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What Is Water-Assisted Liposuction?

Posted in Body Plastic Surgery

Woman with beautiful body lying at the beachThe annoyance of having stubborn, diet-resistant fat pockets is one that is shared by most men and women. Everyone has those few areas that are glued to you no matter how well you eat or how much you exercise. And as you age, you may find the number of these trouble spots increase. Oddly enough, while age often brings additional unwanted fat to areas of your body, your face loses the fat it relies on for its youthful shape and fullness. To simultaneously treat this dilemma, Dr. Schlechter performs a combination of liposuction and fat transfer. During this procedure, fat is removed from one or more trouble areas of your body such as your abdomen, hips, or thighs. The fat is then purified and added back to other areas that have lost their desired volume, such as the lips, face, breasts, buttocks, or hands. This procedure can be done with any liposuction technique.

Water-Assisted Liposuction

With traditional liposuction, Dr. Schlechter injects a stream of tumescent fluid through a small incision which numbs the area and facilitates the removal of fat cells through a thin tube known as a cannula. With water-assisted liposuction such as AquaShape®/Body-Jet®, a continual flow of water in addition to the tumescent fluid is used to remove the fat. This allows the fat to be dislodged and removed from the body through aspiration. Water-assisted liposuction is less traumatizing to the surrounding connective tissues, and it causes minimal damage to the fat cells being removed. How the fat is removed is increasingly important when a patient is combining their liposuction procedure with an autologous fat transfer. Dr. Schlechter uses these fat cells to fill out facial hollows, soften wrinkles, add volume to the lips, and bring new life to your thinning and hollowed cheeks, resulting in subtle, natural-looking results you’ll love.

How Does Water-Assisted Liposuction Compare?

Liposuction has been a popular fat-reduction procedure for years, and both traditional liposuction and water-assisted liposuction provide beautiful, long-lasting results. However, water-assisted liposuction allows for gentler fat removal with less bruising, swelling, and discomfort. In addition, unlike traditional liposuction that can sometimes damage the fat cells, water-assisted liposuction causes minimal damage to the fat cells, which is ideal for transferring the fat to provide natural youthfulness to your face and lips or to add fullness to other areas of your body, such as your breasts, buttocks, or hands.