That is unfortunate given the many benefits of LipoSelection. Since one of the questions we often get is “what is the difference between liposuction and LipoSelection?” we thought we would take this opportunity to explain.
Liposuction and LipoSelection: What’s the difference?
First, there really is not a specific difference between liposuction and LipoSelection, per se. Simply put, LipoSelection is a type of liposuction. Liposuction refers to any procedure in which an instrument is placed under the skin to remove fat cells under vacuum. This is easy to understand because the key information is right in the name: lipo- refers to fat and -suction is, well, self-evident. Liposuction can be performed in several different ways, with or without fluid infusion (tumescent technique), for example. Over the years, plastic surgeons have figured out which approaches offer the best results for individual patients. The culmination of years of research and refinement in the field of liposuction is a technique and device known as LipoSelection.
As the name suggests, LipoSelection is a form of liposuction that allows plastic surgeons to precisely select and remove unwanted fat. Instead of solely relying on the power of the vacuum to essentially rip out clumps of fat cells, the LipoSelection apparatus contains a miniaturized (yet powerful) ultrasound device. Ultrasonic energy is used to break apart fat cells and liquefy the fat so that it can be more easily removed under vacuum. This is the main difference between LipoSelection and traditional liposuction.
How does LipoSelection work?
In many ways, LipoSelection works like traditional tumescent liposuction. The plastic surgeon infuses the treatment area with saline to help lift and separate the various tissue planes. That simply means there is additional space for the ultrasound and liposuction probes to move and operate. The infused saline also helps protect surrounding tissue (e.g. muscles, fascia) from being damaged during the next step: ultrasound disruption. The small probe delivers ultrasonic vibration to break open fat cells causing them to leak their contents. The liquefied fat and cellular debris is then removed from the body. This important liquefying step helps to ensure that the treated area is not left with clumps of fat, which could leave visible bumps, ridges, or depressions in the skin.
Are LipoSelection and VASER different?
In a word: no. VASER stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance. This labored acronym essentially describes the technology that LipoSelection uses. In VASER, ultrasound energy disrupts fat prior to removal under suction. In essence, LipoSelection is a form of VASER liposuction.
What matters are the results of Liposelection
When patient’s ask “what is the difference between liposuction and LipoSelection?” they really want to know if Liposelection is better than traditional liposuction (it really is!). LipoSelection is an excellent technique for removing large volumes of unwanted fat, say from the abdomen or the thighs (though it can be used in most body regions). However, the most important advantage is that LipoSelection can provide a better overall shape and smoother skin than traditional liposuction.