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Traditional Liposuction vs. PAL (Power-Assisted Liposuction): Which Is Right for You?

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Posted February 07, 2023 in Liposuction

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With 2023 now underway, many women and men are starting to think about their physical contours and how they can be improved this year. For some, body contouring procedures like liposuction tops their “desire” list. 

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But is traditional liposuction right for you? Or should you consider an alternative technique such as power-assisted liposuction?

Two Techniques — Two Ways for Better Contours

Many people are looking for the best way to slim their contours and trim some of the fat pockets they developed over the holiday season. 

If this sounds like you, a body contouring treatment may be appropriate. 

Fortunately, there are several different liposuction body sculpting techniques and variations, including traditional liposuction and power-assisted liposuction (PAL). While you are likely familiar with liposuction (or at least the concept of liposuction), you may not be as familiar with the more advanced technologies that can be used during your fat reduction treatment. 

Much like traditional liposuction, power-assisted liposuction removes stubborn fat deposits to reveal smoother, more sultry contours. 

So, which one is right for you?  

Standard Vs. Power?

Both standard liposuction and power-assisted liposuction successfully remove diet and exercise-resistant fat pockets from nearly anywhere in the body, including the midsection, thighs, knees, calves, back, chest, arms, and neck. The differences between these two technologies include how they are carried out. 

During standard liposuction, your surgeon makes small incisions in the treatment area through which they place a hollow tube, known as a cannula, to break up and suction away fat. With this technique, your surgeon manually manipulates and moves the cannula to dislodge the fat pockets before they are suctioned out.

During power-assisted liposuction, incisions are still made, and a cannula is still inserted. However, with power-assisted, the cannula is motorized, meaning that it vibrates automatically beneath the skin’s surface to break up the fat. This motorized process makes the surgery less invasive, reducing pain and recovery time.

Local or General Anesthesia?

Because power-assisted liposuction is less invasive, it can be performed under local anesthesia. Standard liposuction may require general anesthesia for your safety and comfort, particularly when larger areas are treated.

What Do the Recovery and Results Say?

Both liposuction and power-assisted liposuction provide similar results in the way that they both remove stubborn fat cells. However, power-assisted liposuction is often more precise and can target more difficult fat deposits. This makes PAL better at sculpting specific body contours, such as the much desired six pack. 

Additionally, most patients can return to work and their day-to-day activities after one to two days with power-assisted liposuction instead of four to five days with standard liposuction. 

Whichever technique you choose, you can rest-assure that you are in good hands with Dr. Nukta and his team at NOVA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology. During your consultation, your surgical team will evaluate your contours to determine the right technique for you.

Interested in Learning More!

Interested in finding out more about liposuction? Don’t hesitate to contact NOVA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by calling (703) 215-9152 or filling out the form on our contact page.

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