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Water Assisted Liposuction in Santa Barbara

We are doing Water Assisted Liposuction now with the Body-Jet device, a first for Santa Barbara and the Central Coast. I’m excited about this technology because it allows for a gentle removal of fat with the assistance of a spray of water at the end of what at first glance looks like a typical liposuction canula (the long metal tube that sucks the fat from your body). Less energy, or force, needs to be applied during the procedure, and the benefits are seen with less pain, less bruising, less swelling, and a rapid return to normal activities. It is routinely done under local anesthesia, with minimal pain. There is some preliminary evidence it can shrink skin up to 8% as well.

The other thing about this technology that convinced me that it was a significant advancement in the field of liposuction, is that the fat that is removed is very good quality fat that has not been severely traumatized by the procedure, unlike laser liposuction or ultrasonic liposuction, or even conventional liposuction. So what does this mean? It means that the fat cells that come out (pure yellow, with virtually no blood), are mostly still alive and can be reinjected for those patients who could benefit from fat transfer to rejuvenate an aging face, or to augment body areas such as the buttocks, or even breast augmentation which remians under study in the United States. The fat even has application in breast reconstruction patients, including patients with radiation changes.

The cost of the procedure is comparable to conventional liposuction.

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