Common Questions About Power-Assisted Liposuction and Their Answers


At Infini Cosmetic Associates, we understand that many people have questions about power-assisted liposuction. That’s why we’ve put together this blog post to answer some of the most common questions about this popular cosmetic procedure.

Power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is a minimally invasive procedure that removes fat from areas of the body with the help of a specialized tool. This procedure is often used to contour areas such as the abdomen, hips, back, arms, and thighs. It can also be used to treat stubborn pockets of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.

The benefits of PAL include minimal scarring, shorter recovery times, and less risk of complications compared to traditional liposuction. However, there are some risks associated with the procedure, including infection and nerve damage.

In this blog post, we’ll answer some of the most common questions about power-assisted liposuction and provide an overview of its benefits and risks. We hope this information will help you make an informed decision about whether or not PAL is right for you.

Common Questions About Power-Assisted Liposuction

What is the Difference Between Traditional Liposuction and Power-Assisted Liposuction?

The main difference between traditional liposuction and power-assisted liposuction (PAL) is the type of device used to break up and suction out fat. In traditional liposuction, a cannula, or small tube, is inserted into the treatment area and manually moved back and forth to break up fat cells. In PAL, an automated device with a vibrating tip is used instead of a manual cannula to break up fat cells before they are removed from the body. This vibration helps to reduce trauma to tissue surrounding the treatment area, which can result in less bruising and swelling than traditional liposuction.

Is Power-Assisted Liposuction Safe?

Power-assisted liposuction is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified surgeon who has experience with this procedure. The risks associated with PAL are similar to those associated with traditional liposuction, such as infection, bleeding, scarring, and nerve damage. However, because the automated device used in PAL causes less trauma to tissue surrounding the treatment area than traditional liposuction techniques do, patients may experience fewer side effects after their procedure. It is important for patients to discuss any potential risks or concerns they may have about PAL with their doctor prior to undergoing the procedure.

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Power-Assisted Liposuction?

The amount of time it takes for a patient to recover from power-assisted liposuction will depend on several factors including the size of the treatment area and how much fat was removed during the procedure. Generally speaking, most patients can return home within a few hours after their procedure and can resume normal activities within 1-2 weeks following surgery. Patients should follow all instructions given by their doctor regarding post-operative care in order to ensure proper healing and recovery after their procedure.

Who is a Good Candidate for Power-Assisted Liposuction?

power-assisted liposuction is best suited for individuals who are close to their ideal body weight but have stubborn pockets of fat that cannot be eliminated through diet or exercise alone. Good candidates for PAL should also be in good overall health and not smoke cigarettes or use other nicotine products as these can interfere with healing after surgery. Additionally, individuals considering PAL should make sure that they understand all of the risks associated with this procedure prior to undergoing treatment so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for them.

How Much Does Power-Assisted Liposuction Cost?

The cost of power-assisted liposuction will vary depending on several factors such as the size of the treatment area and how much fat needs to be removed during surgery. Generally speaking, most patients can expect to pay anywhere between $2,000 – $7,000 for PAL depending on these factors as well as where they live and which surgeon they choose for their procedure. It is important for patients considering PAL to research different surgeons in order to find one who has experience performing this type of surgery in order to get an accurate estimate of what their particular procedure will cost them before committing to anything financially.

Are There Any Side Effects Associated with Power-Assisted Liposuction?

As with any surgical procedure there are potential side effects associated with power-assisted liposuction including infection, bleeding, scarring, nerve damage, asymmetry in results (unevenness), numbness/tingling sensation in treated areas (which may last several months), fluid accumulation (seroma), skin discoloration/irregularities/dimpling at incision site(s), prolonged pain/swelling/bruising at incision site(s). Most side effects if experienced are usually mild and resolve themselves over time without requiring additional medical attention; however it is important that patients speak with their doctor if they experience any concerning symptoms following their procedure so that appropriate medical attention can be sought if needed.

Device Used
Risk of Side Effects
Recovery Time
Cost Range
Traditional Liposuction
Manual Cannula
Similar to PAL
1-2 weeks
$2,000 – $7,000
Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL)
Automated Device with Vibrating Tip
Less Trauma to Tissue Surrounding Treatment Area
Few Hours After Procedure; 1-2 Weeks Normal Activities
$2,000 – $7,000


Power-assisted liposuction is a safe and effective way to remove unwanted fat from the body. It is less invasive than traditional liposuction, and can be completed in less time with fewer risks. The cost of power-assisted liposuction varies depending on the amount of fat being removed and the area of the body being treated. Side effects may include temporary bruising, swelling, and numbness in the treated area.

At infini cosmetic associates, we specialize in power-assisted liposuction for our patients in Scottsdale, Arizona. Our experienced team of board-certified plastic surgeons provides the safest and most contemporary cosmetic procedures available. If you’re interested in learning more about power-assisted liposuction, contact us today to set up a free consultation with one of our experts!