Ultrasonic Liposuction (Ultrasound Lipo)

This article was updated on October 24th, 2023 at 11:10 am

Ultrasonic liposuction, uses high frequency sound waves to remove excess fat from your body that is why it is one of the most preferred cosmetic procedures. Due to its effects and a wide range of benefits, this technological innovation has become popular over the last few years. 

WHAT is Ultrasonic Liposuction

Ultrasonic liposuction, or U.S. Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction is a minimally intrusive procedure that aims to remove stubborn fats in all of the body’s specific areas by means of an ultrasound technique also referred to as “ultrasonic liposuction.” This method is to use specially designed devices for breaking down fat cells by the use of High Frequency Sound waves.

When the procedure is complete, a small probe shall be inserted using tiny incisions in the target area. The probe emits ultrasonic energy, which generates vibrations that liquefy the fat cells, making them easier to remove. Then, a cannula is used to blow out the melted fat so it looks more sculpted and contoured in the treated area.

Ultrasonic Liposuction

The Science Behind Ultrasonic Liposuction

It’s the scientific background of ultrasonic liposuction that has made it successful. This procedure creates a phenomenon called cavitation by the use of high frequency sound waves. Cavitation happens when a low and high pressure alternating cycle in the target fat cells is generated by acoustic waves.

Fat cells are expanding during the low pressure cycle, which creates microscopic bubbles within them. During the high pressure cycle these bubbles break down, causing fat cells to rupture and release their contents. Then the liquefied fat will be vacuumed out, leaving a smoother and more contoured appearance.

Precise removal of fats, while the damage is minimal to the tissues around them, is enabled by this targeting approach. The added advantage of the ultrasonic energy is that it can help to improve skin tightening, which helps prevent sagging and achieves better overall results.

Liposuction using ultrasound is a very flexible procedure and can be used for different areas of the body. For example to those areas ; the abdomen, hips, upper legs, arms and chin are common areas of treatment. Individuals who attempted another method of fat reduction but did not succeed in doing so will benefit from this procedure.

Patients will normally have a consultation with the qualified plastic surgeon before undergoing ultrasonic liposuction. The surgeon will take an assessment of the patient’s overall health, discuss his needs and expectations, as well as consider whether or not they are appropriate candidates for surgery in this consultation.

The actual procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia, with the option of sedation if desired. The length of the procedure will vary depending on the extent of the treatment area and the amount of fat being removed.

In comparison with conventional liposuction procedures, a faster recovery is typically achieved by ultrasound liposuction. In the treatment area, patients may experience some swelling, bruising or discomfort but these symptoms are temporary and can be managed with pain meds and compression clothing.

It is important for patients to follow their surgeon’s post-operative instructions to ensure optimal healing and results. This may include wearing compression garments, avoiding strenuous activities for a certain period, and attending follow-up appointments.

While the ultrasound liposuction procedure may be very helpful in improving body contouring, it is important for patients to carry out an active lifestyle after surgery. To avoid accumulation of new fat deposits, this is to be carried out by exercising regularly and having a healthy diet.

Finally, ultrasonic liposuction is an excellent method of removing stubborn fatty deposits that produces a more rounded and shapely appearance. It uses high frequency sound waves for precise removal of fat, while promoting skin tightening. In order for people to achieve long term success, it is important that they have real expectations and adhere to a healthy lifestyle.

The Benefits of Ultrasonic Liposuction

A new technique that can offer a number of benefits for individuals who want to reduce fat and contour their bodies is ultrasound liposuction. This new technique, in contrast with conventional liposuction techniques, uses ultrasound waves to get rid of unwanted fat deposits and eliminate them as precisely as possible.

Effectiveness in Fat Reduction

An exceptional ability to target and eliminate stubborn fat cells is one of the main benefits of ultrasonic liposuction. Ultrasonic liposuction uses the strength of sound waves to increase fat removal, unlike traditional Liposuction that relies solely on mechanical force for breaking down fat.

These sound waves have a softening effect on fat cells that allow them to be removed more easily. Better and more accurate fat removal is ensured by this enhanced method, reducing the risk that results will be unequal or irregularities in appearance may occur. Therefore, an improved contour of the body can produce a more beautiful outcome for patients.

In addition, ultrasonic liposuction allows for more extensive treatments such as the abdomen, thighs and buttocks to be performed without any damage to surrounding tissues. Therefore, individuals who wish to reduce their body fat and shape themselves are going to find this a perfect solution.

