Laser and Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction
What is Laser and Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction?
For years, traditional liposuction was used to sculpt the contours of the body into a more pleasing, youthful appearance. Now there is assisted liposuction, using laser and ultrasound, for a more precise approach to reduce fullness in various areas of your body.
These areas include the abdomen, arms, buttocks, face, hips, knees, neck, thighs and waist. Laser and ultrasound assisted liposuction is used
when exercise and diet won’t help remove fatty areas, like saddlebags or a paunchy stomach.
It should be noted that these procedures are not intended to be used for weight control or to treat obesity.
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Are you a candidate for assisted liposuction?
You have problem fatty areas like saddlebags or a paunchy stomach
You enjoy relatively good health without any medical conditions that could jeopardize your healing or present surgical risks
You’re a non-smoker (smoking can impair the healing process), and you have realistic expectations on what the surgery can do for you
Cost for Assisted Liposuction
The costs involved in this procedure include facility/hospital fees, medical tests, anesthesia fees, Dr. Jimerson’s fee and any medication or post-operative garments that may be required. Our staff will provide you with a detailed cost estimate for your procedure.
The Recovery Process
During the recovery, your skin may tighten up as new skin layers grow. This process may continue for up to six months. But be ware that the body will not recreate the fat cells that are removed; so if you gain weight, the fatty deposits will not expand in the areas where the liposuction was done.
One of the advantages of assisted liposuction over traditional liposuction is that it can be done under sedation rather than general anesthesia. You’ll also have less trauma to the liposuction site and smoother skin results from the procedure.
For traditional liposuction, local anesthesia and saline is given where the liposuction is performed. The anesthetic also helps t o minimize bleeding. Dr. Jimerson then uses a small, hollow tube called a cannula, which is inserted in a small incision beneath the skin to break up and vacuum out the fat deposits.
For assisted liposuction using ultrasound, a special vibrating cannula is used. The ultrasonic waves helps to liquefy the fat cells, which are then suctioned from the body. For laser liposuction, a thin laser is inserted through small incisions on the body. The laser is used to melt the fat in where the fatty pockets occur, and after it is melted the fat is sucked out using a cannula.
Risks involved in assisted liposuction
Dr. Jimerson and his trained staff will do everything possible to minimize risks and postoperative complications. Risks may include:
- Bruising • Bleeding • Infection • Scarring •Numbness • Skin burns
It’s important to discuss any concerns you have with Dr. Jimerson prior to your surgery. If you have a question – please ask!
Meeting with Dr. Jimerson
He will discuss you specific goals, take a medical history and review your current medications. Photos are usually taken, both before and after the surgery.
You will also be able to learn what options are available to you, along with the risks and possible complications of the procedure.
Questions to ask Dr. Jimerson
Here are some questions to consider:
– What surgical technique is recommended?
– How long will the recovery period be for my surgery?
– What risks are associated with my surgery?
– What type of complications can happen?
– When will I be able to see the results of my surgery?
– Do you think that I’m a good candidate for this procedure?
Bes sure to ask any other questions you have about Dr. Jimerson, the procedure or anything else that concerns you about your surgery.
Assisted liposuction procedure preparation
If you smoke, you must stop several weeks prior the surgery, as it can severely impeded the healing process.
Finally, you should arrange to have someone available to drive you home after your surgery, and to be with you for the first night.
Be sure to follow Dr. Jimerson’s instruction following your procedure to obtain optimal results. Avoid excessive force, motion or abrasions during the healing process, and wear clothing that does not have to be pulled over your head.
Why choose Dr. Jimerson and the Advanced Plastic Surgery Solutions team?
The team is committed to meet your unique needs, with a natural, long-lasting look. Because of his expertise, Dr. Jimerson offers patients reduced operative times, which means faster recovery times. In addition, he strives to use techniques that are safer than traditional procedures.
Schedule your consultation
The best way to determine if assisted liposuction is right for you is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jimerson. The doctor will discuss the procedure, evaluate your concerns relating to your body and answer any questions you may have. To schedule your appointment, click here.
Words to know
Local anesthetic: an injection using medications like lidocaine to eliminate pain in a specific area of the body
Cannula: an instrument used by Dr. Jimerson to suction out fat from the donor site
Donor site: the area of the body where fat will be taken, such as the abdomen, love handles, flank or thighs
Liposuction: the procedure that removes fat from a donor site using suction and a cannula