such precision that even delicate areas like the face and neck can be reshaped using this technology.
The goal during this procedure is to achieve smooth and tight contouring. Pain and bruising is often so minimal that most patients require very little pain medication.
Also referred to as ultrasonic assisted liposuction or UAL, this method uses high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat in a targeted area before removal. UAL works especially well on hard-to-treat areas that require more precision such as the chin, neck, cheeks, knees and “love handles”. Areas that have had previous liposuction treatment but require additional contouring also respond well to UAL.
This surgery is performed on an outpatient basis. Using this technique I can safely remove larger amounts of fat than standard liposuction because less blood is removed and less of the surrounding tissue is disrupted. The ultrasonic energy is targeted to fat cells, thereby creating less damage to other tissues such as muscles, nerves and blood vessels. UAL is intended to improve the contour and proportion of the treated areas, such as thighs, buttocks, hips and stomach.
One major benefit of ultrasonic liposuction is that the removal of fat is permanent. After puberty, the body is unable to create new fat cells so weight gain is caused by expansion of existing fat cells. Additional benefits of ultrasonic liposuction include:
- Precise enough to be used on difficult and delicate areas
- Increased skin shrinkage reduces loose skin
- Able to break up tough, fibrous fats that cannot be removed with traditional liposuction treatments
- Improved body image
Even dedicated individuals who eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly find that it can be ineffective in eliminating fat in those previously mentioned hard-to-treat places. Ultrasonic liposuction allows me to help my patients achieve they look they desire; a more sculpted and toned appearance.
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Dr. Emily Pollard is a board certified member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Accept only specialized advice and service from a cosmetic surgery expert.