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Reader Laura Asks about Water Jet Lipo – New Liposuction Breakthrough or Bull?

Posted Aug 31 2009 12:00am

Reader Laura Question:

I was wondering if you had heard of or are using this new method. What are your thoughts on this new procedure? Are there more or less risks with this?

King 5 News

Over its history, liposuction has had more gimmicks applied to it than just about any other cosmetic procedure. Some would have easily fit into a late-great Billy Mays’ commercial. This new potential gimmick is called Water Jet Lipo or Aqua Lipo. It reportedly uses water to break up the fat cells to allow their removal.

Amongst the liposuction techniques / advertising terms we have on the menu at present are:

    Tumescent liposuction (pump the tissue up with fluid first)
    Vaser liposuction (ultrasound used to break up the fat)
    Smart Lipo (laser used to melt the fat)

and now

    Water Jet Lipo

Each of these are marketing terms for versions of a liposuction system. They are all currently in use. I have used the first three at one time or another and have found that the results are very similar. In my practice I most often use a modified tumescent liposuction technique.

My conclusion

Technology adds a selling advantage to liposuction. Even the representatives who sell the systems come to the office touting how their system will enhance sales. The technical aspects are very similar with occasional small advantages in specialized situations. I will not be rushing out to spend big bucks on any new technology unless good studies show it is better than that which I already use. Those studies are few and far between.

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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