Tickle Lipo, or Nutational Custom Acoustic Liposuction (CAL), is an innovative addition to the liposuction treatments available in the US and is considered safe and relatively pain-free. It is known a Nutational Infrasonic liposuction in Europe and has been used there effectively for years.
The revolutionary process uses a variety of cannulas to treat particular areas of the body. This provides the most options when working on sensitive areas that can be difficult or impossible to treat with other liposuction methods. The cannulas rotate in a three dimensional pattern and are powered by air. This means that no heat is produced and the risk of injury is significantly lessened. The rotating pattern liquefies the adipose tissue (fat) and aspirates it at the same time.
Custom acoustic liposuction, with its variety of cannulas, is able to treat practically any area you desire. Many of the more popular areas include the back, face, neck, chest/breast, inner and outer thighs, chin, hips, upper arms, waist and abdomen.
The vibration from the custom acoustic liposuction cannula has been reported to induce a tickling sensation, thereby dramatically reducing discomfort during the procedure. Also, since no heat is produced, the fat that is recovered is able to be reused for other body augmentations. Finally, there is no need for general anesthesia, which means that this procedure can be accomplished in the doctor’s office, with no need for a surgery room.
Anyone who wishes to sculpt trouble areas of the body, but is otherwise healthy is a candidate for custom acoustic liposuction. Also, good skin elasticity is needed, since there is no heat to stimulate collagen production.
To start, a local anesthesia is provided. Next, the doctor inserts the air-powered cannula. The cannula begins to vibrate and liquefy the fat. While this is happening, the fat is also being aspirated. The cannula is equipped with a safety feature that shuts it off if it comes in contact with non-fat tissue. After the area or areas being worked on are cleared of the unwanted fat, the patient has a bandage applied to the site of entry. Then you are able to leave and continue with your day.
Recovery time is short. You most likely will not need sutures and you will be able to resume your normal routine in just a few days. You may need to avoid strenuous exercise for a few weeks and do not use hot tubs for the first few days.
Results will be noticeable almost immediately, in most cases. They will start with a visible reduction of fat in the area treated with custom acoustic liposuction. They will continue for a few months, and final results should be realized by six months after the procedure.
There is a slight chance of side effects. They are minimal, but the most common ones are a dimpling effect due to uneven redistribution of fat and loose skin. Both of these can easily be remedied with follow-up appointments with your doctor.
Yes, this revolutionary procedure is FDA approved in the U.S.
Usually cosmetic procedures are not covered by private insurance companies. Ask the billing specialist at your surgeon’s office to see if they offer deferred payments or a payment plan option that is right for you.
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 OnlineSurgery.com Staff
Updated: July 23, 2010