Through the years, numerous updates have been made on the surgical procedure of removing excessive fat and newer techniques are introduced regularly. The use of radiofrequency energy to dissolve fat is a new approach that is currently being evaluated in several centers in the United States.
Radiofrequency liposuction differs from other methods in the manner in which fat cells are disintegrated. In this system, ultrasonic energy or lasers are not needed. The only equipment needed are a bipolar radiofrequency hand-piece and a radiofrequency assisted liposuction computer device. The energy is transported through the bipolar hand-piece, which is characterized by two electrodes; one internal and the other external. Radiofrequency energy runs between the two electrodes resulting in fat cell destruction. Skin temperature and the amount of energy delivered to the fat are monitored by the computer.
In radiofrequency liposuction, the internal electrode is sent through the skin to transport just the right amount of radiofrequency energy to coagulate the blood vessels and dissolve the fat. Once the fat is dissolved through the use of radiofrequency energy, the usual liposuction step removes the dissolved fat debris.
With radiofrequency liposuction, no more than three weeks is needed for the patient to recuperate. Similar to Smart lipo, the duration of this surgery is relatively short and with the requirement of minimal sedation. Incisions are also small, and easily manageable with a simple closure. After three weeks, patients who undergo radiofrequency liposuction are expected to be back to their normal routines while enjoying the effects of radiofrequency energy in their toned and shapely body.
Since its introduction, radiofrequency liposuction has gained a favorable response. As such, it is one of the more widely used techniques in fat reduction all over the world.
Precise Contouring and Skin Tightening
Radiofrequency liposuction allows for more precise, accurate results. That is because the device is able to target the treatment area specifically. The small cannula tip is also able to undergo the points easily, minus the danger of causing damage to other, surrounding tissues.
Also, radiofrequency liposuction is able to tighten the collagen of the skin further for a natural look. The tightening effect is a major plus. Previously liposuction patients often complained of their skin getting saggy. This is not a problem with radiofrequency liposuction. The heat generated under the skin through the radiofrequency energy allows the skin to tighten naturally and retract almost instantly. Unlike other techniques, you would not need to go through a separate, invasive procedure to achieve perfectly tight, natural-looking skin on the treatment area.
Shorter Surgical Time
The radiofrequency liposuction process can be performed and completed within hours. In a standard procedure, radiofrequency liposuction takes about 30 to 45 minutes depending on the fat volume that needs to be removed. Since the radiofrequency energy dissolves the fat into a totally liquid state, it is much easier to suction it out of the patient’s body. Less pain and discomfort are also caused so the patient usually would not need to be subjected to general anesthesia.
Radiofrequency liposuction is mostly an outpatient surgery. The patient is sent home right after the procedure to recuperate in the comfort of their own home. Postoperative checkups are required in order for the surgeon to monitor the patient’s healing progress and overall condition.
The updated technology used in radiofrequency liposuction allows for a significantly reduced risk of complications. Since this operation takes only a few hours and requires minimal sedation, drug interactions and other common surgical side effects are kept in check. During the first few days after the procedure, patients may experience bleeding, bruising, pain, swelling, and every other side effect associated with a surgical procedure. However, they are considered to be mild and manageable. The pain and discomfort are easily resolved with painkillers. Bruising is not as harsh as compared to the effects of other liposuction techniques.
Most importantly, patients who undergo radiofrequency liposuction can get back to work and some of their normal routines within a few days after the operation. If the surgical procedure is done without complications, the recovery period is usually simple and easy.
Potential Risks of Radio Frequency Liposuction
Some of the common discomforts patients who undergo radiofrequency liposuction experience include:
The side effects may appear mild to severe depending on the patient’s healing ability. A good tip for patients to avoid the occurrence of serious side effects is to keep themselves monitored closely for complications. After surgery, Dr. Agha will instruct the patient how often to return for postoperative check-ups. It is important that they are not missed. Through those checkups, the surgeon will be able to monitor the healing progress as well as the occurrence of serious, more severe side effects. That way, appropriate treatment will be provided immediately to address any problem before it gets out of hand.
It is important for anyone to make an informed decision, especially when his or her health is at risk. The cosmetic surgery arena offers a tremendous number of choices. Radiofrequency liposuction is just one of them. If you are seriously looking through this alternative, Dr. Agha will provide a thorogh assessment of your condition and treatment goals to make sure that you are a proper candidate. Would you like to discuss Radiofrequency Liposuction with Dr. Agha? Call (949) 644-2442 to schedule your complimentary consultation.