Ultrasound-assisted liposuction, also known as ultrasonic liposuction, utilizes a cannula equipped to transmit ultrasonic sound waves. These sound waves break down deposits of fat by liquefying them. This allows Dr. Horn to remove larger deposits of fat and is typically used in areas that are more difficult to treat, such as the neck, chin, cheeks, knees, calves, and ankles. For patients looking for comprehensive body contouring, Dr. Horn can combine traditional liposuction with ultrasound-assisted treatment.
Candidates for Liposuction
Patients over the age of 18 with stubborn deposits of fat that do not respond to lifestyle changes may be good candidates for either traditional or ultrasound-assisted liposuction. Ideally, patients should be within 20 to 30 pounds of their goal weight and have the ability to maintain a healthy weight after the procedure.
Though a medical condition may or may not disqualify you from receiving liposuction, it is recommended that patients are in good overall health. Patients will need to provide Dr. Horn with information regarding their medical history, current medications, and other factors.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Liposuction is an outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia. The procedure can take anywhere from one to two hours to several hours, depending on the number of areas being treated. Using a combination of liposuction techniques can also affect the procedure time.