Power-assisted liposuction produces smoother results with less trauma

Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic doctor, liposuctionist)

Templestowe Lower, Berwick and Beaumaris Clinics

Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2005, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections. Read More

Have you ever used an electric knife to cut the turkey at Christmas? Its a lot easier than using a normal knife! But what has this go to do with liposuction?

Traditionally, liposuction is performed by the operator physically moving a thin metal cannula (tube), attached to suction, back and forth through the fatty tissue to aspirate and remove it. The fat cells are actually rasped from their attachments as they pass over the opening at the end of the liposuction cannula with these back and forth movements.

One of the key goals of liposuction is to achieve a smooth and even result with less trauma to the tissues. To achieve this with traditional liposuction methods is possible, but can be easier with power assisted liposuction.

Power assisted liposuction attaches the cannula to a motorised handpiece that oscillates the cannula back and forward by a small amount at very high repetitions. This small movement back and forth allows the cannula to glide through the tissues, causing less trauma, and more efficiently removing fat cells. It also prevents operator fatigue, as very little effort is required. It can allow the operator to then focus on systematically covering the area to be treated and not have to make large and possibly inconsistent movements to remove the fat.

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So in answer to the above question, power-assisted liposuction for fat is like an electric knife for cutting the turkey, as it allows easier and more accurate passage through the tissues, and better results with less trauma.