Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Liposuction surgery is a safe and proven procedure to treat lipedema. However, in traditional (manual) liposuction, the surgeon may find it difficult to eliminate all the targeted fat cells.
This can happen because it is difficult to manipulate the cannula (liposuction tube) back and forth in the underlying layers of fat. Manual liposuction may also increase the tissue trauma, requiring a longer recovery. The results may sometimes be uneven if all the unwanted fat tissue is not removed.
Advantage with Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
A power-assisted liposuction device will provide the surgeon with better control to remove the excess fat tissue more effectively and precisely. The rapid, tiny bursts of vibration from the power-assisted device will help to quickly disintegrate the fat, enabling its easier suctioning out through the cannula.
The patient will achieve more thorough fat removal in a shorter time period, leading to more natural and even looking results. The procedure becomes safer with PAL, and the post-operative recovery is faster with reduced risk of complications.
Tumescent liposuction technique can be ideally performed with power-assisted devices. The procedure avoids the need for general anesthesia, and only local anesthetic will be used to remove the required amount of fat in a less invasive and more efficient manner.
Research Supports the Use of PAL
A research study conducted by Tulane University Health Sciences Center showed that PAL allows for about 30 percent higher removal of fat compared to the traditional liposuction techniques.
At the same time, post-surgical bruising and swelling is reduced because the PAL procedure will involve only small incisions to perform fat removal. Patients can expect a safer, faster, and less painful recovery with power-assisted liposuction.
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