In most of the best cosmetic surgery clinics offering liposuction, such as Smart Lipo, the traditional liposuction technique has largely been abandoned in favor of more advanced techniques. These include power assisted liposuction (PAL), a procedure that uses devices in producing small but rapid vibrations in breaking up fat deposits.
The reason for the increasing preference for PAL: Doctors find it more difficult to manipulate the cannula through fat tissue, typically in a back-and-forth movement, in the traditional liposuction technique. Such difficulty means that not all the unwanted fat can be effectively removed.
Use of Vibrating Cannula
In PAL, the cannula’s tip rapidly vibrates, an action that may seem more damaging to the fat deposit and the surrounding tissues, nerves and blood vessels but it isn’t, actually. Instead, the vibrating action makes the liposuction gentler since it loosens the stubborn fat cells that, in turn, makes them easier to remove via suction. There’s then less damage to the body’s tissue in comparison with traditional liposuction.
The cannula, or the tube used in fat extraction, also allows for smaller incisions in the treatment site. This means lesser risks for post-surgery complications including swelling, bruising and bleeding, as well as scarring; even when these things happen, as is usually the case in most patients, these symptoms are minimized. The recovery period also becomes shorter for this reason.
The smaller tip in the specialized cannula is also suitable for targeting areas requiring more specific body contouring results. The cannula also allows doctors to remove larger amounts of fat in a shorter period, thus, PAL becomes a safer and faster procedure.
PAL is also suitable for treating areas that are notoriously difficult to sculpt. These include male breasts, the navel area, and the inner thighs.
Note the Risks
But as with all types of liposuction, PAL has its risks, too. You can, however, reduce these risks by choosing a reliable surgeon with a great track record in the use of PAL. You should also follow the pre- and post-surgery instructions provided by your doctor to speed up your recovery and get great results.
The risks include loose, uneven and wrinkled skin although it will likely tighten over time, especially when addressed with other methods. There may also be pigmentation after the surgery but it’s uncommon. More serious complications include the collection of leftover fluid in the lungs and lidocaine toxicity.
And be mindful of the cost of PAL, too, which can range from $2,000 to $8,000 and up depending on the treatment area.