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Ultrasonic liposuction

Fat's vise-like grip can make it impossible to shake no matter how many brownies you skip. Yet ultrasonic-assisted liposuction does just that.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Fat's vise-like grip can make it impossible to shake no matter how many brownies you skip. Yet ultrasonic-assisted liposuction does just this - it literally shakes, liquefies, and sucks out your unwanted fat deposits. The procedure uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy fat, making it easier to remove with the traditional suction device - a cannula.

What It's Good For

Ultrasonic liposuction is especially effective at de-fatting arms, legs and backs. These body parts more muscle and connective tissues than the rest of the body, making these areas more resistant to traditional liposuction. Ultrasonic liposuction is able to reach and liquefy fat between muscle and tissue, allowing its extraction.

Ultrasonic liposuction can be used on other areas as well, like the stomach, waist, hips, ankles, knees, chin and buttocks.

Who it works for: The ideal candidate for ultrasonic-assisted liposuction is of good general health, has flexible skin and good muscle tone, and is fairly near their ideal body weight. This is someone who is no more than 30% overweight.

Recommended age range: Patients interested in ultrasonic-assisted liposuction should be over the age of 18.

When will I see results?: You may notice an immediate change in the shape of your body, but it could be six weeks until you fully adjust to the treatment. As collagen forms and your skin tightens up, the results should continue to improve.

How long it lasts: Liposuction of any kind, including ultrasonic-assisted, can produce long lasting results, as long as the patient adopts (and maintains) healthy eating habits and a regular workout routine.

Key benefits of ultrasonic liposuction: Ultrasonic liposuction causes less bleeding and damage than the traditional kind.

Licensed uses: Vaser, or LipoSelection, was approved by the FDA in 2002 for ultrasonic liposuction. LySonix is another approved device. Ultrasonic-assisted liposuction (UAL) is approved for body contouring and reshaping.

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