Skin Tightening and Body Contouring

Besides its remarkable fat reduction abilities, Ultrasonic Liposuction is a useful option for tightening the skin. Collagen production, an essential protein needed to maintain the elasticity and firmness of the skin, is stimulated by ultrasound energy used in this procedure. When we’re older, or have lost substantial weight, our skin may be damaged by the loss of its elasticity leading to sagging and saggy skin. By promoting collagen production, which helps to strengthen the skin and increase its cosmetic appearance, ultrasound liposuction is a very effective solution for this concern.

For those who have experienced substantial weight loss and loose skin due to aging, this effect of tightening the skin is particularly beneficial. Ultrasonic liposuction may assist patients in achieving a more proportionate, younger and well defined body through the combination of weight reduction with skin tightening.

Finally, ultrasonic liposuction has a number of benefits, among them the fact that it is able to reduce triglycerides and enhance skin’s appearance. This advanced procedure makes it a very good choice for people who are seeking body contouring or fat removal, due to more precise and pleasing results.

The Procedure of Ultrasonic Liposuction

Pre-Procedure Preparations

The appointment of an expert and experienced cosmetic surgeon is required prior to Ultrasonic Liposuction. The surgeon assesses your suitability for this procedure at the time of consultation and discusses what you wish to achieve.

The surgeon shall provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for the surgery, once it is considered that you are a suitable candidate. The restrictions on eating and drinking, as well as any necessary adjustments to medicinal products, can be part of this.

It should be noted that the preparation of each patient prior to surgery can differ from one person to another with respect to their health status and clinical history. Any existing conditions or drugs you are currently taking will be taken into account by your surgeon, with a view to ensuring safety and optimal results of the procedure.

Additionally, the surgeon may recommend certain lifestyle changes leading up to the procedure, such as quitting smoking or losing weight, to enhance the effectiveness of the liposuction and promote a healthy recovery.

The Ultrasonic  Liposuction Process

Usually, ultrasonic liposuction will take place on an outpatient basis which means that you can get home the same day. To provide you with the best possible comfort during this process, your surgeon will mark the areas to be treated prior to the start of the procedure and administer Local Antibiotics.

The selection of anesthesia, depending on the extent to which liposuction is performed and patient’s preferences, may differ. Some patients may opt for general anesthesia, which puts them to sleep during the procedure, while others may choose intravenous sedation or local anesthesia with or without sedation.

When the anaesthesia wears off, smaller perforations will be made in the target area and an ultrasound probe shall be used. The surgeon will then draw the probe in a downward motion to activate ultrasonic energy and break down fat cells.

Fat cells are rapidly vibrating and breaking down their cell walls due to the ultrasonic energy that is being generated by the probe. This process, called cavitation, results in the dehydration of fat cells that allows them to be removed more easily.

Once the fat cells have been liquefied, they shall be gently removed by a cannula. To achieve the required contour, and ensure an equally accurate result, this part of the process calls for a great degree of precision and skill. The surgeon, with the aim of identifying specific areas of excess fat, will guide the cannula by careful technique into the incision.

It should be noted that ultrasonic liposuction is a highly flexible procedure, enabling the surgeon to shape and straighten the body in accordance with the patient’s desired results. In order to achieve the best possible results, surgeons shall take account of a patient’s specific anatomy and objectives in terms of aesthetics.

Post-Procedure Care and Recovery

 In order to maximise recovery and achieve the best possible outcome, it is vital that you follow your doctor’s instructions from day one of ultrasound liposuction. Compression clothing to reduce swelling and support the healing process may also be used.

 In order to support the reduction of edema and promote normal healing processes, your doctor can also advise you on specific care techniques after surgery that may include lymphatic drainage massages or topically applied cream.

After surgery, there may be some swelling, bruised or uncomfortableness, but these symptoms will usually disappear after a while and can be controlled with your doctor’s prescribed pain medication. For the purpose of monitoring progress and addressing any issues you may be facing, it is important to attend all scheduled follow up visits with your surgeon.

As with any surgical procedure, it is essential to give your body ample time to heal and recover. Your surgeon will provide you with a timeline for returning to your normal activities, including work and exercise, based on your individual recovery progress.

In order to maintain the results of treatment, it is also important not to engage in excessive physical activity and adhere to a healthy eating and exercising regime. However, ultrasonic liposuction does not replace a healthy lifestyle because it is capable of removing excessive fat cells. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly will help to maintain the results of this treatment in the long run.

Remember, the success of ultrasonic liposuction depends not only on the skill of the surgeon but also on your commitment to post-procedure care and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. By following your surgeon’s instructions and making positive changes in your habits, you can enjoy the benefits of a slimmer, more contoured physique.

He was born in 1983 in Bandirma. He completed her primary education in Setbaşı Primary School and her secondary and high school education in Bursa Anatolian High School. In 2007, he graduated from Uludağ University Faculty of Medicine. In 2014, he completed his residency training in Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery at Bezm-i Alem Vakif University.