Dr. Chris Schneider is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who also specializes in microsurgery. He is a native Texan who is proud to return home to the Lone Star State after nearly a decade of intense surgical training.
Which liposuction is right for you?
- Tumescent liposuction. This is the most common form of liposuction. It involves injecting a sterile solution into the targeted fat to make removal easier, minimize bleeding, and numb the area. Then, the surgeon will make a small incision in the skin and insert a cannula, which is connected to a vacuum. This tool will suction fat and fluids from the area while your body’s fluids are replenished with an IV.
- Power-assisted liposuction. Power-assisted liposuction is performed with a cannula that moves rapidly beneath the skin, allowing the surgeon to target tough fat with greater ease, precision and speed.
- Laser-assisted liposuction. This approach uses laser light to break down fat before removal. A laser fiber will be inserted through a small incision to emulsify the fat deposits. A canula will then be inserted to remove the fat.
- Ultrasound-assisted liposuction. During this procedure, the surgeon will insert a metal rod that emits ultrasonic energy into the treatment area. This ruptures the fat cells and makes removal easier.