Techniques Used In The Liposuction Procedure

Liposuction is one of the cosmetic surgery procedures. This procedure is used to remove excess fat from your body using suction. During a liposuction procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the skin covering the area that fat needs to be removed from, then he or she inserts a small, thin, blunt-tipped tube called a cannula into the body through the incision. He or she will then direct the cannula to the target area where there are fat deposits and then suck them out. There are a variety of techniques used to facilitate liposuction. These techniques include the traditional one we have lightly mentioned, new ones such as Smartlipo that use laser technology (more info can be found at, and the ones listed below including:

Tumescent Liposuction

In this technique, a wetting solution combined with a local anesthetic, such as lidocaine and another drug is injected into the patient’s body prior to the surgery. This solution causes blood vessels to constrict or shrink down, therefore, allowing the surgeon to perform the procedure with the a reduced risk of the patient losing too much blood during the surgery and experiencing a lot of post surgical bleeding and pain.

Suction-Assisted Liposuction (SAL)

This is the most conventional liposuction technique. It involves drawing out the fat using a vacuum (cannula).

Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)

PAL is pretty much the same as SAL. However, on top of the vacuum (cannula), another tool is also used to increase the cannula’s motion, which fastens the fat removal process.

Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction (UAL)

In this technique, a special hand-held device that transmits ultrasonic energy is used to loosen and melt the fat. This device makes it possible for a greater volume of fat to be removed, therefore, making it perfect removing dense fat from large areas in male patients.


Somehow similar to UAL, VASER technique involves the use of a cannula with several grooves that can transmit ultrasonic energy. The cannula disperses the energy evenly around the targeted area, therefore, allowing for more effective disruption and removal of fat.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction (LAL)

LAL technoly is used in a number of new liposuction techniques, such as Slimlipo and Smartlipo. With LAL, the goal is to make fat removal more efficient and less traumatic for the patient by disrupting the fat cells through laser energy.


This technique uses a 3 steps process that involves separating, aspirating, and equalizing fat as follows:

1. Separation – During the first step of SAFELipo, which is separation, unwanted fat cells are loosened, emulsified, and separated out. No heat is produced during this process, therefore, it doesn’t pose any harm to the skin, blood vessels, and other tissues.
2. Aspiration – During this step, fat cells are removed by gently sucking them out, therefore, preventing any damage to supporting structures, such as the skin, blood vessels, and nerves.
3. Equalization – The final step in SAFELipo involves smoothing out the remaining thin layer of fat. As a result, a uniform layer of local fat grafts is left behind, therefore, preventing the formation of contours and other deformities.