Friday, March 18, 2011

What is the Most Effective Liposuction Technique?

To try and answer this question, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) went to those who perform liposuction most - Board Certified Plastic Surgeons. The professional association's members were surveyed recently, and asked which methods they prefer most, and which ones they perceive as the safest.

The results are in! Overwhelmingly (at 51.4%), they preferred suction-assisted liposuction (or commonly called "traditional" liposuction, which includes tumescent liposuction). Second and third most preferred (23% and 20.9% respectively) were PAL (power-assisted liposuction) and UAL (ultrasound-assisted liposuction).
LAL or "laser-assisted liposuction" accounted for only 3.9% of plastic surgeons preferring this procedure. LAL methods go by many trendy names, but all are assisted by the use of a laser. Many manufacturers claim that the procedure can be performed under local anesthesia, however, in our experience, most patients cannot tolerate liposuction under local anesthesia, especially for large areas. Patient discomfort can lead to the procedure being aborted earlier than desired.

Dr. Young prefers traditional tumescent liposuction techniques and the use of our own PAL "Tickle Lipo". It seems that Dr. Young is not alone in his perception of what works best!

Dr. Young has been performing liposuction in his private cosmetic surgery practice for over twenty years, and has this information to share: When considering your need for fat removal, realize that problem areas are identified by "area", such as abdomen, hips, thighs, or "love-handles" for men! Liposuction is also very effective for arms, neck or chin, and for reducing large breasts on men. When considering liposuction, consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, as they are the physicians who have received the highest levels of appropriate cosmetic surgery training.

In recent years, Dr. Young has perfected his technique of Brazilian Butt Lift, where fat is suctioned from one or more areas of the body is transferred into the buttocks, creating a shapely, voluptuously full figure that is so in fashion. Fat transfer techniques are also effectively used on the face, where loss of volume naturally occurs as we age. While fat transfer to the breast is once again being talked about as a viable alternative to traditional Breast Augmentation with either silicone or saline breast implants, the use of fat in the breasts often requires multiple procedures to end up with the volume you desire. This is because not all of the fat injected survives. Many prefer the tried-and-true methods that have been perfected in Breast Augmentation with advent of endoscopic technologies which allow for minimal incisions, good placement of implants, and beautiful, lasting outcomes. Liposuction is suitable for both men and women, and Dr. Young has seen a steady rise in the number of men who are electing to have liposuction surgery performed. In experienced, skilled hands, liposuction has evolved into an extremely safe and effective surgery for those wanting to reduce problem areas, sculpt the body, and even to add volume to areas lacking shape.

Robert N. Young, MD, FACS is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with his own private Surgery Center in San Antonio, Texas. For more information on Dr. Young, visit his website at