Liposuction has been around for decades. Up until recently, it’s been a relatively aggressive and invasive procedure designed to remove pounds of fat during a session through the use of various tools and procedures. Today’s liposuction is far different, though, and radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is making things much, much better for many people.
With traditional liposuction, the surgeon targets the removal of fat in certain areas across the body. The goal is to provide a smoother, more natural shape and to reduce the size of unwanted pockets of fat. The surgeon will make small incisions near the treatment area, then insert a long, hollow rod called a cannula into the layer of fat. The cannula breaks down the fat cells with heat, and then they are removed with a vacuum pump or some other form of suction. Though this has been the traditional method for many years, it is not as effective as some of the newer technologies that are available.
For example, with traditional liposuction, the doctor must use quite a bit of force to effectively break down the pockets of fat so they can be removed with suction. This leads to bruising and soreness, even though the scarring is minimal since the incisions are so small. What’s more, liposuction only removes fat; it does not tone and tighten the body to help reduce the appearance of the fat left behind. This means that liposuction can’t continue to improve the contours of your body once the procedure is over.
Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is a bit different in that it uses more than just heat and force to break down pockets of fat. Instead, it uses radio frequency energy to liquify the fat cells on contact, which makes it simpler and gentler in the end. Rather than a long cannula, radiofrequency-assisted liposuction is performed with small needle punctures, which reduces the need for incisions and sutures significantly. The cannula doesn’t do the melting – it only helps to siphon the broken-down fat from the body.
One of the needles will deliver the energy needed to melt fat in the target area, and the other needle serves as a monitor to keep watch over the temperature at the treatment site. In some cases, and with some procedures, an electrode fastened to the skin may be used to melt the fat cells down, so they can be removed via suction. Either of these options gives your surgeon the opportunity to more accurately shape your body. The best part is that with the use of radiofrequency, your body’s natural collagen production gets stimulated, as well. This means you will inevitably have tighter, firmer, and more youthful skin.
Radio-frequency liposuction is a phenomenal alternative to traditional liposuction, which can be quite invasive and require quite a bit of recovery. It’s faster, it’s simpler, and it’s easier to perform, and in the end, it even stimulates your body’s ability to produce its own collagen. You’ll look better now, and you’ll continue to look better for weeks and even months after your procedure is over.