Liposuction is the 2nd most popular cosmetic surgery. In 2016, there were 235,000 liposuction procedures performed, up 6% from the previous year.

Are you wondering if you are a good candidate for liposuction? This procedure isn’t for everyone.

The best candidate is usually in their 20’s to 30’s and in good condition. Liposuction surgery is meant to remove fat from areas that are resistant to exercise and diet.

Even though this technique has been around since the 1970’s, new noninvasive approaches have been discovered. One of these is ultrasound-assisted liposuction, also known as ultrasonic liposuction.

The doctor in the following post provides a good explanation:

Ultrasonic Liposuction: What is It?

Liposuction removes fat from the body.  There are many ways to do this.  The idea is to do this safely.   I have safely used ultrasonic liposuction techniques to remove unwanted fat for over 10 years.  Ultra means high energy.   Sonic means sound.   Therefore using high energy sound waves fat can be removed from the body.   Using ultrasonic liposuction, fat can be removed with less trauma to the surrounding tissues with far less blood loss and less post-operative swelling.   Larger volumes of fat can be removed more safely.  In my hands the surgery takes no longer but yields better results.

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Another term that is used with ultrasonic liposuction is cavitation. The definition of cavitation refers to the formation of bubbles in a liquid, which is basically what the ultrasound supposedly does to fat cells.

This noninvasive procedure involves powerful sound waves, which are forced into fat cells transforming their contents into free fatty acids that are naturally disposed of by the lymphatic system. This creates a tightening, reshaping and toning to the skin.

The following video gives more info about this technique:

As the technician in the previous video mentioned, it usually requires a number of visits to see the results you’re looking for. The cost per visit isn’t a huge amount of money, but when you consider you might need to go 8 – 12 times for a positive outcome, you could argue that having a traditional liposuction treatment might be more cost effective.

The next article offers a price range:

Ultra Cavitation Review – (UPDATED 2017) Pump in Sound Waves; Pump Out Fat

Ultra Cavitation costs around $250 to $350 per treatment.

Ultra Cavitation treatments are typically handled in a clinic or spa setting. You can complete a session every three days and 8-12 sessions are often recommended. It usually lasts about one hour.

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The hindrances of the traditional approach is that there is a lot of bruising, swelling, and potential for infection. Plus, you have to be put under with anesthesia, which is always a risk. Ultrasonic Liposuction

However, the conventional approach is proven to work where the benefits of ultrasonic liposuction are still in doubt. In general, doctors don’t feel it offers the kind of results most individuals are looking for.

The fact that the ultrasound-assisted approach can be done at a spa or clinic might have a little to do with why doctors don’t like it…the technicians don’t have to be highly trained and the cosmetic surgeons are missing out on the typical $2,000 to $3,500 per area to perform the surgery.