Microcannula liposuction is a body contouring procedure in which a stainless steel tube is used to remove the excess fat beneath the skin. It is important to note that in no way it can serve as a substitute for weight loss because it only targets the superficial fat and not the deeper visceral fat linked to obesity.
The only way to eliminate the deeper visceral fat is to lose weight, which can only be sustained through superb diet and regular exercise, as suggested by leading body contouring surgery expert Dr. Tarick Smiley.
Oftentimes, microcannulas are defined as having an outside diameter of 2.2 mm or sometimes even less. While they make the fat extraction process slightly longer compared to using larger cannulas, the benefits they offer far outweigh this minimal “caveat.”
Dr. Smiley explains the most notable benefits of microcannula liposuction:
- More favorable scars
Microcannula entails smaller round incisions, which in turn minimizes the risk of visible scarring. In fact, after 6-12 months the scars are barely noticeable even by the patients themselves (i.e., they have to stretch their skin and look very closely to see the faded white mark).
Larger cannulas, meanwhile, require bigger incisions that may increase the risk of noticeable scars. Furthermore, they cause more trauma around the skin of the incision site; this is tied to dark marks or postop inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- Perceived shorter recovery
Because microcannula liposuction results in less trauma, most patients can expect shorter recovery—i.e., resumption of normal activities sooner than if larger cannulas were used.
- Smoother results
Skin irregularities after liposuction are generally caused by over-correction. Fortunately, microcannula has drastically reduced such risk because it removes fats in smaller bits compared to larger cannulas. For this reason areas that require high precision—e.g., chin, neck, bra back roll, and knee-ankle region—will require this special instrument.