Water-Assisted Liposuction: Candidates, Results, Risks, Cost

Water-assisted liposuction promises to get rid of the unwanted fat with less pain and swelling than other liposuction methods.

Still more: Advocates of this type of liposuction say that the fat can be saved and used to fill out other parts of your body that have lost volume, like your aging hands, breasts, and face. This is because the fat is removed in a more gentle way. This could be a big selling point if you are interested in cosmetic procedures that use fat, like fat transfer to the breast or a stem cell facelift.

What is Liposuction with Water Assistance?

Water-assisted liposuction with the Body-Jet system uses water, as the name suggests, to help loosen fat cells from connective tissue so they can be gently removed. Your doctor will use a thin, hollow tube called a cannula to break up the fat and remove it.

In traditional liposuction, the cannula is moved through the tissue to the spot where the fat is to be removed. The fat is then destroyed or broken up before being sucked out. With water-assisted liposuction, the fat cells that are removed can be “harvested” and moved to other parts of the body where more fat is considered to be a good thing. This is possible because the fat cells are not killed, as they are in other liposuction methods.

Proponents of fat transfer point to this as a good thing, but some critics say the technique isn’t quite there yet. Ask your doctor what areas might benefit from fat transfer after water-assisted liposuction and what you can expect from the procedure.

The procedure for water-assisted liposuction

Most of the time, this procedure is done in an outpatient surgery suite. For treatment, you need anesthesia, which can be general, intravenous sedation, or local, depending on the parts of your body that will be worked on, your wishes, and what your doctor thinks is best. Lidocaine, which eases pain, is also added to the water to make it less painful.

How long it takes depends in part on how big the area being treated is. Liposuction that uses water can take between one and three hours to do. Water-assisted liposuction can be done much faster than traditional liposuction because there is no long infiltration phase. During the infiltration phase, a mixture of saline, epinephrine, and lidocaine is pumped into the body in large amounts.

The length of time it takes to feel better varies, but for most people, it only takes a few days. Your doctor will tell you when you can do normal things again.

Are You a Good Candidate for water-assisted liposuction?

If you are less than 25 pounds overweight and have fat “pockets” that won’t go away no matter what you do, water-assisted liposuction may be a good option for you.

Most people have work done on their stomach, hips, back, thighs, and knees. During facial lipo, this method is also used to treat the area under the chin. Surgeons often treat more than one area at the same time.

Your plastic surgeon will tell you exactly what to do before surgery, such as what to eat and whether or not to stop taking certain medicines.

Ask your doctor what kind of anesthesia you will be given and if you will need a ride home after the procedure.

Water-assisted liposuction Results

You can expect to see a change in the shape of the treated area after water-assisted liposuction (s). How long it takes for these changes to happen varies.

Ask your board-certified plastic surgeon how long it will take for the final results to show. As your body continues to heal, you might notice that it looks better and better.

Water-Assisted Liposuction Risks

You should know that any type of liposuction comes with general risks, such as temporary swelling and bruising at the site or sites that were worked on.

The area may feel numb, but this will only last for a short time. Asymmetry, seroma (a buildup of fluid), and hematoma are also possible risks (collection of blood outside the blood vessels that may clot). During your first treatment consultation, you should talk about any possible risks and/or worries you may have about the procedures.

Water-Assisted Liposuction Cost in Dubai

According to the company that makes the water-assisted liposuction device, the costs of liposuction with water are a little bit higher than the costs of traditional liposuction. Part of the reason for that is that the technique needs more supplies. The price depends on how many areas are treated and how much fat is taken away. A typical water-assisted liposuction treatment includes three areas costs in Dubai between 25,000 and 30,000 AED. Fat transfer adds to these costs.

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