With so many options for liposuction and fat removal available now, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) recently surveyed its member surgeons to learn which forms of fat removal they prefer.
ASAPS is an organization of cosmetic surgeons. Almost 500 surgeons completed the written survey, and the results showed that over half of them preferred “traditional” liposuction. Power assisted liposuction and ultrasound assisted liposuction were next with only about 20% of surgeons preferring these methods. The great majority of surgeons responding to this survey had experience with traditional liposuction, and about 50% had experience with both ultrasound assisted liposuction and power assisted liposuction.
Traditional liposuction refers to liposuction performed using traditional suction tubes without the assistance of any other modality such as laser, ultrasound, or automated mechanical movement. Ultrasound assisted liposuction uses ultrasound waves in an effort to help break apart fat; whereas, power assisted liposuction uses a vibrating suction tube.
Traditional liposuction can be performed under sedation, general anesthesia, or using local anesthesia only. Liposuction using only local anesthesia is by far the safest form of suction lipectomy. In this technique, the area to be suctioned is numbed using a dilute solution of anesthesia. It is then extracted using small suction tubes. No form of sedation is used.