What are the Tools Used in Liposuction?
Liposuction is a way of taking out the fat with the purpose of reshaping the body for aesthetic purposes. The equipment doctors use for this purpose, however, differ very much from each other.
This tool can be most likened to a vacuum cleaner. The small tube called a cannula is inserted into the body to suck out the fatty deposits.
The doctor operates this machine by pushing it in and pulling it back repeatedly. This is done not because the machine is clogging up or anything but because the fat cells stuck to the skin and to each other need to be break off each other before it can be sucked into the machine. It sounds like a very simple thing to do but, of course, the doctor must be careful not to hurt the patient.
The cannula used for this operation is highly specialized. It emits vibrations within the body to liquefy the fat for easier extraction. Suction-assisted liposuction is a required procedure after liquefying, as the cannula used does not suck out the fat from the body.
This tool is employed on more fibrous areas such as the back. Though this is the best tool to use for certain body parts, it is also more likely to cause pockets of fluid called seroma. This tool also results in less blood loss in the patient.
The only difference with this tool is that it is fitted with a mechanized function. This function allows the doctor to make less manual movements than is normally required. Otherwise, this cannula is exactly the same as the suction-assisted liposuction.
This cannula has a smaller one fitted inside. The reason for this is for less movement from the doctor’s part and less impact on the patient’s tissue. The way these two work is by “breathing.” The outer cannula simulates the movement of a doctor’s forward and backward motion to an extent while the inner cannula “breathes” in the fat cells. This tool is said to remove most of the labor from the procedure. The special type of cannula also eliminates heating which in turn takes away the potential for friction burns.
External Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction
This tool and process is a little new to the field of liposuction. Mentioned before was the ultrasound-assisted liposuction where the cannula used is equipped with vibration-emitting machines. Such as the name of this tool suggests, the vibrations are applied outside the body this time around.
This was mainly developed by experts because they found harmful effects from the ultrasound-assisted liposuction such as necrosis and seroma. Indeed, this tool is a very good concept as it eliminates the need for two cannula insertions in the body which decreases pain and discomfort to the patient as well as being able to treat a larger portion of the body.
Although the external ultrasound-assisted liposuction has a lot of positive factors, it cannot be neglected, however that it is still a relatively new practice that is uncommonly used. This technique’s effectiveness is currently still under debate.
This process involves the use of water beams and a special type of cannula that sucks in the water and the fat it loosens. Some patients may think that water may stay inside the body but the special type of cannula almost immediately sucks it out. Another advantage of this cannula is the fact that its suction is able to suck out most or all of the rest of the unwanted fluids in the body during surgery. This type of procedure and equipment requires less infiltration than the others.
Laser Assisted Liposuction
Another specialized cannula that is equipped with a laser specifically to melt fat in a targeted area. The laser is equipped and used through a microcannula and was conceived under the same premise as the ultrasound-assisted liposuction. This procedure, however, has the chance to cauterize which reduces bleeding during operation.
This is more of a technique than a tool as it uses local anesthesia to large volumes of subcutaneous fat. This permits liposuction as the patient’s nerves are numbed. While it does sound like a simple procedure, this technique eliminates the use of several other materials needed in the other techniques as well as minimizing blood loss.
If you have any questions or are thinking about having liposuction procedure in Houston, contact Memorial Plastic Surgery for a consultation. Our chief surgeon, Dr. Patrick Hsu is a highly qualified plastic, cosmetic, & reconstruction surgeon. We serve the greater Houston area and are proud to be a part of this great community. Our office is located at 2800 Kirby Dr b212, Houston, TX . Dr. Hsu and staff will thoroughly discuss implant options with you and help you make an informed decision about the surgery. It is our goal to provide a positive and rewarding experience for our patients in a comfortable and nurturing atmosphere.
Tools Used in Liposuction