Liposuction, first introduced in the U.S. in the 1980s, has come a long way. Originally, it was quite a violent procedure. The doctor needed to move the relatively large cannula quite aggressively back and forth under the skin to break loose the fat that was then suctioned out. The procedure caused a good deal of tissue trauma and bleeding, which led to significant bruising that could take a couple months to fully clear.
But since that time, liposuction has become progressively less invasive. Tumescent techniques eliminated the need for general anesthesia, as the target area is first injected with a saline solution that also has Lidocaine and epinephrine in it to both eliminate pain and constrict the blood vessels to minimize bruising. Ultrasound and laser energy have also been added to the procedure in some cases.
The latest technique is the FDA-approved Tickle Lipo, which we offer at Diamond Medical Spa and Vein.
What is Tickle Lipo?
In Tickle Lipo, the difference is in the cannula. In Tickle Lipo the cannula doesn’t simply act as a vacuum; it has two movements — it vibrates and rotates. These movements help break up and loosen the fat. The movements actually lightly tickle, hence the name. This new cannula also helps Dr. Yates to avoid damaging adjacent blood vessels, which is the cause of bruising. It also avoids the heat involved with laser-assisted liposuction, which can damage the skin.
Tickle Lipo also allows Dr. Yates to contour very accurately. Dr. Yates has used Tickle Lipo on patients coming to him after being told they would need a tummy tuck, eliminating the need for the very invasive tummy tuck surgery, yet delivering similar results.
Unlike other types of liposuction, with Tickle Lipo the patients are very relaxed. The procedure requires only local anesthesia and the patient can sit up, watch a movie, talk on the phone, or listen to music. It is so much less invasive than most liposuction methods that patients can usually return to work in just a couple days.
Come on, it doesn’t really tickle, does it?
Yes, the vibrating, rotating cannula creates a tickling sensation in the patient. This isn’t an override of the local anesthesia, it’s just a side sensation that patients actually enjoy.
Interested in Tickle Lipo? Call Diamond Medical Spa & Vein at (563) 275-4701.