Facts On Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)

By: JoannC
The Ultrasonic liposuction method started as early as 1996. At present though, it is still considered as a fairly new technique in contrast to the tumescent procedure. In this process, instead of injecting fluid to aid the suction of the fat deposits, the fats are rather liquefied with the use of ultrasound waves, which is why, another name for the for the liposuction is Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction. The vibration from the sound waves shakes loose the fat compounds and therefore enabling the suction process to be performed even faster than what might have been in using other methods.

To perform this Ultrasonic liposuction, the patient may have to decide further which way to do it. One is the External UAL, and the other is the Internal UAL. In the External UAL, the operation is done just along the surface of the skin with the use of a specialized emitter, while in the Internal UAL, it is done below the skin surface with the use of the vibrating cannula tubes for suction.

A specialized liposuction machine is required for this type of surgery to take effect. After the health-providers prepare the patient with anesthesia (local or general) small incisions and skin punctures are carefully performed. Later, these pockets should allow for the insertion of small suction tubes that are attached to the vacuum pump of the liposuction machine. This shall start the process of suctioning out (literally) of the liquefied fat deposits. To hasten the process, large syringe may also be used as a suctioning tool. After which, drainage tubes would replace the suction tubes to remove any accumulation of blood and fluid (serona) in the defattened or liposuctioned areas.

After the procedure, the patient may also need to have an intravenous (through the veins) fluid replacement therapy as well as blood transfusion.

The downside of the Ultrasonic liposuction however, is when the heated cannula tubes become susceptible to overheat. This may scorch surrounding tissues and organs, and even cause serious nerve damage that are often irreversible. The most updated third-generation cannula suction tubes that some doctors use today cost hundred of dollars and these may be utilized up to only twenty times or so. Medical reports show that additional surgeries are performed with the liposuction wherein pieces of shattered cannula tubes are removed from the patient body.

Yet, liosuction is still especially recommended by surgeons to treat the denser and more troublesome fatty areas of the body such as the more muscular and fibrous upper backs and the male breast (gynecomastia) portions.
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