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Ultrasonic liposuction plastic surgery

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What is internal ultrasonic liposuction?

Ultrasonic liposuction, (Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty) or "Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction" (U.A.L.) is a technique of liposuction where the fatty tissue is removed with the assistance of sound waves which are beyond the range of human hearing. Because the sound waves are doing the work the surgeon is able to more precisely guide the cannula. This increases safety. The ultrasonic energy is targeted to fat cells and creates less damage to other tissues such as nerves, blood vessels and muscles.

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How long has ultrasonic liposuction been available?

Ultrasonic liposuction began in Europe in the early 90s and became popular in the United States in early 1997.

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Who should perform ultrasonic liposuction?

In Dr. O'Connell's opinion, ultrasonic liposuction should only be performed by a surgeon who has obtained training in this technique. As with all plastic surgical procedures, the surgeon's experience and continuing education also are important for safety and quality.

In January, 1997 Dr. O'Connell became the first plastic surgeon in Connecticut to obtain formal training in ultrasonic liposuction. He is greatly experienced with this technique and has lectured at Yale University and at the Massachusetts Society of Plastic Surgeons on this subject.

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What are the benefits of ultrasonic liposuction?

Ultrasonic liposuction facilitates a more complete removal of fat from certain areas of the body known as "fibrous areas." These areas include the abdomen, back, male chest and hips. Ultrasonic liposuction allows for more complete fat removal with less blood loss and less damage to surrounding tissues. Ultrasound Assisted Liposuction can be used in other areas as well.

One advantage of ultrasonic liposuction is increased skin shrinkage compared to traditional liposuction. This is especially important in the abdominal area where loose skin is often present following pregnancy or changes in weight.

It is said that there is less bruising and swelling following ultrasonic liposuction compared to traditional liposuction, although this is controversial in Dr. O'Connell's opinion.

Ultrasonic liposuction also facilitates fat removal from areas that have already been treated by liposuction in the past.

Many physicians believe that ultrasonic liposuction yields a smoother contour when compared with traditional liposuction.

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Does Dr. O'Connell still perform traditional liposuction?

Yes. Ultrasonic liposuction is a tool and should not be indiscriminately applied. Dr. O'Connell often uses traditional liposuction in the face, neck, knees and in situations where very small corrections are needed.

Read answers to frequently questions about traditional liposuction, lipostructure, and liposculpture.

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Does ultrasonic liposuction cost more?

Because of the added cost of the equipment, some of which is disposable, most plastic surgeons charge slightly higher fees for ultrasonic liposuction. Because Dr. O'Connell often combines traditional and ultrasonic liposuction to obtain the maximum benefit for each patient, there is only minimal added cost.

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What type of anesthesia is used for ultrasonic liposuction?

The same types of anesthesia can be used for either traditional or Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction. Dr. O'Connell prefers to perform all types of liposuction with a modified "tumescent" technique which does not require general, spinal or epidural anesthesia. For your safety, monitored anesthesia care is provided in most instances by a Board Certified Anesthesiologist. This is sometimes referred to as "twilight" anesthesia.

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Where is ultrasonic liposuction performed?

Dr. O'Connell currently performs most procedures utilizing ultrasound assisted lipoplasty in surgical facilities at Plastic Surgery of Southern Connecticut.

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Are there risks associated with ultrasonic liposuction?

As with all surgical procedures there are risks and potential complications some of which are exclusive to ultrasonic liposuction. A thorough consideration of all risks, alternatives and potential benefits is an important part of the pre-operative consultative process.

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To contact Connecticut plastic surgeon Dr. Joseph B. O'Connell about any cosmetic surgery procedures, please fill out our contact form or call us at (203) 454-0044.


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