Top 3 Innovations in Liposuction

Liposuction is a common cosmetic surgery procedure. In 2009 alone, there were 200,000 liposuction procedures performed in the United States. While some men undergo liposuction (11%), the procedure is mainly performed on women (89%). The surgeon makes tiny incisions in the regions where fat will be removed, and a cannula is used to gently break up and remove the tissue. Liposuction improves the contour of the hips, flanks, neck, thighs, upper arms, knees, and neck. Find out about the top three innovations in liposuction.

Shrink-Wrap Liposuction

The Shrink-Wrap Liposuction procedure is a minimally invasive surgery that offers remarkable results. This procedure combines cutting edge innovations in liposuction into one procedure creating an individualized, custom treatment for each patient. The Shrink-Wrap technique uses skin tightening and fat melting by way of FDA-approved technologies to remove stubborn adipose (fat) tissue.

With the Shrink-Wrap Liposuction technique, the surgeon safely removes unwanted fat while tightening the skin to produce firm, flat contours. The surgeon is able to specifically target the fat cells of the tissue, vaporizing them and melting away large fat pockets. The skin tightening component continues to work for months after the procedure, producing remarkable  shrinking and tightening of the skin. Recovery after the Shrink-Wrap Liposuction procedure is much less than with traditional liposuction. Because nerves and blood vessels are not disturbed, there is reduced downtime, so the patient can resume normal activities within 1-3 days following the procedure.


SAFELipo is becoming an increasingly more popular procedure among patients and plastic surgeons worldwide. This procedure offers tremendous body contouring for small- and large-volume fat reduction without dimpling or producing contour irregularities. SAFELipo was invented in the early 2000s by a board-certified plastic surgeon who found himself doing many revisions due to unsatisfactory results.

With SAFELipo, there are three steps involved: separation, aspiration, and fat equalization. To effectively smooth fat and create a toned, natural-looking appearance, the surgeon must be extremely gentle with the liposuction probe. The surgeon uses a basket cannula to emulsify and dislodge the fat tissue. Then, proceeds to remove the fat without disturbing the nearby structures and vessels. The surgeon is able to easily removed the fat using a smaller cannula, which reduces swelling, bruising, and post-operative pain. A thin layer of subcutaneous fat remains after aspiration, which is shaped to form a smooth layer for contouring.

Vaser Ultrasonic Liposuction

Vaser liposuction is a unique form of body contouring and fat removal treatment. This technique is used to slim and re-shape certain parts of the body that frequently collects fat deposits such as the inner thighs, hips, and abdomen region. With this procedure, patients experience an effective and gentle body contouring that creates a shapely, trim figure.

The surgeon uses ultrasonic liposculture with the Vaser procedure. Sound waves and high energy are used to heat the fatty tissue before fat cells are removed through a tiny cannula. Fat liquefication and liposuction is used together. Ultrasound technology offers a more effective technique to break up persistent pockets of fat cells, such as the love handles. Vaser ultrasonic liposuction takes around one hour, depending on the number of targeted areas and amount of fat needing to be removed. After the procedure, we recommend resting for a few days, but you can return usual activities.


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