What is Radiofrequency-Assisted Liposuction?
Each body is different, and sometimes no matter how much exercise or dieting is done; some body types hold onto fat deposits in specific areas. For some it is the back or bra fat, for others, it is the love handles or thighs, but all the fat deposits have one thing and common, they are undesirable.
Liposuction is performed to remove unwanted fat deposits from the body and can be done in a variety of new ways as well as the traditional way. Traditionally, liposuction is performed by making a small port in the skin which enables the suction-assisted cannula to be inserted. That cannula is passed back and forth through the fat deposit to remove unwanted fat by suction.
Over the year’s liposuction has been augmented, but the basic principles of liposuction have remained, a suction cannula is still used to remove the fat. New liposuction procedures have utilized laser, ultrasound, or radiofrequency to break up the fat prior to suctioning.
Each does a great job of breaking up the fat, but at JanigaMDs we utilize radiofrequency-assisted liposuction (or RFAL for short) for one specific reason: It does the best job of tightening the skin in addition to removing the fat.
Radiofrequency-assisted liposuction takes about the same amount of time as traditional liposuction with the added benefits of better contour, skin tightening, and improved appearance of the texture of the skin. Radiofrequency is often added to surgical fat removal procedures in order to offer a skin tightening benefit to the procedure. With weight gain and loss, the skin has the tendency to weaken and become looser. When emitted from the tip of the cannula, radiofrequency creates a concentrated thermal field for maximum skin contraction.
Recovery & Results
The addition of radiofrequency to liposuction does not change the recovery significantly, it is similar to traditional liposuction with possible firmness, bruising and swelling for a few weeks after the procedure. Full results from the liposuction are seen at about 2-3 months and full skin tightening from the radiofrequency component is seen at about 6 months.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are interested in radiofrequency-assisted liposuction or traditional liposuction or if you would like more information about the difference between the types of liposuction, please schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon Dr. Timothy Janiga at our Reno Tahoe cosmetic surgery office.