The Liposuction Clearwater Florida Diaries
Liposuction has been performed by plastic surgeons for over 30 years. These early procedures were done using the dry technique which has now been abandoned due to bleeding and other complications. Safer techniques arose including wet, superwet, and tumescent techniques. As the years passed, technology improved and VASER was developed.
Traditional liposuction refers to the liposuction typically performed under general anesthesia and if deemed safe by a plastic surgeon, can allow volumes in excess of 5 liters to be removed. This technique is most commonly done using the superwet technique as this technique minimizes bleeding without the watery mess associated with the tumescent technique. Due to some unfavorable outcomes by overzealous physicians, large volume (exceeding 5 liters) can no longer be done in an outpatient facility and must be perfomed in a hospital. Traditional liposuction can only be done by a residency trained plastic surgeon because it must be done in an accredited facility.
In addition to traditional and ultrasound assisted liposuction, second generation ultrasound assisted liposuction, laser assisted liposuction, water assisted liposuction, and other nonsurgical methods have been developed to remove unwanted fat.
Fibrous fat is sometimes found for genetic reasons; other times it may be present in certain areas of the body, such as love handles or the back. UAL is frequently used to treat gynecomastia because gynecomastia tissue is frequently fibrous from the presence of breast tissue. The older UAL cannulas treated tissue at the tip of the cannula much like you would expect a laser, in a straight line. As a result, “end on hits” were problematic in inexperienced hands which could result in skin burns and ineffective liquification of fat. Ultrasound energy is delivered to separate the fat cell to cell bonds turning solid fat into liquid fat, while leaving the fat cell intact and viable. The liquified fat is then removed with a suction cannula. This technology continues to be used by plastic surgeons in all environments but is inferior to the currently technology found in VASER.
VASER, like the older ultrasound technology, uses ultrasound waves to emulsify fat cells turning them into a liquid form to be removed. Because it uses ultrasound energy, fat cells are selectively treated leaving blood vessels, muscle, skin, and other tissues unharmed. This has led to the term LipoSelection because the final result is only fat is being treated. VASER is considered one of the safest technologies available and can be used in both general and local anesthesia patients. Using this technology in liposuction results in less bleeding, less pain, and fewer contour irregularities. Additionally, the ultrasound energy stimulates the skin causing greater contraction than traditional liposuction resulting in better cosmetic outcomes.