What Is Assisted Liposuction?

Laser and ultrasound-assisted liposuction are innovative methods of liposuction used to safely remove pockets of stubborn fat. These assisted liposuction techniques are known for being less invasive and more effective than traditional liposuction.

How Do Laser and Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction Work?

The main thing that separates laser and ultrasound-assisted liposuction from traditional liposuction is the process of loosening the targeted fat cells. With traditional liposuction, the excess fat is typically scraped loose with a narrow cannula, which can sometimes cause damage to the surrounding tissue. However, with assisted liposuction, the targeted fat cells are liquefied using either ultrasound energy or specialized laser beams. This not only loosens that fat without damaging nearby tissue, but it also makes it very easy to safely suction out the fat while providing additional benefits.

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Benefits of Laser and Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

Laser and ultrasound-assisted liposuction are innovative procedures that can offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Safely eliminates pockets of excess stubborn fat
  • Slimmer, more toned figure
  • Less invasive than traditional liposuction
  • Less scarring than traditional liposuction
  • Shorter recovery time than traditional liposuction
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Increased wardrobe options
  • Improved skin health and complexion (laser-assisted liposuction)

What Should I Expect During the Surgery?

After you’ve had your consultation with Dr. Balinger to determine if assisted liposuction is right for you, the surgery will be performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Balinger will make a small incision in the targeted area. Then, depending on your unique treatment plan, he will use a device to deliver either ultrasound energy or laser wavelengths beneath your skin and liquefy the excess fat cells. Once the fat has been loosened, he will insert a narrow cannula and use a surgical vacuum to suction it out of your body. Finally, he will close the incision with sutures and bandage the area. In total, the procedure will take around an hour to complete.

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How Long Is the Recovery Time?

After your procedure, you’ll likely experience some soreness and swelling for a few days, and you may need to wear a special compression garment. You should be able to return to work in only a few days, but you’ll need to avoid strenuous physical activity for one to two weeks.

Am I a Candidate for Laser or Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction?

Adults who would like to eliminate stubborn excess fat could be good candidates for laser or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. To be an ideal candidate, you should:

  • Be in good physical health
  • Have realistic expectations
  • Have one or more pockets of excess fat
  • Be relatively close to your ideal weight
  • Not be currently pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Be a non-smoker
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What Results Can I Expect?

Although you’ll probably notice immediate improvements, it can take one to three months before you see the final results of your assisted liposuction procedure. As long as you maintain a healthy lifestyle, the effects of the procedure can last for several years or even a lifetime.

Why Choose Dr. Balinger for Laser or Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction?

Dr. Christopher Balinger is a skilled plastic surgeon and a highly respected leader in the fields of plastic, cosmetic, and reconstructive surgery. Throughout his career, he has performed numerous successful liposuction procedures with consistently wonderful, natural-looking results. He will work closely with you to create a custom-tailored treatment plan that will suit your needs and help you achieve the figure of your dreams. If you’re ready to schedule a consultation, simply give our office a call today.

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