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Is radiofrequency the newest wave in liposuction?

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Since the invention of liposuction by an Italian gynecologist in 1974, the procedure has undergone numerous changes and innovations to improve both its safety and results.

A report on a liposuction study of 23 patients was recently released in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ March 2010 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the association’s official medical journal. According to the research, a form of liposuction that utilizes high frequency energy waves shows promise in the never-ending quest to safely and effectively rid human bodies of excess fat. Radiofrequency energy uses an electrical energy delivered in the form of high-frequency electrical current. During radiofrequency-assisted liposuction, called RFAL for short, the current heats the fatty tissue to dissolve fat cells with minimal damage to the fat and extremely little damage to surrounding tissues, particularly when compared to traditional types of liposuction.

The pilot study followed 23 patients over a 6-month period. Information as to the attractiveness of their results and notation of any complications were gathered both immediately after the procedure was performed, at 6 and again at 12 weeks postprocedure. There were no reports of scarring, burns or excessive postoperative discomfort. All patients reported skin tightening along with body contour improvements and significant weight and circumference reductions.

Researchers claim that the study suggests that removal of moderate amounts of fat using radiofrequency liposuction is achievable, safe and effective. We’ll be watching this over time to see if the RFAL device is approved by the FDA. In the meantime, our patients have been ecstatic with their Slim Lipo results!