How is Liposuction Performed?
Dr. Reis offers standard liposuction, power-assisted liposuction, as well as laser assisted liposuction (more commonly known as SmartLipo). With all procedures, a liposuction machine and special tubular instruments called cannulas are used. You will receive intravenous anesthesia, and then a fluid to prepare the fat is injected under your skin in the areas being treated.
During standard liposuction, also called tumescent liposuction, Dr. Reis creates small skin punctures through which he inserts the cannulas and suctions away the fat. In order to protect the skin at the entry sites and avoid poor scarring which is very common with liposuction, Dr Reis uses a specialized protection protocol to shield the skin incision edges to ensure they heal as inconspicuously as possible. You will also have a compression garment to wear after surgery to help minimize the swelling and get you the final result as quickly as possible.
With power-assisted liposuction, or PAL, Dr. Reis uses a cannula attached to a mechanical handpiece that moves in a quick back-and-forth motion. The vibration makes it easier and faster for him to pull out stubborn fat and is especially helpful in revision or secondary liposuction procedures. PAL may cause less swelling and may allow more precision as well as less operative time since it is more efficient.
Laser-assisted SmartLipo is another option which can help to further stimulate contracture of the skin to optimize the tightening effect of liposuction. Before suctioning away the fat cells, a laser tipped cannula is used to heat and liquefy the fat to be removed. This is particularly useful in revision or secondary liposuction cases or in patients with very thick or dense tissue. Dr. Reis will discuss which technique is most appropriate for you during your consultation appointment.