What is power assisted liposuction (PAL)?

Like regular liposuction, power assisted lipo safely removes excess fat cells from the targeted areas, slimming and streamlining the torso for a more attractive silhouette.

As with tumescent lipo, the doctor will inject a fluid that helps to maximize the patient’s comfort levels during the procedure, and also works to penetrate the fat deposits faster.

The difference with power assisted lipo is that it uses a motorized cannula as its suctioning tool. This allows the doctor to perform the technique in a controlled, precise fashion that is less vigorous than its manual counterpart and may provide more accurate, fine-tuned results.

Advantages of power assisted liposuction

The small, gentle vibrations emitted by the motorized cannula during power assisted lipo create a wave of energy that works to break up stubborn fat cells, making the fat loss process more efficient and more rapid. In addition, the cannula employed with this type of liposuction is usually smaller, requiring more minute incisions that leave less obtrusive scars.

With manual liposuction, movements take more time and require more force. Power assisted lipo gives the doctor the ability to get in and out faster, reducing your downtime and discomfort while effectively minimizing the risk of complication. The precision factor is also very high with PAL, which makes it a method of choice for many physicians interested in efficient, nuanced body contouring.

Details of the procedure

Depending on the extent of the body contouring you require, your PAL treatment will take anywhere from 1-2 hours, and you will be able to go home the same day.

Dr. Scarpidis will create tiny incisions at the target areas through which to thread the power assisted cannula. These incisions are placed in the most strategic way possible as to avoid visible scarring.

The doctor will then inject you with a topical anesthetic that also works to prepare the fat for removal by breaking it up uniformly into smaller units. The tip of a motorized, vibrating cannula is then inserted to suction out the unwanted fat deposits.


Because power assisted lipo makes use of a built-in anesthetic, you should experience minimal pain all the way into the first part of your recovery. No general anesthesia is used, so returning home right away is no problem.

Although minor side effects are to be expected as part of the recovery process, in general, swelling and bruising are lessoned with PAL, because there is much less manual manipulation with the cannula. You will receive pain medications if necessary, but note that any symptoms such as tenderness or discomfort will evaporate fairly quickly, usually within 7-10 days.

The doctor may in some cases ask you to wear a compression garment. This helps to reduce excess swelling and helps to maintain your new, improved shape.

What kind of results can I expect with PAL?

In certain clinical trials, power assisted liposuction was found to produce as much as 25% more fat loss than manual lipo. It was also shown to reduce post-operative swelling and downtime. Areas of the body that are more frustrating to address with manual lipo often respond well to PAL, given its precision factor. On the whole, you can expect to achieve a more slender, tapered appearance with PAL, especially in the hands of a capable, experienced Manhattan liposuction surgeon, such as Dr. Scarpidis.

Why choose Dr. Scarpidis for power assisted lipo (PAL)?

Dr. Scarpidis is a board certified plastic surgeon who ranks among NYC’s most trusted names in body sculpting. He has completed multiple demanding fellowships and residencies, solidifying his knowledge base, and has since built a highly successful practice in the Manhattan area dedicated to providing superior results. Dr. Scarpidis is noted for his frequent contributions to the scientific community in the area of expert body contouring and liposuction, and has been a mainstay on the research lecture circuit in New York.

Where will my power assisted liposuction procedure take place?

Scarpidis Aesthetics is conveniently located in midtown of New York City, and provides a comforting, immaculate environment along with state-of-the-art technology and equipment. From our serene and stylish waiting room to our world-class surgical theater, we offer an outstanding patient care experience in an accredited setting.

Taking the first step

If you are eager to learn more about PAL, Dr. Scarpidis invites you to schedule a confidential consultation today in the comfort and privacy of his New York offices. During this process, the doctor will be able to answer your questions and concerns in depth, providing detailed information on the results you can expect, the cost, the risks and benefits of PAL, and on what you can expect from recovery.

Your consultation will consist of a thorough physical exam, a review of all medical records, prescriptions and previous cosmetic treatments, and the formulation of a unique, customized plan for aesthetic improvement that addresses your goals and wishes.

Schedule a consultation

If you’re ready to rejuvenate your appearance so you can look and feel your very best, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scarpidis today. During your private meeting in his midtown office, Dr. Scarpidis will thoroughly discuss your cosmetic goals, concerns and desires, before outlining a customized treatment plan designed to address the issues that concern you most. From there, he will guide you through making an informed decision that is in your best interest and will result in the precise aesthetic enhancements you desire.

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