As medical technology continues to advance and improve, liposuction techniques are benefitting immensely. Historically, liposuction was a potentially dangerous and extremely brutal way of removing fat. Scarring was an issue, recovery time took much longer, and the violent vacuuming of the fat could result in severe consequences if not performed by a skilled physician. Today, the procedure is much gentler, the results are more immediate, and your choices have expanded, with Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) becoming the procedure of choice for many. Keep reading for more information about this trendsetting new form of liposuction to determine if it will work for you.
One of the issues with tumescent liposuction techniques is the loose skin that remains behind after the procedure. Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction uses radio frequency waves to melt the fat away and tighten the skin that is left behind, leaving a smooth, unmarred surface that the patient is proud to show off. The physician punctures the fatty area with a needle, then inserts a probe that sends out RF waves to melt the fat; a secondary probe will be inserted as well, to regulate the temperature. Once the fat is melted, it is gently suctioned away. The waves also increase the production of collagen in the area, which helps smooth and tighten the skin left behind.
The differences between tumescent liposuction and Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction are quite clear; because no incisions are made, the risk of scarring is significantly reduced, the risk of infection lessens, and recovery is more comfortable for the patient. In addition, the procedure is more accurate, allowing the physician to concentrate on more defined zones of fat. The probe on the skin surface monitors the heat; reducing the possibility of complications due to heat. The heat causes the skin to contract and tighten. There is some immediate tightening that occurs during the procedure and additional skin tightening continues to occur over the next year.
Although we wish we could tell you that RFAL is for everyone, the reality is that certain people are not ideal candidates for the Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction procedure—and may never be. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, wait until baby arrives to consider Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction. If you are extremely overweight, you will need to wait till you’ve reached your weight loss goals. And if you have a healing inhibiting medical condition, such as diabetes, lupus, or scleroderma, radio frequency body sculpting is not for you. If you’re healthy and looking to contour and tighten, schedule a consultation with the Laser Lipo & Vein Center today; we look forward to hearing from you!