Why We Use Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

  • Posted on: Feb 15 2016
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Liposuction is not a new procedure. It was first developed in France in the 1970s and was an answer to pockets of fat that seemed impossible to get rid of. No matter what a person did with diet or exercise, these pockets remained. And removing them surgically was not an option, due to the number of incisions that would have been needed. Liposuction presented an entirely new way to remove these pockets. The procedure came to the U.S. in the 80s.

The problem with early liposuction was that it very violent. Patients needed to be under general anesthesia. Doctors used a large cannula, moving it aggressively back and forth under the skin to break loose and then suction out the fat cells. Patients lost lots of blood in the procedure and tissue trauma was extreme, causing bruising that could endure for months.

Ultrasound-Assisted LiposuctionBut in the 30 years of liposuction, the procedure has come a long way to where it is now one of the most popular cosmetic procedures every year. Technology and new techniques have eliminated the need for general anesthesia and recovery is much faster and easier.

One of these new techniques is external ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Dr. Lonergan uses this method to provide great results for his patients.

What is external ultrasound-assisted liposuction?

Manually breaking up fat deposits was the reason the original liposuction procedure caused so much tissue trauma. Ultrasound was introduced into the procedure to eliminate the need for manually breaking up fat deposits. High-frequency ultrasonic fields are delivered into wetted tissue before the cannula is inserted to remove the fat. The ultrasound energy enhances the ability to extract the fat, increasing the amount removed and decreasing patient discomfort.

You can perform ultrasound-assisted liposuction in two ways. With internal ultrasound-assisted liposuction, a specialized cannula is needed to deliver the ultrasonic energy under the skin. Dr. Lonergan prefers the external ultrasound method, where ultrasound energy is sent through the skin from outside. Not only does the ultrasonic energy liquefy the fat, but it also stimulates the collagen network in the dermis layer of the skin (the second layer under the epidermis) to produce new collagen in reaction to the disruption. So, this type of liposuction has a twofold benefit, reduced fat and tightened skin afterwards.

Because the ultrasound waves liquefy the fat, this method requires a very small cannula that is inserted through small incisions. The incisions are so small they don’t even require stitches. Obviously, this minimizes scarring.

Want to get rid of those stubborn pockets of fat? Let Dr. lonergan remove them with external ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Call 302-656-0214 to set up your consultation.

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