Which Liposuction Method is Right for Me?

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If you are considering liposuction but are unsure which kind might be right for you, today we will discuss the different methods and what they might be best used for. Liposuction techniques have changed over the years to be more conducive to treating smaller areas as well as offering more shaping and contouring. Surgeons now have an easier time treating areas all over the body that can benefit from liposuction. Keep reading to learn more about the liposuction techniques offered by Dr. Steven Wallach in New York City.

The Different Types of Liposuction


– Traditional liposuction uses a back and forth motion with a cannula paired with tumescent fluid to help break up fat. This method can be a rather labor intensive for the surgeon.


– Power-assisted liposuction is a method much like the traditional type that uses a back and forth motion to loosen and remove fat cells. This cannula is powered to move back and forth reducing the labor required by the surgeon.

Ultrasonic (VASER)

– Ultrasonic or VASER liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to loosen fat cells more easily while possibly contributing to some skin retraction.

Laser Lipolysis

– Laser lipolysis uses a laser to essentially melt or loosen up the fat. Another unique characteristic of this method is that the heat can also aid in the tightening of the skin. This potentially is a benefit due to the fact that liposuction is not typically cited for having the ability to help with skin laxity.

How do I Choose a Method?

Choosing a method of liposuction is heavily dependent on what your aesthetic goals are. If you are more concerned with removing a large mass of fat, traditional or power-assisted may be the preferred method for your specific situation. However, if you are in need of a more detailed method of treatment to help shape the body, you then may opt for a more detailed method such as VASER or Laser Lipolysis.

While it is important to understand the differences between the available techniques, a consultation with Dr. Steven Wallach will be your best indication for treatment. Schedule a consultation today with Dr. Steven Wallach to find out the best treatment method for you.

Steven Wallach MD

Steven Wallach MD

Dr. Wallach is a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City who specializes in performing cosmetic procedures of the face, breast and body. As one of the cutting edge experts in the field, Dr. Wallach consults on a regular basis with people in the beauty, media, and publishing worlds.

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