Power Assisted Liposuction
Power Assisted Liposuction is a specialized form of liposuction that uses a vibrating cannula, or straw, to break up and remove fat cells. At Houston Smart Lipo Centers, Power Assisted Liposuction, or PAL, is used on most liposuction procedures to help suction out fatty deposits using less force than manual liposuction.
The Benefits of Power Assisted Liposuction:
- Gentler on the body: Power Assisted Liposuction is used to gently extract the fat from the body during a Tumescent Liposuction procedure. Traditionally, cannulas had to be manually forced through the fatty deposits in the body in order to remove them. With Power Assisted Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers, the doctors use only very small cannulas. Using these small cannulas with gentle and precise strokes removes unwanted fat with less damage to surrounding tissues.
- Helps remove difficult fat: Because it can be very difficult to move the cannula back and forth through certain types of fatty tissue, the vibrating tip in Power Assisted Liposuction helps to penetrate the fat in difficult areas. This means that doctors and can treat even dense fibrous fat, resulting in more fat removal in some patients.
How Power Assisted Liposuction Works:
Power Assisted Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers is used in conjunction with Tumescent Liposuction, so the beginning process is the same in both: An anesthetic liquid is injected into the fatty tissue that is to be removed, causing it to swell. One or two small incisions are then made to allow the cannula to remove fat cells.
The cannula, or tube through which the fat is suctioned out, is only 3 millimeters wide, or about the size of a cooked piece of spaghetti. In Power Assisted Liposuction, the tip of the cannula vibrates rapidly, breaking up fat cells and making them easier to remove.
Power Assisted Liposuction is actually gentler on the body because the cannula quickly loosens and breaks up tough, compacted fat cells with short, precise movements. Because doctors don't need to use as much manual force to remove fat cells during Power Assisted Liposuction, this vibrating motion makes it easier to suction out the unwanted fat while minimizing damage to surrounding tissues.
After the procedure, patients normally return to work in one or two days, and can enjoy light to medium activities within 48 hours. A light compression garment will be worn continuously for 3days; after that, the garment should be worn for at least 8 hours a day for 2 weeks.
For more information about Power Assisted Liposuction at Houston Smart Lipo Centers, or to schedule a free consultation at one of Dr. Bergeron's Houston area locations, please call 713-225-9355.