Diet and exercise can only get rid of so much body fat, which is why many people turn to liposuction to whittle away a few stubborn pounds. Tumescent liposuction is the most common technique used to get rid of body fat, but there are now several other innovative procedures that can help trim down the figure and produce natural-looking results.
The Body Jet liposuction
procedure, also known as water assisted liposuction (WAL) is a relatively new technique that helps break down fatty tissue using a high-pressure water system.
If you’ve been considering liposuction to get rid of extra fat around the waist, thighs or buttocks, you may be a good candidate for the Body Jet liposuction procedure. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of this technique:
How Body Jet Liposuction is Performed
In order to break down small, stubborn pockets of body fat, a surgeon using tumescent liposuction often has to ‘dig’ with the cannula and use a significant amount of saline solution to make the surrounding tissues swell. With body jet liposuction, a stream of high-pressured water is injected into the tissues while the surgeon suctions out the body fat; this means the fat is loosened and released easily as the surgeon moves the cannula around the body.
According to researchers who reported results in the 2007 Aesthetic Surgery Journal from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, patient safety is increased considerably and the procedure may even be almost painless. (Source: Aesthetic Surgery Journal)
The Body Jet procedure is performed relatively quickly and efficiently, and does not disturb the surrounding tissues. The surgeon can select the rate of infiltration, and has more control over the entire process.
Key Benefits of the Body Jet Liposuction Procedure
Rapid healing and wound recovery
Little anesthesia required
Compression garments may only be necessary for a few weeks
Less pain and discomfort during and after surgery
Little or no damage to the surrounding tissues
Reduced risk of complications compared to tumescent liposuction
Treatment can be optimized to produce natural-looking results
Drawbacks of the Body Jet Liposuction Procedure
While the Body Jet technique offers several benefits, there are still inherent risks involved with surgical fat removal. Some people may experience light bruising and irritation at the incision site, and may need extended recovery times for treatment in highly sensitive areas.
Body Jet liposuction may not be appropriate for people who have a significant amount of body fat to lose or remove. Individuals who need to lose 10 lbs. or more may be good candidates for body contouring and body sculpting procedures that reposition the skin tissues after the fat is removed. The Body Jet technique itself does not contour or sculpt any loose or hanging skin that may result from losing several pounds of body fat.
Overall, the Body Jet system is considered to be a gentler and sometimes even more effective technique for getting rid of unwanted body fat. Learn more about the latest liposuction techniques in our surgery guide, or consult with a cosmetic surgeon in your area to review treatment options.