Microcannula Liposuction is widely recognized as one of the safest forms of liposuction, as it does not involve general anesthesia, and delivers the smoothest, most natural result, as it uses very small cannulas (instruments used to suck the fat). Local anesthetic is placed in the area to be treated, which makes the area numb, and also expands the fat cells for easier removal. It also minimizes the post-operative bruising which is typically much more severe with traditional liposuction.Since very small instruments are used, only small amounts of fat are able to be removed with each stroke of the surgeon. This involves more work from the physician, but a smoother, more natural result for the patient. In addition, the patient experiences less trauma with the smaller instruments.
Tumescent liposuction is a procedure in which Dr. Hansen uses a diluted solution of local anesthetic and other medications to fill the fatty layer of the skin prior to removing the excess fat. This causes the tissue to become swollen and firm, allowing for excellent control. General anesthesia is not required, eliminating potential complications. The result is a sculpting of bulging areas into more attractive contours.
Tumescent liposuction is an outpatient procedure, avoiding a costly hospital stay. Since the patient remains awake during the surgery, Dr. Hansen can ask the patient to change positions which leads to better sculpting of the targeted areas.
Tumescent liposuction has an unprecedented safety profile, and allows for the safe and efficient removal of both deep and superficial excess layers of fat with little discomfort, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic results. Patients see fewer skin irregularities, less bleeding, and reduced bruising.
Power Assisted Liposuction: Power Assisted Liposuction, or PAL, is a procedure performed using a special cannula which uses tiny, rapid vibrations to break up fat cells so that they can be suctioned out of the body. Dr. Hansen can remove more fat in a shorter period of time, which leads to enhanced results, a safer procedure, and faster recovery.
In PAL, the tip of the cannula, the tube used to extract fat from the body, vibrates rapidly. This vibration actually makes liposuction gentler on the body’s tissues because it loosens fat cells and allows them to be easily suctioned away. This specialized cannula allows for smaller incisions and reduced recovery time compared with other liposuction techniques. The vibrating tip used in PAL allows for safer liposuction because of its small, precise motions. Dr. Hansen can target specific areas without damaging surrounding tissue.
Because of the vibrating cannula tip, Dr. Hansen does not need to use as much force during a power assisted liposuction because fat cells are more easily released from the body. This makes PAL useful for treating areas that are notoriously difficult to sculpt, including the inner thighs, belly button area, and male breasts. Because the power assisted liposuction procedure takes less time to perform than manual liposuction, patients are less susceptible to complications and safety risks.
The Procedure: ProLipo®
ProLipo is “laser-assisted tumescent liposuction” and is ideal for reducing fat deposits on any area of the body that holds on to unwanted fat. Treatable areas include the chin, neck, upper arms, abdomen, love handles, thighs, bra roll, male breasts, and even knees. Tiny incisions are made in the skin, and a small laser is used to first liquify and then gently remove the fat from the area being treated. All of this is done using a local anesthetic in a simple outpatient procedure, avoiding a costly hospital stay. Unlike traditional liposuction, the FDA approved ProLipo procedure is minimally invasive and does not involve bleeding, stitches, or trauma. Bruising is minimal. Downtime is only two to three days, and results are evident within one week. Tumescent liposuction has an unprecedented safety profile and allows for the safe and efficient removal of both deep and superficial excess layers of fat. Patients will experience little discomfort, faster recovery, and improved cosmetic results.
Expected Results: Most qualified candidates for the ProLipo and PAL treatments can expect to see a new, slimmer shape and tighter, more toned skin within one week of the procedure. And the good news? Your fat reduction is long-lasting! A more accurate gauge of your personal results can be determined at your personal consultation with Dr. Hansen.
The Region’s Leader
As a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Society of Liposuction Surgery, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hansen is the area’s leading expert on laser technology. His continuous research and training in laser surgery, minimally invasive cosmetic surgery, and skin care ensure that his clients are being treated by the best in the industry.