New technology promises lipo patients better results and fast recovery - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/19/09

New technology promises lipo patients better results and fast recovery

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By Kristin Beerman | email

Edited by Jon Bush | email 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - New technology in the operating room is promising liposuction patients' better results with a faster recovery. It's called the Body Jet. 

This new liposuction-device features a high-pressure stream of water that shoots out of the tip of the cannula, or suction wand to break up fat cells and scar tissue with ease.  After inserting the wand into a small incision in the belly button, the surgeon can control the intensity of the water jet, which is something that dramatically reduces the need for that jabbing motion that you normally see with liposuction.

"You're suctioning and infusing the solution at the same time and so you're moving with a gentle violin-like motion instead of as if you were operating a jack hammer," said Scott Miller, M.D., a plastic surgeon.  Full recovery is two weeks versus six weeks.  Activity of daily living is two to three days versus two weeks."

The before and after results of the Body Jet are very similar to traditional liposuction, with the overall results are a little smoother.  Surgeons who use the Body Jet say they can extract larger quantities of fat more precisely and with the help of the jet-stream, the tool is easily moved through scar tissue.  This opens the procedure to new patients who, in the past, would not have been good candidates for lipo. 

There are some skeptics in the industry, who prefer the traditional method.  If you're interested, look for a board certified plastic surgeon to find out more about the new body jet.  Dr. Miller says there's really no price benefit and says either costs about $5,000.

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