Christopher Chung, M.D.
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Chief Medical Officer
Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes undesired subcutaneous fat. Through time, liposuction has undergone much advancement, mostly aimed at improving not only the amount of fat that can be removed but with increased safety. Let us compare traditional liposuction with Sono Bello’s Tri-Sculpt procedure which illustrates many of the advancements made in the field of aesthetic body contouring.
Liposuction, as with nearly all surgical procedures, requires anesthesia and equipment. Needless to say, anesthesia, while at times dangerous, is required in order to conduct surgery. While some surgical procedures require minimal equipment and supplies, others, like liposuction, require equipment that is more adept at allowing surgeons to deliver the best possible surgical outcome. In other words, for liposuction, equipment matters.
In comparing traditional liposuction with Sono Bello’s Tri-Sculpt, one can see the highlighted advancements in the field of liposuction. Rather than relying on the surgeon’s own muscle power, Tri-Sculpt incorporates the technological advancements in power-assisted equipment and laser to better extract fat with less effort, and hence, less trauma. Less trauma then begets less postoperative discomfort and swelling. The laser also promotes enhanced skin contraction. In regards to anesthesia, many patients are rightfully concerned about the effects. Heavy (general or deep IV sedation) anesthesia is a major physiologic stressor to the body. While some form of anesthesia is often necessary, safety can be improved by minimizing anesthesia to the least degree necessary to conduct surgery in comfort. With Tri-Sculpt, only minimal oral sedation is used to provide comfort with less physiologic insult. Most of the “anesthesia” relies on using a tumescent solution technique. Saltwater IV fluid containing lidocaine (a numbing agent) with epinephrine (hemostatic agent to minimize bleeding) is used in safe amounts.
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In conclusion, while both traditional liposuction and Tri-Sculpt are designed to remove fat, embedded differences highlighting technical and technological advancements are abundant. Simply put, if you had to run a mile on a track, would you rather run in a pair of work boots or running shoes? Yes, you can run in either shoes, but no doubt, running shoes are better, as Tri-Sculpt is over traditional liposuction.
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