Liposuction used to be much more technically demanding, making it the exclusive province of board-certified plastic surgeons. But as liposuction tools, techniques, and technologies have continued to improve and evolve, liposuction is a skill that almost any qualified MD can learn to safely and effectively perform.
For MDs looking to expand their practice with medical aesthetics, this is welcome news. Liposuction is a high-demand, high-satisfaction, and high ROI procedure. So, if you’re a practicing MD, adding it to your treatment arsenal with high-quality tumescent liposuction training can be a cost-effective way to expand your skills and grow your business.
Liposuction has undergone a series of advancements that have not only made the procedure less technically demanding but also safer and more able to reliably deliver on patient expectations. Let’s take a brief look at each.
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Suction-Assisted, or Traditional Liposuction
This liposuction method represents the earliest approach to this procedure and is essentially a “dry” form of vacuum-assisted manual fat removal. Compared to current liposuction methods, it is quite crude and has become nearly obsolete for multiple reasons. First, it can be performed only under general anesthesia, creating greater safety risks. Second, it generates more bruising, swelling, and tissue trauma than any other form of liposuction. Third, it often results in cosmetically inferior outcomes.
This “wet” approach to manual fat removal represented nothing short of a technological breakthrough when it appeared as an alternative to the dry approach of traditional liposuction. Although both traditional and tumescent liposuction rely on the principles of infiltration and negative pressure suction, most of their differences end there.
In contrast to traditional liposuction, tumescent liposuction is a “wet” approach performed by infiltrating fat with saline fluid. This approach brings multiple benefits unmatched by traditional liposuction. These benefits include:
- An enhanced safety profile. The tumescent approach is performed without general anesthesia, significantly reducing patient risk and the chance of nausea, vomiting, hypothermia, muscle aches, and other unpleasant side effects.
- Reduced tissue trauma. The smaller cannulas and epinephrine used in the tumescent approach mean less bleeding, pain, bruising, swelling, and shorter recovery times.
- Superior cosmetic outcomes. Infusing saline into fat causes it to swell, making it easier for doctors to see and accurately remove. This added visibility helps to prevent contour irregularities and ensures a smooth, even result.
All subsequent advancements in liposuction retain as their basis the tumescent approach, which remains the gold standard for manual fat removal. In other words, tumescent liposuction training provides the foundation on which the following three supplemental approaches can be safely and effectively performed.
Ultrasound-assisted liposuction uses high-frequency sound waves and is sometimes used to target stubborn areas of fibrous fat. Because it liquifies the targeted fat tissues, larger volumes can be removed, as well as tough-to-treat fibrous fat deposits. Disadvantages of this approach include an increased risk of burns and blisters, numbness, and small blood clots.
Rather than ultrasound, this approach to liposuction is supplemented with the use of a laser that liquefies targeted fat. This fat can then be easily suctioned or absorbed by the body. The advantage to this approach is precision: very small areas (such as beneath the chin) can be effectively treated, and because only a tiny cannula is needed to remove fat, tissue trauma is reduced, and the result is generally scarless.
SMART Lipo builds on the advances of laser-assisted liposuction and uses two distinct frequencies: one to liquefy fat for subsequent removal, and one to stimulate collagen production. The main advantages of this approach over any other liposuction method are the anti-sagging, skin-tightening effects it promotes, and an accelerated recovery time. (Although final contour results, as with all forms of liposuction, are seen only after multiple months.)
Fat Removal Procedures Should Never Be Performed Without High-Quality Tumescent Liposuction Training
For all the advances in liposuction, it is not without its challenges and risks. For this reason, liposuction, like any surgical procedure, should never be performed without extensive aesthetics training and hands-on experience. Any doctor unscrupulous enough to proceed without proper training is risking their professional reputation and, potentially, their license. Worse still, they are at grave risk of violating their Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm.
At AAAMS, we are an industry-leading, fully-accredited professional education platform with more than fifteen years of experience in delivering state-of-the-art aesthetic courses in tumescent liposuction. With instructors that include some of the most influential and celebrated names in aesthetic medicine, we provide a premium training experience and professional Aesthetics Network to ensure your success.
If you’d like to learn more about how AAAMS can give you the knowledge, skills, experience, and support you need to profitably grow your practice with tumescent liposuction, enroll in a course today. We look forward to training with you!