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Tickle Lipo Advantages and Disadvantages

Liposuction technology has been evolving for decades. One of the most important developments in liposuction is the tumescent technique, popularized by Jeffrey Klein in 1987. The technique involves the use of large liquid lidocaine and epinephrine until complete local anesthesia is obtained and blood loss is almost inevitable. Excellent local anesthesia and minimal blood loss allow liposuction to be performed completely without any sedative or general anesthesia. After tumescent anesthesia is inserted, excess fat should be inhaled using different canvases mounted on the suction device.

In traditional liposuction, the surgeon manually passes the canula back and forth through the tissue, removing a small amount of fat with each passing. As such is the case, especially in larger volume liposuction, it can be quite tedious. In addition, the physical strength required is often linked to trauma to the connective tissue and surrounding blood vessels. In vibrating liposuction, such as the Tickle Lipo, the kannula is instead attached to one hand which provides side to side, back and rotational movement. This creates a vortex-like force at the end of the cannula that helps break down the fat with minimal muscle strength used by the surgeon. Instead of relying on back and forth movements, the surgeon can easily slide the cannula through the fat. This allows for a more artistic approach to fat preservation. Less trauma to the surrounding blood vessels means less blood and less bruises. As bruises can persist for several weeks after surgery, this is very useful. Less damage to the supporting ligaments means better skin tightening can be achieved.

There are also advantages to liposuction assisted by ultrasound and laser lipolysis. Ultrasonic liposuction involves the use of solid ultrasound channels that first break the fat and the second step to remove fat with a suction cannula. Laser lipolysis is the same, except that laser energy is used to melt fat before removal. With both technologies, there is a possibility of burns, but that's not the only drawback. In the opinion of the author, both require the surgeon to work blindly when they break down the fat. Instead of seeing the ultimate look of evolution when more fat is inhaled, such as traditional liposuction or vibration, with these last two technologies, the final product will only start to look after the ultrasound or laser part. Although used in 1993 in Europe, Tickle Lipo vibrational liposuction has only recently been approved by the FDA in the US. However, it is the opinion of this author that offers many advantages over the existing liposuction technology, in spite of lasers and ultrasounds, it will surely receive a larger and larger portion of liposuction.


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