Power assisted liposuction and Large Volume Liposuction is similar to tumescent liposuction but uses a motorized, (electric or pneumatic) hand piece to move the cannula which is less traumatic to the patient and less strain on the surgeon.
Ultrasound assisted liposuction evolved from the early ultrasonic cannulas which were hollow and had a high complication rate (burns of skin and other soft tissues) to the use of solid ultrasonic cannulas and 2 stage fat removal. A variation of this is the VASER which is an ultrasonic cannula with several grooves which more evenly disperse the energy improving fat disruption and removal. It uses pulses of ultrasonic energy to minimize the risk of injury to the skin or other structures and tends to target fat cells preferentially.
Laser assisted liposuction and Large Volume Liposuction is a relatively new technology and includes Smartlipo, Slimlipo and other brand names used for marketing. The theory is that the laser will work like ultrasound to disrupt the fat cells and make fat removal more efficient and less traumatic. Some of the drawbacks of this technology is finding a laser wavelength which targets fat cells and so far there are few studies which show any increased effectiveness using laser technology for fat removal.
For Large Volume Liposuction contact our Las Vegas Plastic Surgery Clinic at 702-369-1001.