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Types of Liposuction

Types of LiposuctionA plastic surgeon may use different liposuction techniques according to a patient’s unique needs. The technology that forms the basis of the fat removal process is the primary difference between each liposuction technique.

Board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) provides liposuction to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and surrounding locations.


Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is typically undertaken as an outpatient procedure. It is performed using only local anesthesia and sedation. The time taken for the surgery may differ on the basis of the extent of fat removal, surgical technique used, and the number of fat reduction areas involved.

The surgeon will commence the procedure by placing a tiny incision in the treatment area. They will then insert a thin cannula through the incision to reach the deeper layers of fat.

After that, the surgeon will gently move the cannula back and forth to break down the fat cells. The loosened fat cells will then be suctioned out using a vacuum pump or syringe which is attached to the outer end of the cannula.

During the plastic surgery procedure, the patient will experience some loss of blood and fluid. The fluids will be restored with IV infusions during or right after the procedure.


Laser Assisted Liposuction (Smart Lipo)

Smart Lipo refers to a proven laser-assisted lipolysis system which can help patients achieve tighter skin and reduced fat in a minimally invasive way. The Smart Lipo system is meant to tighten underlying loose tissue and eliminate unwanted fat cells through precise laser energy.

Some cosmetic surgeons are now using this technology as an effective supplement to liposuction. The primary goal in the use of this innovative technique is to reduce the invasiveness of the procedure and accomplish more complete outcomes.

The objective of liposuction is to reduce localized fat pockets from the face and body through a surgical procedure. As a laser-assisted technique, Smart Lipo can enhance this process by coagulating targeted blood vessels in a safe manner and attain desirable results with less bleeding and bruising than liposuction alone.


Why Choose Smart Lipo?

Smart Lipo provides patients with the following benefits:

  • Minimally invasive procedure
  • Proven safe through various clinical studies
  • Precisely addresses targeted areas of unwanted fat
  • Accomplishes skin tightening by enhancing the coagulation of blood vessels
  • Reduced bleeding and bruising in comparison to liposuction alone
  • Patient experiences less trauma and pain
  • Highly fibrous sites can be treated more easily
  • Outcomes are more uniform, predictable, and reproducible


Ultrasound-Assisted Liposuction

This technique involves the use of ultrasound energy to disintegrate fatty tissue and loosen it from the body. This enables the removal of a larger amount of fat with a shorter surgical procedure. The variations of this technique include VASER Liposelection.


Suction-Assisted Liposuction

This technique involves the use of a vacuum-like device to help eliminate fat. Power-assisted liposuction is also a similar technique which involves the use of a device to improve the movements of the cannula used for fat removal.

The skill and experience of the plastic surgeon will ultimately determine the outcomes of a liposuction surgery more than the technique used. Therefore, it is crucial for patients to do their research and work with a highly trained, board certified plastic surgeon.

Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and nearby areas for liposuction.

To learn more about the plastic surgery treatments and procedures performed by Dr. Suzanne Quardt (Dr. Q) please contact us at 760-324-2660. To learn more about Dr. Q’s Medical Spa please visit

Dr. Q Medical Spa receives patients from Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, and other suburbs and towns in this part of California.

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