Factors Surgeons Should Consider Before Buying a Liposuction Device
The demand for non-surgical liposuction is on the rise, and plastic surgeons are quickly investing in these liposuction devices to meet the growing needs of their patients. However, numerous surgeons have discovered that these machines do not deliver the advantages and profits they were promised.
Meanwhile, advancements in surgical liposuction devices have made surgery less risky while improving outcomes and minimizing costs to the patient and surgeon. There are still disadvantages of traditional liposuction though which is why cosmetic surgeons should consider several factors before they invest in any liposuction device.
As a result, we’re offering the advantages and disadvantages of non-surgical and surgical liposuction with our favor leaning towards surgical liposuction as does many leaders in the cosmetic surgery industry.
Pros and Cons of Non-Surgical Liposuction
Non-surgical liposuction has become popular in the last few years for many reasons. While it has plenty of benefits for the right candidate, it also has significant disadvantages.
Pros of Non-surgical Liposuction
Risks and Recovery
This is the number one reason why your patients want non-surgical liposuction. There are very few risks associated with non-invasive liposuction, and patients can come in for treatment, then return to their regular activities the same day.
Speed of Procedure
Non-surgical liposuction takes much less time to perform than surgical liposuction; it lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. Many patients come in for treatment during breaks from work or between their every-day activities.
The Surgeon Exerts Much Less Energy
These liposuction procedures require little to no effort from the surgeon. For instance, devices that freeze fat cells do the majority of the work. A technician or surgeon preps the machine and patient, attaches the freezing device to the patient’s problem area, then allows the machine to do the work.
Pain, Swelling, and Bruising
Patients experience minimal pain, swelling, and bruising with nonsurgical liposuction, which is another reason why it’s such a popular treatment.
Cons of Non-surgical Liposuction
One of the biggest pitfalls of nonsurgical liposuction is that it often takes several treatments to achieve the aesthetic results a patient desires. It also isn’t an ideal treatment for large areas of fat and some procedures do not permanently get rid of fat.
Costs to the Patient
Since the patient often needs several procedures to completely remove fat deposits, it usually cost more than or about the same as surgical liposuction. In other words, for the same price as non-surgical liposuction, your patient could gain the results they desire in one session as opposed to upwards of 6 sessions.
Consumable Costs to Clinic
The consumable costs of using a non-surgical liposuction device is a major factor surgeons need to consider. According to the International Association for Physicians in Aesthetic Medicine:
Not only will you pay $76,000+ for a CoolSculpting® machine, but you are also going to pay Zeltiq® $125-275 every time you treat a CoolSculpting® patient’s target area (patients need 4-6 treatments on average). The “Treatment to Transformation™” package Zeltiq® recommends you sell to patients includes small treatments at $125/ea + 1 large treatment at $275, which is a cost of $1,025/patient to your practice. If you see 8 patients a month, after a year, you will be writing Zeltiq® a check for $98,400.
Since non-surgical liposuction isn’t ideal for all candidates and large volumes of fat, several cosmetic surgery clinics have not earned a return on investment using these devices because consumable costs are so high.
Pros and Cons of Surgical Liposuction
Surgical liposuction is still considered the gold standard in the cosmetic surgery industry. It offers many advantages, and it delivers fewer disadvantages as technology continues to improve the efficacy and safety of traditional liposuction.
Pros of Surgical Liposuction
The efficacy of traditional liposuction is one of the main factors surgeons need to consider before they invest in a non-surgical device. Surgical devices like Moeller Medical’s power-assisted liposuction machine, Vibrasat® Pro, can produce the aesthetic results the patient and surgeon desire in fewer sessions than non-surgical liposuction.
Moreover, patients are increasingly demanding lipofilling to contour their bodies, and non-surgical devices cannot meet this need. Surgical devices are also ideal for large volumes of fat and hard to reach areas like the upper back.
Costs to the Patient
Traditional liposuction is certainly more cost-efficient than non-surgical liposuction. Surgical liposuction may cost the patient anywhere from $1,500 to over $4,000 depending on what procedures they want, but they will need fewer sessions and can get multiple areas treated at once. Non-surgical liposuction can cost several thousands of dollars to treat one problem area through multiple sessions.
Costs to the Physician
Since liposuction is the second most common cosmetic procedure, surgeons earn a high return on investment when they purchase liposuction devices. Surgical liposuction machines earn higher profits though because these machines have less consumable costs, and there are many more ideal candidates for surgical liposuction. Even those with small areas of excess fat can be treated with traditional liposuction.
Cons of Surgical Liposuction
This is one of the biggest reasons your patients are more interested in minimally invasive liposuction procedures. Traditional liposuction has longer recovery times, but patients often don’t understand the outcomes of surgical liposuction often outweigh the downfalls.
Risks and Side Effects
There are definitely more risks and side effects associated with traditional liposuction. Patients experience more pain, swelling, and bruising although it’s significantly less with a skilled surgeon. Furthermore, the risks, pain, and swelling can be significantly reduced with a Tumescent Local Anesthesia liposuction device such as Möller Medical’s Liposat® Power.
Traditional liposuction is more exhausting on the surgeon than non-surgical liposuction. They have to exert more force, and they’re increasingly performing longer surgeries due to the rise in body contouring procedures. However, many manufacturers like Moeller Medical, are addressing this issue by engineering power-assisted liposuction devices that are lightweight and powerful.
The Bottom Line
Non-invasive liposuction devices may advance in the future to address some of the costs to the patient and surgeon as well as improve efficacy. However, they do not provide enough advantages to be quality investments for the patient or surgeon. Traditional liposuction offers the best advantages for the patient and surgeon’s money. As a result, surgical liposuction continues to be the gold standard for fat removal and body contouring.
At Möller Medical, we pride ourselves on engineering innovative liposuction devices that meet the needs of surgeons and their patients. Contact us today, so we can discuss how our full suite liposuction devices can serve you and your practice.