body jet

One of the most advanced liposuction innovations available today is Human Med's Body-Jet, a water-jet assisted lipoplasty system.

We asked plastic cosmetic surgeon Dr. Sean Rice, BA, MD, M.Sc., FRCSC, of Rice Cosmetic Surgery in Toronto (doctorseanrice.com) to tell us how it works and why it's so effective.

Q. How does Human Med Body-Jet work?

The Body-Jet uses a gentle spray of water to dislodge fat. This means it's less traumatic to the patient than traditional liposuction. This procedure is also gentle on fat; it enables us to now take that fat and transfer it somewhere else if the patient prefers (for example, we can use it for a Brazillian butt lift, or breast augmentation). The fine spray of the water comes from the same cannula that harvests the fat, making the procedure quicker for the patient.

Q. How long have you been working with this technology?

A: This technology has been available in Canada for approximately two-and-a-half years. Our clinic was the first in Canada to offer the technology and we are currently the Canadian training centre for other surgeons wishing to learn how to use water-assisted liposuction.

Q. How does Body-Jet differ from traditional liposuction?

A: With traditional liposuction, you are removing fat under pressure. When you do this, it ruptures small blood vessels, leading to increased swelling and bruising, and that generally correlates into a longer recovery time for the patients. With the Body-Jet these, fine structures are not injured and therefore the recovery time for patients is far less. As a surgeon, I like to work with the Body Jet as it allows me to be more precise during the procedure, since it does not distort the operative field like traditional liposuction can.

Q. How is this procedure performed?

A: A small incision is made in the area in which the patient wishes to have surgery. Generally, we try to hide the incision in a non-visible spot. Surgery can be performed under either a local anaesthetic or twilight sedation. This depends on patient preference and the size of the area to be operated on. The Body-Jet releases a fine spray of water that causes the fat to dislodge. That fat can now be harvested for transfer somewhere else or discarded.

Q. Who is a good candidate for this treatment? Is anyone not a good candidate? What results can a patient expect?

A: The ideal candidate for Body-Jet Liposuction is in good health and not more than 25 pounds overweight. Those with localized, exercise-resistant fat deposits will obtain the best results. Often mothers, despite their diligent efforts to stay in shape, can never regain the flat stomach that they had before having children. Body-Jet helps target this trouble area in a gentle fashion and removes the "mommy" tummy so many women have after giving birth.

Q. How long does the treatment take?

A: The session will vary depending upon the patient but the procedure can range from one to three hours depending on the areas treated.

Q. Are there any potential side-effects or risks? What is the downtime? What are the after-care instructions?

A: In my experience, the side effects have been less than that of traditional liposuction. However, as with all surgery, there can be side effects. The downtime is also quicker than traditional liposuction. Generally, one can return to work the next day. For something like a spin class, one can return to in two weeks, compared to traditional liposuction where the down time is generally six-eight weeks.

Q:How long will the results last? Do you recommend follow-up treatments, and if so, at what intervals?

A: Follow-up treatments are only needed if a patient's weight fluctuates. The new contour that is created should stay a long time if the patient maintains his or her diet and exercise. However, as time goes by, we cannot fight mother nature.

Q:How long does it take for the results to display?

A: Results can generally be seen very quickly. However, it does take up to two to three months for all the swelling to subside and the skin to tighten itself.

Q:Approximately how much does each treatment cost?

A: Body-Jet Liposuction is comparable to the cost of standard traditional liposuction. The procedure starts at $4,500.