Tickle Lipo works by inserting a cannula through a small incision. The cannula is attached to a handle that is run by pressure and does not produce any heat. The handle causes the cannula to rotate as well as vibrate. This motion helps to liquefy or emulsify the fat, making it easy to extract with suction. Since the fat is aspirated through the same cannula, the procedure takes less time than conventional liposuction. The gentle rotation/vibration motion reduces pain and causes the tickle sensation.
A local anesthetic is usually all that is needed. Occasionally, at patient request, a light anti-anxiety medication may be prescribed. The cannula is inserted through a small incision, typically less then 3mm in length, and gently weaves through the fatty tissue dripping anesthetic fluid. The process is quite comfortable, with the patient primarily feeling only the vibration, some wetness from anesthetic fluid running out on the skin and occasional pinch as the anesthetic fluid swells and stretches the tissue. Most patients describe this swelling as a pinching sensation. While the surgeon is performing Tickle liposuction, patients generally feel only minimal discomfort if any. The procedure does involve a tickling sensation that sometimes causes patients to giggle or laugh out loud during treatment. The length of the operation depends on the amount of fat being removed. After the treatment session there is no need for sutures.
Tickle Lipo can be performed on many parts of the body. These areas include, but are not limited to, inner thighs, outer thighs, “love handles”, back, bra bulge, abdomen and buttocks. There are different sized cannulas for treating different areas, which makes it ideal for areas that are difficult to treat with other liposuction methods.