Body Sculpting Surgery
- Methods and Technology Used
Body sculpting surgery is a general term that denotes body contouring by means of
excising fatty tissue and shaping the body. There are many ways of body sculpting surgery and some of these methods
will be discussed below together with its individual description, use as well as its benefits and
Suction-Assisted Lipoplasty or SAL
It is apparent that in today’s generation liposuction is the most preferred method
among all body sculpting surgery. Liposuction has several variations and these are suction lipectomy,
liposculpturetumescent liposuction, micro-cannula technique and syringe lipoplasty. These liposuction alternatives
fall under SAL technique category.
SAL technology existed for over thirty years. Since then it develops and gone
through several improvements. One of its noted major developments is the conception of the technique which is the
side-ported cannula. Another one is the technique of wetting solutions by means of drugs that controls pain,
bleeding as well as the total decrease in cannula size.
Power-Assisted Lipoplasty or PAL
Basically, Power-Assisted Lipoplasty is a liposuction cannula with some extra which
is the motor-operated reciprocating handle. One of its best benefits is that it actually creates an opening for the
suction cannula past the tissue in order for the surgeon to have an easy access. This method however has no medical
improvement when it comes to the outcome and protection relative to SAL on patients.
On the contrary, surgeons using this method may develop arthritis and carpal tunnel
syndrome because of the motor-operated vibration. On the other hand, PAL is widely used on medium to largeexclusion
of fatty tissue as this method can be destructive for small and delicate areas.
Internal Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty or IUAL
Generally, Internal Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty utilizes ultrasonically
vibrating cannula in liquefying adipose tissue in the course of aspiration process. There are some reports from
surgeons themselves that this technique doesn’t give major clinical improvement on the result. There are some that
believes there are indeed improvements on the outcome but others reported some downsides related to tissue
VASER-Assisted Lipoplasty or VAL
VASER-Assisted Lipoplastymethod stands for the3rdgeneration of internal ultrasound system. This method is showing major improvements which are
greater than the first two generations. Basically, VASER technology is described as ultrasonic part of the combined
lipoplasty system. It utilizes solid, small-diameter and multi-ringed probes purposely to produce minimum amount of
ultrasonic vibrating energy in liquefying fatty tissue.
External Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty or EUAL
Generally, External Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty uses non-focused ultrasonic
energy set in 1-3 MHz range unto the patient’s skin before SAL technique is applied. This is how it works: The
external ultrasonic wave being used disrupts and softens the fats to give ease to suction. This type of technology
is not common in today’s generation because its general outcome doesn’t ensure any supremacy over SAL
External Laser-Assisted Lipoplasty or ELAL
ELAL, also known as Low-Level Laser-Assisted Lipoplasty utilizes low-level laser
energy unto the patient’s skin before SAL. This technology works in a way that the low-level laser energy triggers
fatty cells in producing transitory pores on cell membranes and allows the fats in the cells to gently pass to the
Internal Laser-Assisted Lipoplasty or ILAL
This technology utilizes a relatively small-diameter laser fiber in producing laser
energy unto the fatty tissues of the skin opening. It works underphototherma and photomechanical effects which
causes damage to the cells through vaporization and coagulation because of localized heating as well as rapid
thermal expansion.There are three stages of ILAL process. First is the mixture of wetting solution, second is the
usage of laser energy unto fatty tissues and third is the usage of SAL to liquefy tissues.
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