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Tickle Lipo

Tickle liposuction breaks down fat in a patient’s body using an infrasonic sound frequency (inaudible to humans).

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

Treatment Basics

Regulatory approval: Tickle liposuction was approved by the FDA in June 2009, but was developed in Belgium in 1997.

Other names: Nutational Infrasonic Liposuction (NIL), Custom Acoustic Liposuction (CAL), Vibrated Assisted Liposuction (VAL), Vibro Liposuctions, Lipo-Vibe

It sounds more fun that it actually is, but Tickle Lipo is a relatively new form of liposuction, the procedure which uses an infrasonic sound frequency (which is inaudible to humans) to break bodily fat before suctioning it out through traditional liposuction.

What It's Good For

All body areas with excess fat can be affected by Tickle Lipo. It is ideal for patients who wish to remove a few pounds or inches in areas of the body that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Who it works for: Liposuction of any kind is not designed as a weight loss procedure. It is for body shaping and sculpting. The best candidates for Tickle lipo are healthy, non-smokers who are within range of achieving their ideal weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise.

Recommended age range: There are no age limits for Tickle Lipo, though patients with resilient skin will recover faster.

When will I see results?: Results begin to show about two weeks after the procedure and continue to improve over the next six month period.

How long it lasts: Tickle lipo, like all forms of liposuction, can reshape the body permanently if the proper post-procedure steps are taken.

Key benefits of Tickle Lipo: Compared to traditional lipo, Tickle efficiently removes fat with less pain and a faster recovery. Because the cannula does not need to be heated to penetrate the skin, patients don't risk heat-related injury.

Licensed uses: Tickle Lipo was approved by the FDA in June 2009 for body contouring, though it has been used in Europe since 1997.

Did you know?: In Europe, the technical name for tickle lipo is "Nutational Infrasonic Liposuction (NIL)," while in the United States, the technical name is "Custom Acoustic Liposuction (CAL)".

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