is a technique used in addition to
Suction-Assisted Liposuction. Some surgeons believe that it can
improve the patient's outcome. UAL (Ultrasound Assisted Lipoplasty) uses
high frequency energy from an ultrasound to literally rupture fat cells and
dislodge them prior to suctioning.
This technique uses a special cannula
that produces ultrasonic energy to liquefy the fat cells. The fat is then
removed with traditional suction techniques. Ultrasonic Assisted
Liposuction is very effective in very fibrous fat which is found commonly in
men's flanks, upper back and also enlarged breast area. This technique
requires a larger incision than some of the other liposuction methods and longer
The procedure can be performed either internal or
The ultrasound device is attached to the tip of the cannula, emitting the energy
directly to the fat.
A device placed outside the body emits energy through the skin and soft tissue
to the fat. External UAL is commonly used as an adjunct to SAL.
Vaser Liposuction or
LipoSelection uses ultrasonic technology that is specifically tissue selective.
The Vaser ultrasound energy (low frequency ultrasound waves) targets "unwanted fat"
and tighten skin - however, preserves the
surrounding tissue including blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue.
This method of liposuction promotes smooth contours and rapid healing.
Some plastic surgeons
like using the Vaser LipoSelection method with another type of liposuction, such
The two systems can compliment each other - providing for the ultimate in
fat melting and skin tightening.