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If you think UAL is a bankrupt airline, think again! UAL stands for ultrasound assisted liposuction (or ultrasonic liposuction), an alternative to tumescent liposuction. Instead of the traditional tumescent liposuction that injects saline to make it easier to suction out fat, ultrasonic liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to liquefy the fat. An ultrasonic rod inserted into your fat radiates ultrasonic waves, then the fat gets suctioned out as in tumescent liposuction.
Fans of UAL say that there is less blood and pain with ultrasonic liposuction, while opponents claim side effects include significant tingling and burning. Fluid collection is common, and your surgeon will typically drain the fluid that can gather under the skin. Tumescent fluid tends to reduce bruising, which is one advantage of tumescent liposuction. However, ultrasonic liposuction can reduce skin, especially in the neck, and remove larger amounts of fat, since the liquefied lipids can more easily be sucked out.
Traditional liposuction targets areas with smaller fat deposits. Ask your surgeon which procedure she has had success in, which she has performed more often, and which she would recommend for herself. If you still think UAL is an airline, study cosmetic surgery and body sculpting before you incur any liposuction cost.