Aqualipo FAQ

Aqualipo FAQ
Aqualipo FAQ2018-08-07T00:14:53+00:00

Questions About Aqualipo?

Aqualipo is a popular liposuction method that has achieved excellent results in body contouring over recent years. It is a combination of water-based Body Jet liposuction and laser or radio frequency technology to eliminate the most amount of fat with the most even toning to the skin. See the following answers to the most common Aqualipo questions to learn all that you can about this procedure.

When we refer to “traditional liposuction,” we mean the original liposuction method when it first become popular. It used manual force using a longer cannula to remove the fat. Aqualipo, by contrast, uses the gentle power of water to first liquefy and then flush out the fat. It is much easier on the body, resulting in much less trauma or bruising, and can therefore be performed under just local anesthesia as needed. Most patients recover very quickly and can go back to work after 1-2 days.

CoolSculpting freezes the fat cells, with the idea that they are subsequently flushed out of the body naturally through your bodily functions. This treatment typically requires several repeat treatments to be effective.

With Aqualipo, the fat is immediately gone after you’ve had your procedure. An Aqualipo procedures lasts from one to two hours. Compared to fat removal with CoolSculpting, Aqualipo achieves much more visible results with a one-time procedure vs repeat treatments.

Aqualipo requires the insertion of a tiny cannula under your skin, through which the water is flushed through the tissue to break down the fat cells. To insert this cannula, your plastic surgeon makes several small incisions in your skin. These incisions are very small and do not require any stitches, which means they’re also highly unlikely to leave an scars.

Most patients are able to resume regular activities, including work, within 1-2 days after their Aqualipo procedure. Strenuous lifting or heavy exercise should be avoided for up to 2 weeks. 

Yes, but you should wait 1 week before starting gentle exercise, and 2 weeks before resuming your regular strength exercise program.

Most Aqualipo patients feel little more than slight discomfort, which can be caused by the movement of the cannula. Since the procedure is only minimally-invasive, no general anesthesia is required. Depending on patient needs, pain relief can be provided anywhere from light to heavy sedation or no sedation at all.


Since Aqualipo is so gentle, bruising after the procedure is typically only minimal. You should expect some swelling in the days afterwards, but both bruising and swelling usually resolve quickly as you heal.

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