What is Micro Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)?
Liposuction is a fat removal procedure. It is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed in the UK, and involves fat cells being suctioned out of the body using a micro cannula and aspirator system. The procedure is used to remove fat cells that are not responding to diet or exercise and it can be used to assist other fat-reducing procedures.
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What is the Procedure for Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL) Surgery?
The first liposuction treatment, known as traditional liposuction, was first developed as a cosmetic procedure in the 1970s. This form of liposuction is called “suction-assisted liposuction”, which means that the fat is literally sucked out of the body with the cannula. It takes considerable physical effort to perform this procedure and is the most intrusive liposuction treatment.
Heat-based liposuction treatments, performed using radio frequency, ultrasonic or laser technology, essentially ‘burn’ the fat cells away, rather than sucking them out like traditional liposuction does.
This method, which is available for both men and women, is most similar to the suction-assisted liposuction procedure, as it sucks out the fat cells rather than burns them away. The main difference, however, is that unlike the suction-assisted procedure, the MicroAire liposuction technology makes very small and very fast movements, as opposed to the heavy and intrusive movements in suction-assisted liposuction.
PAL also increases the cell viability, as less of the cells are damaged upon removal, making it the better procedure for when fat cells are to be removed from one area and then inserted into another.
The Benefits of Power Assisted Liposuction
As well as being a generally less intrusive form of suction-assisted liposuction, and being less physically exertive for the surgeons performing it, PAL also has many benefits to the patient.
The nature of the procedure, and the gentle movements made by the cannula, mean that less bruising and swelling will occur with PAL than with other forms of liposuction therapies, as there is less trauma to the area, making it more comfortable post-op. It also increases precision, making body shaping easier, and can be up to 50% faster than traditional and heat-based methods.
1. Faster surgery (around 50% faster than standard or vaser lipo)
2. Less trauma i.e. a more comfortable recovery. Less soreness, bruising and redness post op.
3. The latest treatment for fat removal.
FAQ about Power Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
After the procedure has been completed, your surgeon will present you with care guidelines and information regarding your post-operative care, but there are some general guidelines as outlined below.
It is normal and generally OK to take pain medication for a couple of weeks following the surgery, as although the procedure is less painful than other variations of the procedure, it can still be painful. However, you are advised to rest for at least the first few days, with minimal physical activity and will need to consult with your surgeon before taking any medication, especially aspirin or anti-inflammatory drugs. The bruising and swelling will gradually improve over a few weeks.
Absorbent pads and compression garments should be worn around the area to absorb the drainage from the incision sites. The compression garments are worn for several weeks to help your skin to reattach to the muscle underneath where the fat used to be.
Local anaesthesia and/or intravenous sedation are frequently used for patients undergoing PAL surgery, although general anaesthesia may be desirable in some instances. For your safety during the operation, various monitors are used to check your heart, blood pressure, pulse and the amount of oxygen circulating in your blood.
It is important to note that the final results of your lipoplasty will not be fully apparent for several months.
Treatment can be carried out on body areas below the neck. Some of the most commonly treated areas are: