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Savannah, GA 31406

350 Fording Island Road
Bluffton, SC 29910

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Tickle Liposuction – The Less Invasive Solution

The removal of stubborn fat deposits from the hips, thighs, knees, arms, abdomen, neck, chin, and other problem areas can be accomplished with a popular cosmetic surgery procedure known as tickle liposuction. Although not a substitute for a healthy diet and regular exercise, tickle liposuction can help give patients the lean, sculpted look they desire by removing pockets of fat that cannot be eliminated through non-surgical methods or diet and exercise. Tickle Liposuction is offered as a safe, effective option for enhancing the body’s shape and tone. Liposuction is the most common plastic surgery procedure done and has been performed at Finger & Associates since 1982. 

The Tickle Liposuction Method

What are the advantages of tickle liposuction over traditional liposuction or energy-based liposuctions such as laser liposuctions or radio-wave or ultrasonic liposuction?


 Our history of liposuction goes back to 1982 when Dr. Finger read an article about liposuction. No one in the southeast was doing liposuction at that time, and Dr. Finger had to order cannulas from Germany. They were huge and had cutting edges. Still, the results made patients very happy. We have graduated to tumescent liposuction, smaller, more effective and safer cannulas, and better postoperative instructions which have made liposuction the most popular and safest procedure performed by plastic surgeons.

For the last few years, energy-based liposuctions were invented and tried, one of the goals being to tighten the skin.
 Independent studies have shown that the energy based liposuction is not better than traditional liposuction and add a new list of possible risks because of the heat and burning of the tissues, and the procedures take longer to perform than traditional liposuction, which adds to the cost.  Also, they destroy fat derived Stem Cells. This is very important, as fat transfer/grafting is becoming very popular for re-volumizing the face, eyelids, hands, reconstruction of the breast, cosmetic breast augmentation, and the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift).

 Energy based liposuction can destroy fat derived stem cells which is why Dr. Finger uses the tickle liposuction method instead. Finger & Associates offers fat transfer/grafting of the face, eyelids, hands, reconstruction of the breast, breast augmentation, and the buttocks (Brazilian Butt Lift).Fat is very fragile, and much of the fat when grafted does not survive. However, fat-derived stem cells are quite hardy. Concentrating stem cells from the patients’ fat and adding it to the fat that is going to be transferred increases the success of the fat transfer.

Advantages of Tickle Liposuction

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The “tickle liposuction method,” trademarked as NIL stands for Nutational Infrasonic Liposuction, is a system in which the cannula vibrates with specific motion and rotation. This has several advantages: it reduces the discomfort, so general anesthesia is no longer necessary; there is less post-operative swelling and bruising; recovery time is reduced; the procedure takes about 25% less time to perform, and it preserves stem cells. The pain reduction is called the gateway phenomenon. The vibration takes up room on the nerves, and there is less room for pain impulses to make it to the brain. The word tickle liposuction was used because many patients think that it tickles. An independent study from Belgium concluded that the tickle liposuction was the most effective liposuction technique with the least risk of unsatisfactory results.


Tumescent Liposuction

Although there are many methods of performing liposuction, a technique known as tumescent liposuction is considered by many to be the gold standard. This method involves the injection of a special liquid into the area to be treated before the application of suction, causing the area to become firm, or tumescent. This technique ensures that our patients receive the best possible results with the least amount of downtime, because it allows the removal of larger amounts of fat while causing less damage to surrounding tissues. Because the injection liquid contains an anesthetic, there is also less discomfort for the patient during and after the procedure.

Tumescent liposuction can be used in any area of the body. It is particularly useful for large areas of fat, or areas like the face, neck, arms, calves, ankles, abdomen, sides, and back, which demand enhanced precision. At Finger and Associates Plastic Surgery Center in Savannah, Georgia, we are pleased to offer this advanced body contouring technique to our liposuction patients.

Breast Liposuction 

Liposuction is often a less invasive alternative to breast reduction surgery. When the breasts are only mildly larger than desired and loose or extra skin is not a concern, liposuction can be used to remove excess fat from the area, thereby reducing the size of the breasts, while leaving only tiny incision scars. This is particularly useful for the treatment of gynecomastia, or overdeveloped breasts on men.

 Liposuction of the arms and thighs 

Though the abdomen and flank area remains the #1 area of liposuction, two areas of the body that are also frequently treated with liposuction include the arms and thighs. Because these areas are notorious for retaining stubborn pockets of fat, it is an ideal target for liposuction surgery. Often, liposuction alone can dramatically improve the shape and tone of the arms and thighs, but if excess skin is a problem, a arm lift, or thigh lift procedure may be necessary to reach the desired result. We also offer Renuvion for skin tightening, which can be performed with liposuction.  Book your consultation with Dr. Finger in Savannah or Bluffton, SC. 

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