Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Wave of the Future: Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL) is a revolutionary body-contouring technique, based on the use of ultrasonic energy. Widely used in Europe for years, the UAL procedure has become increasingly popular here in the United States.

UAL uses high-frequency sound waves to "melt" fat into an easy-to-extract liquid. It allows the surgeon to suction larger volumes of fat, minimizing blood loss which may result in less postoperative bruising and swelling and therefore a faster recovery time than traditional liposuction.

For some patients, UAL may be a better option than traditional liposuction. Quite often, patients may have twice the amount of fat removed with UAL than traditional liposuction. In addition, the patient does not have to be at their optimum weight to have this procedure performed.

It is important to note, however, that UAL is not a substitute for dieting and exercise! In the future, UAL will probably become the preferred method of suctioning areas of dense fibrous tissue such as the upper abdomen, back and breasts. Traditional liposuction is often more abrasive than UAL and cannot be used in these areas as easily.

Read full article by Dallas Plastic Surgeon Diane Gibby