There are many techniques for liposuction. The one I find the most beneficial to my lipo patients in Denver is Power-Assisted Liposuction, or PAL.
PAL is performed using the tumescent technique. This involves infusing large volumes of saline solution containing a local anesthetic and adrenaline into the target area to maximize fat removal, ensure patient comfort, and minimize bruising. Once the tumescent fluid is infused, very small incisions are made, and a cannula (a metal surgical tube) is inserted under the skin.
PAL employs a cannula that vibrates rapidly to loosen fat cells so they may be safely and gently suctioned away. I have found that this technique also minimizes surgeon fatigue, allowing me to be more aggressive and precise with fat removal.
Many liposuction machines have been recently introduced primarily as marketing tools without any evidence that they are superior to standard liposuction. Although I stay current on new equipment and techniques on the market, PAL is still the machine of choice in my office because, quite simply, it works the best.