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Some people have stubborn areas of fat cells that will not shrink no matter how much they diet or exercise. The common areas for these fat pockets include the chin, neck, hips, abdomen, thighs, buttocks, calves, and ankles.

A technique called ultrasonic-assisted lipoplasty (UAL) may help you address that unwanted fat. UAL is an enhancement to liposuction. To keep your new shape and new weight after lipoplasty, you will need to follow a proper diet and exercise plan.

Every person's outcome will vary based on factors such as how much fat is removed and the area that's treated. Before you decide whether to get this procedure, you should talk with your doctor about your goals, the results you can expect, and how to maintain your new body shape.

How Lipoplasty Differs From Other Liposuction Techniques

Lipoplasty uses high-frequency sound waves to liquefy fat beneath the skin's surface before removing it with gentle suction. Traditional liposuction cannot liquefy fat cells, making the fat more difficult to remove.

The UAL Consultation

The first step in lipoplasty is to schedule a consultation. Choose a board-certified cosmetic surgeon experienced in lipoplasty who has undergone specialized training required by the Ultrasound-Assisted Lipoplasty Task Force. Several major plastic surgery societies set up this task force to set safety standards for UAL. Do not hesitate to ask your doctor about credentials and training and how many lipoplasty procedures he or she has done.

At the consultation, the doctor will do a thorough evaluation to see if you are a good candidate.

In general, a good candidate is a person of average or only slightly above average weight, in good health, and with a specific area of fat that has not responded well to diet and exercise.

Benefits of Lipoplasty

UAL allows doctors to remove significant amounts of fat in a single session. It can be especially useful in areas of dense fat such as the back. The use of sound waves prevents surrounding blood vessels and connective tissue from being damaged because fat cells are selectively destroyed and removed.

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