With advances in medical technology comes more liposuction choices, and with more liposuction choices comes more questions. It’s a vicious cycle that benefits the patients, allowing them to feel and look better than they ever have before—once they figure which procedure will best address their needs. Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) is one of the newer procedures, allowing doctors to remove stubborn fat without incisions, while tightening skin. But laser assisted liposuction also provides some skin tightening benefit, so how do you know which is best for you? By asking questions! We’ve included some valuable information below to help you narrow down your choices, but it is highly recommended that you sit down with Dr. Wright and start a discussion before making any final decisions.
Performed by making a tiny incision (so small the patient may not need sutures) into the fatty area, a small laser is used to “melt” the fat cells in the area and then, very gently, the doctor suctions out the liquefied fat, with results showing almost immediately. Laser liposuction procedures can be performed on nearly any area of the body containing stubborn pockets of fat, including, but not limited to: the face, arms, stomach, butt, and legs. Ideal candidates for laser assisted liposuction will be people who are not obese, do not have medical disorders such as liver, kidney, heart, or skin conditions, and those who are not pregnant.
The newest kid on the block is Radio Frequency [Assisted] liposuction, or RFALipo procedure is performed by small needle punctures, so no sutures will be needed. The first probe liquefies the fat by radiofrequency, and a second probe is used to monitor temperature to avoid being burned and damaged. RFAL doesn’t liquefy the fat as quickly as laser liposuction does, so it may take longer to perform the procedure. Radio Frequency Liposuction causes the most skin tightening with any liposuction procedure. To compare skin tightening traditional or tumescent Liposuction and cause an average 8-10% skin surface contraction. Laser Assisted Laser Liposuction or laser liposuction causes an average of 15% skin surface contraction after the procedure. However, RFALipo or Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction results in an average of 35% skin surface area contraction after the procedure. That is 3 -4 times the skin contraction of other liposuction treatments.
Dr. Wright is experienced in all forms of liposuction, including RFAL. Ideal candidates for RFAL will be similar to those for laser lipo treatments. Those who are healthy, non-obese, and not pregnant.
Both procedures are very similar to each other and work extremely well; a proper examination by the doctor is the only true way to determine which would work best for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Wright today and discover how wonderful life will be when you don’t have to worry about skin flapping when you wave, or jowls making you look older than you are!