1) What is Body Jet Liposuction?
Body Jet liposuction is a relatively new fat removal technique which relies on the innovative process of fluid-assisted liposuction. Unlike traditional liposuction techniques, which break apart and destroy fat cells, the Body Jet procedure loosens cells with gentle pulses of fluid, and then removes the cells and the fluid from the body, resulting in less damage to surrounding tissues. Because the tissue is loosened rather than being destroyed, there is minimal, if any, damage to local blood vessels and nerves. The technique has been used extensively in Europe and was recently brought to the United States, where it has been increasing in popularity.
2) Who is a candidate for Body Jet Liposuction?
The Body Jet technique is ideal for both men and women who:
• Are within 25 pounds of their ideal weight
• Are in good general health
• Do not suffer from bleeding or certain other disorders
• Have stubborn areas of fat that do not respond to diet and exercise
• Are looking for a procedure with relatively little recovery time
3) What are the advantages of Body Jet Liposuction?
• Precise results
• Safer overall than traditional liposuction
• Less swelling
• Less bruising
• Less bleeding
• Can be performed under local anesthesia
• Allows physician to assess new contours during the procedure
4) Is Body Jet Liposuction permanent?
The fat cells removed by the Body Jet procedure are gone for good. But like with all fat removal techniques, if you experience a significant weight gain during the months and years following Body Jet treatment, you may gain weight in areas adjacent to the treatment area.
5) What areas of the body does Body Jet Liposuction treat?
Almost any area of the body that has pockets of excessive fat can be successfully treated with Body Jet, with the most popular areas being:
Many patients opt to have more than one area treated during a single session.
6) How is fat removed during the Body Jet Liposuction procedure?
During the Body jet procedure, fat is loosened using jet sprays of fluid, and then sucked out, or aspirated, through a hollow tube called a cannula.
With the Body Jet technique, your doctor uses a pulsating spray of fluid to dislodge the fatty tissue so that it can be removed through the cannula. Fluids and fat are removed continuously, resulting in less swelling and discomfort for the patient. The technique comprises three phases: infiltration of fluid to numb the treatment area; combined infiltration and aspiration to dislodge and remove fat and fluid; and drying, which involves a final phase of aspiration to achieve the final contours.
Unlike other techniques which destroy fat tissue, Body Jet simply loosens it, allowing it to be removed through the cannula, and resulting in less trauma to the surrounding tissue. This means less bleeding, swelling, bruising, and overall discomfort for the patient.
7) What type of results and recovery can I expect from Body Jet Liposuction?
Recovery time is minimal with the Body Jet procedure and most men and women find that they are able to comfortably resume their normal routines within a few days of the procedure. The overall results of the Body Jet procedure are more precise than those achieved with traditional liposuction techniques, and because there is less trauma involved, you will see initial results right after your procedure, results become more evident during the months following the treatment with Body Jet.
8) How much does Body Jet Liposuction cost?
Overall, the cost of Body Jet is comparable to that of traditional liposuction, usually ranging from $2000 to $6000 for most men and women, depending upon the size of the treatment area.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Dermanetwork.org Staff
Updated: June 30, 2009