July  2024

Exploring Liposuction Types:
An In-Depth Look

Liposuction has long been a popular cosmetic procedure for individuals seeking to contour their bodies and remove stubborn fat deposits. Since traditional liposuction was first created, various techniques have been developed, each with unique advantages and considerations. This blog explores the different types of liposuction, including VASER ultrasound liposuction, laser liposuction (SMART and SLIM liposuction), water jet liposuction, vibratory or "tickle" liposuction, Trisculpt liposuction, and Airsculpt liposuction. It's essential to understand that each technique has its benefits and drawbacks, and the plastic surgeon's expertise plays a crucial role in achieving optimal results.

It can be difficult to know what type of lipo is right for you, especially when so many non-plastic surgery practices and physicians are offering lipo at loss-leader pricing that oftentimes feels tempting. Now more than ever, it's vital that you have a thorough understanding of the type of lipo best suited for you.

Most importantly, please make sure to verify your surgeon's skills and experience with body contouring. Of course, we're going to tell you to always select a board-certified plastic surgeon because they've put in the work to be top-level in their craft. Make sure you have thoroughly vetted your provider's practice philosophy and lipo results, which should be supported with plenty of before and after photos and patient reviews. Ok, let's dive in!

VASER® Ultrasound Liposuction

VASER liposuction in Dallas, Texas- Dr. John Burns

VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) ultrasound liposuction uses ultrasonic waves to emulsify fat cells, making them easier to remove. This technique allows for precise targeting of fat while sparing surrounding tissues, such as nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissue.


-Minimally invasive with less tissue trauma giving you a somewhat easier recovery with less downtime overall.

-You'll experience skin firming that you won't get with other lipo modalities thanks to the heat generated by ultrasonic waves.

-VASER® works well for effectively treating fibrous areas that are difficult to contour with other lipo methods. This makes VASER® the first choice for treating areas like the back and in male breast reduction (gynecomastia).

-The cannula used in VASER® is significantly smaller and prevents contour irregularities that sometimes result from the larger cannulas used in traditional lipo.

-We can create/define muscle contouring using a technique called "etching" or micro-sculpting.

-More powerful than laser-assisted liposuction. 


-While not a disadvantage, performing VASER requires specialized equipment and training.

-When used inappropriately, a patient can experience burns or injury from the ultrasonic energy. More reason to select a trained, experienced board-certified plastic surgeon.

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Liposuction Before and After by Dr. John Burns in Dallas, Texas

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Laser-Assisted Liposuction: SMART and SLIM Liposuction

SmartLipo in Dallas, Texas

Laser liposuction devices, including SMART (SmartLipo) and SLIM (SlimLipo), use laser energy to liquefy fat cells, which are then suctioned out. The laser also stimulates collagen production, promoting skin tightening.


-Laser-assisted liposuction has dual benefits of fat removal and skin firming that are sufficient for patients with minimal skin laxity.

-Laser-based lipo minimizes bruising and swelling like VASER®, reducing downtime for many.


-Potential for skin burn or thermal injury.

-Effectiveness depends on the skill and experience of the provider.

-SmartLipo is not always suitable for large-volume fat removal.

-Less powerful than ultrasound-assisted liposuction

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Water Jet Liposuction

BodyJet Liposuction

Water jet liposuction, or Body-Jet or water-assisted liposuction procedure large-volume, uses a high-pressure saline solution to gently loosen fat cells. The fat is then suctioned out simultaneously with the saline solution.


Gentle on surrounding tissues, resulting in less bruising and swelling.


-May be less effective for large-volume fat removal.

-It's more difficult for plastic surgeons to evaluate the endpoint of the procedure since the water in the tissues causes swelling.

-Requires specialized equipment and training.

-Results may vary depending on the provider's expertise.

Vibratory Or "Tickle Lipo"

Vibratory liposuction, or "tickle" lipo, uses a cannula that vibrates to break up fat cells, making them easier to suction out. The vibration creates a tickling sensation for some patients.


Theoretically has reduced trauma to surrounding tissues.


-Results are highly dependent on the provider's skill and experience.

-May not be as effective for dense or fibrous fat areas.

-Potential for uneven results if not performed correctly.

Trisculpt Liposuction

Trisculpt liposuction is a proprietary technique that combines tumescent liposuction with power-assisted liposuction (PAL) and laser liposuction. This multi-modality approach aims to optimize fat removal and skin tightening.


Comprehensive fat removal with enhanced skin tightening.


-Trisculpt is a more complex procedure requiring experienced providers.

-Longer recovery period compared to single-modality techniques.Potential for complications if not performed correctly.

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Airsculpt Liposuction

Airsculpt liposuction is a minimally invasive technique using a patented, power-assisted cannula to remove fat with precision. The method is designed to minimize discomfort and downtime.


Theoretically, Airsculpt has enhanced precision and reduced trauma to surrounding tissues.


-Higher cost due to proprietary technology.

-Requires a provider with extensive skills and experience in AirSculpt to render treatment.

-It may not be suitable for all patients or large volume fat removal.

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Choosing The Right Technique

Choosing the right modality starts with knowing what areas you want to improve and making certain you're in good health for plastic surgery. At the end of the day, each device comes with certain advantages and disadvantages. Your best bet is to ensure that your provider thoroughly understands your needs and can recommend the technique that will make you most satisfied.

Book A Complimentary Lipo Consult To Know For Sure

Dr. John Burns offers complimentary body contouring consults for men and women throughout the United States and the world. During your online or in-person plastic surgery consultation, your areas of concern will be evaluated so that Dr. Burns can recommend the best liposuction technique designed to reveal your body contour while reducing unwanted fat.

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