Ultrasound fat removal (ultrasonic) such as VASER lipo, laser liposuction and Smart Lipo are very popular procedures for fat removal. VASER Lipo is a newer technique which uses energy created by ultrasound to liquefy the fat before it is removed. The tubes move more smoothly under the skin after the fat has been liquefied, so this technique may be particularly helpful in areas where the fat is very firm or fibrous-such as the sides, the back, male breasts, and the area around the navel-or when removing large amounts of fat.
Smartlipo, the brand name for laser liposuction, reduces fat by laser technology. A small probe is inserted into areas that have deposits of excess fat, and energy from the laser is emitted. The fat cells are literally ruptured by the laser energy, and the body naturally expels the liquid matter within cells. Laser liposuction also coagulates tissue so that skin can conform to the new shape after treatment. It is important to be in compression garments after the procedure in order for the body to reshape with the best possible results.
With liposculpture, tumescent liposuction, fat is loosened and sculpted with the tip of a cannula (a hollow tube inserted through the skin). It is then removed from the body immediately with vacuum suctioning. Ultrasound fat removal, in the form of Vaser Lipo, can be added to emulsify the fat first.
Both SmartLipo, VASER lipo and liposuction are considered surgical procedures and should be performed by qualified surgeons for your safety, even though some procedures can be performed with local anesthetic. None of these procedures are meant to be used for weight loss, but rather spot reduction of excess fat. Contact an experienced doctor who performs these procedures in order to determine which procedure is right for you.