Dr. David Stoker
4640 Admiralty Way #1000
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(310) 300-1779

Power-Assisted Liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction is my favorite technique for removing fat. Because of my leadership position as an instructor for plastic surgeons, I test most new systems for fat removal as soon as they become available. For the past decade, I've found that using PAL (power-assisted liposuction), allows me to achieve the best results and fastest recovery for my Los Angeles liposuction patients. Here, I will elaborate on why the power-assisted liposuction system is special in my hands.

I'd be happy to discuss your options for liposuction surgery in Los Angeles. Request a consultation online or by calling (310) 300-1779.

The Dr. Stoker Difference

For Your Liposuction:

  1. He's written 2 textbook chapters on liposuction, sharing his knowledge with future plastic surgeons.
  2. He regularly teaches liposuction courses at meetings of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS).
  3. He was named as a top surgeon in liposuction by The New York Times.
  4. He's pioneered some of today's most popular liposuction techniques, such as power-assisted liposuction (PAL).

Liposuction Before & After Photos


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Liposuction Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

When I was a resident in plastic surgery in the late 1990's, I was already interested in pioneering new fields in body contouring surgery. I began extensive clinical studies with one of my mentors, Dr. Gerald Pitman, because of his leading edge techniques and large number of patients. We first studied ultrasonic liposuction and compared it to the traditional suction techniques. We then went on to conduct clinical studies on the first few generations of power-assisted liposuction equipment. We were both impressed with the new technology because it was much more effective, but also more gentle. It was just the combination we were seeking to get the best results for our patients.

Suction-Assisted Liposuction

Suction-assisted liposuction (SAL) was the first liposuction method used to remove unwanted fat, and it was introduced in the 1980's. It's a simple system that involves a hollow metal tube (cannula) with holes on the end. Mechanical force generated by the surgeon loosens fat cells and allows them to be suctioned away in the connected tubing through a vacuum system. SAL was a huge step forward in plastic surgery because it allowed surgeons to remove large amounts of fat with minimal scars.

SAL does, however, have limitations. SAL is not very effective in fibrous areas, such as the chest, flanks and back. It's also not nearly as useful in repeat liposuction cases, where internal scarring may inhibit the removal of significant amounts of fat with smooth results. SAL does not give surgeons as much control in sculpting as they have with some other systems, such as power-assisted liposuction.

Power-Assisted Liposuction

Power-assisted liposuction was introduced in the late 1990's as a safer and more efficient technique for removing fat. The power-assisted system relies on a vibrating cannula tip that gently shakes fat loose and suctions it away in one step. The cannula vibrates at just the right frequency to maximize the efficient removal of fat. The vibration also helps the cannula to glide through the fatty layers with a minimal amount of force. Power-assisted liposuction gives me more control and precision, allowing me to focus on sculpting a more beautiful figure for the patient. It also helps to minimize a patient's recovery because there's less trauma to the body.

Advantages of PAL

Advantages of power-assisted liposuction include:

  • More efficient removal of fat
  • More control for the surgeon to sculpt precisely
  • More effective in fibrous or previously treated areas
  • Less trauma to the surrounding tissues
  • Less bruising
  • Faster recovery
  • Less time under anesthesia

To learn more about power-assisted liposuction, request a consultation online or by calling (310) 300-1779.

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