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What do a toothbrush and liposuction have in common? Both have ultrasonic versions. With ultrasonic technology, high-pitched sound waves are used to shake loose material. In a toothbrush's case, it's plaque; with liposuction, it's fat cells.
Ultrasonic liposuction can be performed in two ways: Internally and Externally. Internal ultrasonic liposuction originated in Europe and Latin America and began to be in use in the U.S. in the 1990s. Early machinery for this procedure was not considered very safe, as it had the tendency to burn patients' skin as the cannula (the tube used to suck out the loosened fat cells) heated up too much. This difficulty has since been remedied, however. With external ultrasonic liposuction, the liquefaction of fat cells is done outside of the body, by moving a vibrating hand piece around the area to be liposuctioned. This method is generally preferred by cosmetic surgeons today.
Be sure to speak with your cosmetic surgeon about the method s/he uses and discuss if it will be appropriate for your body type and the extent of the surgery you require.