Liposuction is a plastic surgery procedure that involves the manual removal of fat from a patient’s body. Targeted areas include the midsection or abdominal area, the neck, the thighs, the buttocks, the breasts, and the back.
Power-assisted liposuction, available from Dr. Pramit Malhotra in Michigan, allows for greater efficiency in the procedure, giving the doctor an opportunity to target even more specific regions and move more quickly than he would when practicing more traditional liposuction.
How Does Liposuction Work?
As a plastic surgery procedure, liposuction is intended to remove some excess fat for aesthetic reasons. It is not intended to be a means of managing weight—which is best accomplished by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly.
Most simply put, basic liposuction requires a doctor to make small incisions in a patient’s body, through which he inserts what is known as a cannula—a thin, needle-like tube that he moves back and forth to loosen the fat it encounters. The fat dislodged by this motion can then be vacuumed out through a tube accompanying the cannula.
Power-assisted liposuction works in much the same way, but makes use of a small motor or similar device to create the motion that loosens the fat for removal. The cannula tip may work its way back and forth or rotate. Either way, this accomplishes much the same results as a doctor’s manual efforts, but requires less exertion on the part of the doctor, creates less trauma for the patient, and can allow for more fat removal. Fans of power-assisted liposuction also maintain that it is a more gentle approach.
This procedure typically involves the simultaneous introduction of an anesthetic into the areas where fat is being removed.
Why Choose Power-Assisted Liposuction?
No one procedure works best for every patient. The most important factor in deciding on liposuction or other plastic surgery is to consult with a certified and experienced surgeon, such as Dr. Malhotra in Michigan, to determine what will work best for your particular body type and desired results.
Together, you may agree that power-assisted liposuction is the idea procedure for you because of how it allows the operator to focus on targeting problem areas as opposed to maintaining the necessary motion. The speed of the process, as well as the precision aiming, may allow for a reduced recovery time—but, again, there are numerous variables than can impact this procedure, all of which should be thoroughly discussed.
Dr. Malhotra and his staff can explain power-assisted liposuction in greater detail to people with questions at their Michigan practice. Call to learn more, or schedule a consultation.