If you've reached your ideal body weight but still have pockets of fat around your abdomen or hips, you may want to consider having a liposuction procedure. Liposuction isn't intended to help you lose weight, but it can sculpt your body when you have extra fat in places you don't want it. There are a few different types of liposuction treatments. One of them uses ultrasound. Here are a few things to know about having this procedure done.
Types Of Ultrasonic Liposuction
Your doctor can perform ultrasound liposuction in a few different ways. It can be done internally, externally, or it can assist traditional liposuction. When it is done internally, the doctor makes an incision and inserts a wand through it. The wand goes into your fat layer and emits ultrasonic waves that cause the fat to break apart so it can be suctioned out.
External ultrasonic liposuction works in a similar way except the sound waves penetrate your skin. The doctor places a metal paddle on top of your skin and the sound waves pass through to the fat layer where they cause the fat to break up and dissolve so it can be suctioned away.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction can be internal or external too. However, it is used in combination with traditional liposuction tools. The doctor inserts the suction cannula into your fat layer and manually breaks apart the fat. Ultrasound assists this process by helping break apart the fat for less traumatic removal.
Why Ultrasound Is Used
Your doctor may offer ultrasonic liposuction to make the procedure easier for you to endure and recover from. The sound waves break apart fat so the fat is separated from other tissues such as capillaries and nerves. This results in less damage to other tissues under your skin. Also, ultrasound is helpful in areas where your fat may be tougher or more fibrous. This type of fat is more difficult to break up manually.
With the case of external ultrasonic liposuction, your doctor may not even need to make any incisions except for the one that allows the fat liquid to be suctioned out. With fewer incisions, your healing time could be quicker. Plus, when ultrasound helps break down the fat, it allows your doctor to remove larger amounts of fat during each session.
The first step is to talk to your doctor to see if liposuction in general is the right choice for sculpting your body. If it is, you can then explore the option of using ultrasound to help you get the body you want.