Ultrasonic liposculpture is used to reshape the body through ultrasound. Ultrasonic liposculpture is not used to lose weight but to reshape the body. Ultrasound assisted liposuction (UAL) is an ultrasound liposuction technique.
Ultrasonic liposculpture is recommended for the elimination of fat with the use of ultrasound in defined areas of the body such as:
· chin (double chin)
Ultrasonic liposculpture: combinations with other treatments
Ultrasonic liposculpture can be performed alone or in combination with other surgical techniques such as:
- complete abdominoplasty
- thigh and arm lift
- reductive mastoplasty (breast reduction)
- other cosmetic surgery procedures
Ultrasonic liposculpture is a very personalised procedure, it requires a thorough specialist medical examination.
Pre-operative planning is the first step.
During the first consultation the surgeon will have to evaluate:
- the patient's state of health to exclude the presence of pathologies (high blood pressure, blood clotting or scarring problems) that could affect the final result of the surgery
- the quantity and location of fat deposits
- skin elasticity
- the objectives
The aesthetic results that can be obtained.
Before ultrasonic liposculpture surgery
You will receive specific instructions regarding:
- cigarettes. Smokers should reduce their use of cigarettes as smoking can increase the risk of complications and delay recovery from ultrasonic liposculpture surgery.
Ultrasonic liposculpture: anaesthesia
Surgeons using the ultrasonic liposculpture technique use general anaesthesia or deep sedation, only in exceptional cases is local anaesthesia used.
What happens during ultrasonic liposculpture?
The Ultrasound Assisted Liposculpture (UAL) technique is performed with a cannula that sucks the fat and emits ultrasound. The ultrasound breaks down the fat cells and liquefies them. In some cases it can also be combined with tumescent liposuction, i.e. with the use of a solution (with standardised formula and protocols) which is injected subcutaneously and acts on the fat cells to facilitate their removal.
External ultrasound technique
The ultrasound technique can be performed with the use of external ultrasound to break down the fat cells and avoid side effects as much as possible. Ultrasound acts on fat cells without damaging the skin, blood vessels or peripheral nerves.
The liquefied fat is then removed with low volume suction, which reduces tissue trauma.
The next steps include:
- shaping the treated areas
- application of a bandage that must be worn for 7–10 days
Duration of the procedure
The duration of the procedure varies greatly depending on the extent of the areas to be treated.
Ultrasonic liposculpture: after surgery
Post-operative discomfort varies and can be reduced by taking painkillers prescribed by your doctor.
Ultrasonic liposculpture is NOT for everyone
People with the following conditions cannot undergo ultrasonic liposculpture therapy:
- chronic metabolic diseases
- severe blood clotting disorders
- immune system problems
- connective tissue diseases
- hepatopathies (chronic and acute liver diseases)
- chronic treatment with fat-soluble, anti-inflammatory and anticancer drugs
Satisfactory results will not be achieved with ultrasonic liposculpture in patients who present:
- deep scars in the area to be treated
- a reduced lower panniculus adiposus (fatty layer of tissue)
- severe overweight
- pregnant women
- cardiac pacemaker wearers
Healing occurs gradually and progressively.
- During the 48 hours following surgery, you must remain at rest
- After 3 days you will be able to resume a normal routine but avoid strenuous activities
- You must wear a compression garment for at least 3 weeks
- After 4–5 days you can resume work if not excessively tiring
- In about 2–3 weeks the oedema and swelling will disappear
- After 3 weeks you can gradually resume normal activities including sports activities
Final results of ultrasonic liposculpture: will be visible after 4 months up to 1 year after surgery
Duration of the results: can be long-lasting if the patient maintains a healthy lifestyle, with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
Ultrasonic liposculpture involves:
- risk of skin injury and burns (the suction cannula may overheat)
- the external ultrasound technique does not guarantee results
- all risks related to liposuction
Ultrasonic liposculpture orbody remodeling surgery is not an alternative to diet and exercise.