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Ultrasonic Liposuction - Prices, External and Internal Methods, Results

When it comes to beautiful body shape, there are different methods that can help you achieve it. Internet is full of eating plans and training programs that promise to get rid of excess fat and sculpt your body. However, there are some areas that can be hardly reshaped no matter how consistent you are. Some people are just predisposed to store fat in specific areas of their bodies. For example, many women tend to accumulate fat in the hips, while men often struggle with fat deposits in the stomach. In such cases, liposuction might be a great way to address stubborn fat and accomplish the desired body shape.

There are a few different types of liposuction out there - traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction, ultrasound-assisted liposuction. In this article, we will look at one of the non-invasive types of liposuction called ultrasonic liposuction or ultrasonic cavitation.

What is ultrasonic liposuction?

Ultrasonic liposuction is a non-invasive method of removing fat deposits. The different thing about this form of liposuction is that fat cells are liquified first and then eliminated from the area. The liquefied fat is excreted naturally: 90% of the lymphatic system, and 10% is absorbed by the blood. In addition to removing fat, the procedure provides tightening, reshaping and toning of the skin. Ultrasonic liposuction is usually performed with the help of a device that produces ultrasonic waves to target fat cells.

There are two ways of performing ultrasound-assisted liposuction - through a probe inserted into the patient (internal ultrasound liposuction) and by using a paddle-like tool that emits vibrations outside the body (external ultrasound liposuction). Here our focus will be on external ultrasonic liposuction where ultrasonic energy is applied on the surface of the skin.

How much does ultrasonic liposuction cost in Singapore?

The price of ultrasonic liposuction in Singapore may vary greatly - it may cost anywhere between S$1500 and S$15000. Yes, it is a huge price range but that is because ultrasonic liposuction cost depends on many factors. First, there are different devices used for ultrasonic liposuction. You may get Vaser liposuction, Mid Def Vaser, Hi-def Vaser lipo and so on. The other things that usually affect the price of the procedure are the size of the treated area, the number of sessions you need, and of course the clinic you select.

What areas can be treated through ultrasonic liposuction?

patient undergoing ultrasonic liposuction on thighs

This method of liposuction is intended for removing fat from hard-to-reach areas, such as:

  • chin;
  • neck;
  • cheeks;
  • hips;
  • abdomen;
  • knees, calves, ankles and others.

Ultrasound-assisted liposuction is a good choice for working on more fibrous areas like the upper back or male breast area.

How does ultrasonic liposuction work?

The ultrasonic technology removes pockets of fat and sculpts a better figure. It is a non-invasive way to reshape and tone skin by reducing fat tissue. There are few different ultrasound machines out there but they all work using the same principle.

The plastic surgeon slides a special tool over the treatment area sending low-frequency ultrasound waves down below the superficial layers of the skin. The waves create little cavities between fat cells. These cavities expand to build up pressure heating and vibrating cells until they spill all their fatty contents.

During the treatment, the only thing you will feel is the soothing glide of the tool across your skin. Normally, the procedure is not painful.

You can see results after the first few sessions but it can take 8 to 12 sessions to see the maximum results. Many patients also have reported they have a noticeable reduction in cellulite after ultrasonic liposuction treatment. However, there is no actual evidence that this is indeed the case.

What to expect after the procedure: Recovery time and results

Ultrasonic cavitation is an outpatient procedure. It means that you can go home once the treatment is done. However, you may need to give yourself time to recover. It is recommended to take a week off work. Heavy lifting and strenuous activity should be limited for around 2-3 weeks. However, you need to make sure you are staying active during the recovery time. You can perform light exercises or walk at an easy-paced. This way your blood will flow more easily so you don’t develop blood clots. In case you experience swelling you might be advised to wear a compression garment. The final results of the ultrasonic liposuction procedure might be seen within 3 to 4 months.

In terms of the durability of the outcomes, they might be long lasting. However, keep in mind that you still have fat cells in the treated area which are capable of refilling with fat again. So the best way to maintain long term results is to stay active and eat a balanced diet.

Are there any risks and side effects associated with this liposuction technique?

Although ultrasonic liposuction is considered much safer than traditional liposuction, it still carries some side effects and risks. Here are some of them.

  • If you have sensitive skin, you might experience mild redness or discomfort from the ultrasound device that is used to move around the selective area of treatment.
  • Melted fat in the tissue can cause irritation if it is not fully vacuumed away. This may lead to prolonged swelling.
  • The ultrasonic energy may cause burns to the skin and in some cases permanent scarring.
  • In very rare cases this type of liposuction may cause skin necrosis or seroma (fluid accumulation). This usually apples to internal ultrasonic liposuction.

To minimize the risks make sure you are not tanning just before the treatment. Also, avoid showering immediately after the procedure. You shouldn’t undergo this cosmetic procedure if you are pregnant, your immune system is weakened or you have any medical conditions such as diabetes, coronary artery disease or high blood pressure.

Ultrasonic liposuction vs. tumescent liposuction

Here we will look at some of the differences between both fat removal methods.

  • Technique. The tumescent technique involves infusing some fluids that contain lidocaine, epinephrine and saline and then vacuuming away the extra fatty tissue with a suction probe. With ultrasonic liposuction, the fat is liquefied before being sucked out.
  • Recovery time. With surgical liposuction, you can expect a longer and more painful recovery period. The healing from ultrasonic liposuction is much faster and not painful at all.
  • Risks and side effects. Since tumescent liposuction is an invasive surgical procedure, it comes with more risks and complications, some of which can be serious. Ultrasonic cavitation is not related to any serious side effects.
  • Effectiveness. Both tumescent liposuction and ultrasonic liposuction are excellent treatments for fat deposits in fibrous areas of the body, including the stomach, flanks, back, hips. The procedures can also remove the deeper fat deposits.
  • Cost. Ultrasonic liposuction might be more expensive than tumescent liposuction. But as we said, the price depends on many factors and may vary widely.

Ultrasonic liposuction is usually the preferred fat removal method for both medical professionals and patients. It is an effective method of body contouring. In addition, it is considered to be less risky in comparison with traditional liposuction.

Last but not least, it is essential to note that liposuction is not a weight-loss method, no matter what fat removal technique you choose - standard liposuction, laser or ultrasonic lipo. If you want to get the best results from your body contouring procedure you need to be close to your ideal weight.