Body Jet Liposuction Surgery – also known as ‘Water Liposuction’ or ‘Water-assisted liposuction’ – is an innovative technique for the removal of unwanted body fat.
This procedure makes use of pulses of saline fluids that gently dislodge fat, rather than traditional suction techniques where a cannula is used to dislodge the fat.
Your reasons for wanting to have body-jet liposuction will be exactly the same as the reasons for wanting traditional liposuction. The appeal of this particular method is that it helps to keep bruising and swelling to a minimum, and it also makes it easier for the unwanted fat cells to be removed. This is the preferred liposuction method if you are thinking of a Fat Transfer procedure, as this gentle method allows the removed fat cells to be ”harvested” and transferred to other areas of the body instead of destroyed. Ask your surgeon what areas might benefit from fat transfer following water-assisted liposuction, and what results you can expect.
Compared with conventional liposuction methods Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or Body-Jet liposuction removes fat with much less force and a significantly lower risk of side-effects. Even in comparison to other available minimally invasive methods of liposuction such as ultrasound-based technology (Vaser) and laser technology (Smartlipo) where the tumescent or irrigation solution (containing local anaesthetic and other medications) must remain in the body for a certain period of time in order to take effect, this method significantly reduces the side-effects from the medications in the tumescent solution and overall treatment time.
This method also has a much lower risk of bruise formation and injury to the sensitive nerve tissues under the skin. In addition, in Water-jet assisted liposuction (WAL) or Body-Jet liposuction keeps the strands of connective tissues responsible for skin tightening largely intact beneath the skin, so the skin tightens and settles quicker.
The procedure takes less time than other methods of liposuction meaning recovery can be quicker.
All procedures have their advantages and disadvantages, and all of these are very low-risk.
In all procedures, thin cannulas (small metal tubes) are inserted through incisions of a few millimetres that are made in discreet areas (e.g. skin folds) and are used to suck the fat in a vacuum process. In most cases, the fat is irrigated using a styptic and analgesic solution. This allows us to re-shape the body contour and to reduce fat accumulations. The skin covering the areas that are undergoing suction remains untouched and will start to shrink because of its elasticity, so that no lasting skin folds remain. An existing cellulitis might possibly be reduced, too.
The removal of distressing fat accumulations and the modelling of respective body parts will make the body look more slender and proportions more harmonious. However, liposuction is no alternative to weight loss, nor is it a treatment for obesity. It is not the whole person that can be made slimmer, but only individual areas where there is a strong accumulation of fat. Furthermore, if skin has become too sagging, the removal of excessive skin might become necessary together with the removal of fatty tissue.
Does liposuction allow for any amount of fat to be removed?
It is not advisable to remove large amounts of fat through suction. Usually, the limit is between 3-4 litres.
Each patient should have realistic expectations regarding the results that can be achieved through liposuction. Localized fat deposits can be removed optimally in skin that is still elastic. Once the skin has been strongly overstretched or once there are no longer sufficient elastic fibres, an aesthetically satisfying result can only be achieved by surgically removing excess fat and skin, and then one will have to accept ensuing scars (thigh lift, abdominoplasty, body lift).
What are the complications that can occur in liposuction?
The liposuction performed by an experienced surgeon at is a very low-risk procedure, still, skin retractions and irregular contours (dimples) cannot be excluded. Haematomas that are sometimes caused by liposuction disappear within a few weeks.
Important things to know – liposuction
In order to achieve an optimum result, a special compression garment will have to be worn for 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Do I need general anesthesia for a liposuction and how long do I have to stay in hospital?
Smaller fat deposits can be removed under local anesthesia. For larger amounts, additional twilight anesthesia is recommended during liposuction. Here, sleep and pain killer medication are introduced into a vein, the patient is relaxed, anxiety-free and in a state of twilight sleep and does not feel any or only very little pain. The advantage of this approach is that all the body’s defensive reflexes are still active and that a muscle injury during liposuction can be safely prevented. General anesthesia is only used in very comprehensive interventions, which usually require short-term hospitalisation. All other forms of liposuction are performed as in-office procedure.
After the procedure, you will recover in the capable hands of our aftercare team. As we are a day-case facility you can expect your recovery to be complete within 2 to 3 hours. If your surgeon is happy with your results, you will be able to be discharged from the Clinic the very same day. In some cases, patients may wish to stay locally in our exclusive partner hotel the day before or after your procedure in order to be close to their surgeon. Talk to us about these options if this is for you.
What is Water Assisted Liposuction?
WAL, mostly known as BodyJet is a liposuction method which allows us to do liposuction only with local anesthesia more comfortably, in less time and minimize downtime of the procedure.