When it comes to body contouring and fat removal, you’ve got options. Two big names on the scene are Tickle Lipo and Sono Bello. Both can help you achieve that sleek, contoured look, but if you’re interested in a procedure that’s gentler with a quicker recovery, Tickle Lipo has the edge.
So, are you ready to make an informed choice that aligns with your body goals and lifestyle? Let’s dig in to explore the ins and outs of these two liposuction options.
The Techy Stuff: How They Work
Tickle Lipo (AirSculpt)
Imagine a method so gentle it feels like an internal massage. That’s Tickle Lipo for you. Formerly called AirSculpt, this procedure uses a specialized cannula that dances around — vibrating and rotating — to break up those stubborn fat cells. It’s like a little waltz happening under your skin, making fat removal a breeze. This liposuction method is known for being less invasive and causing minimal discomfort.
Sono Bello liposuction, on the other hand, employs laser-assisted technology. The laser heats and liquefies the fat cells before they are suctioned out. Think of it as melting away the fat but with more intensity. This method can be more invasive and may require a more extended recovery period.
FDA Approval: Safety and Efficacy
Tickle Lipo has received FDA approval for fat removal and body sculpting, which means it has undergone rigorous testing to demonstrate its safety and effectiveness. The technology has been scrutinized and approved by the FDA, giving you an extra layer of confidence when opting for this procedure.
Sono Bello also utilizes FDA-approved technology. This approval serves as a testament to the procedure’s credibility and reliability in the field of aesthetic medicine.
The Bottom Line on Trustworthiness
Both Tickle Lipo and Sono Bello use FDA-approved technologies, which means they have met the stringent requirements set by the agency for safety and effectiveness. However, FDA approval is just one factor to consider. Other aspects like recovery time, comfort during the procedure and the expertise of your plastic surgeon also play significant roles in your overall experience, safety and results.
The Comfort Zone: Anesthesia and Your Experience
For Tickle Lipo, local anesthesia is used, meaning you’ll be awake but won’t feel a thing in the treated area. In addition, the vibrating cannula serves to distract nerve endings, further minimizing potential discomfort for an overall more pleasant experience.
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we’re all about making you feel at ease while avoiding general anesthesia and its risks and side effects. To keep you even more comfortable and relaxed during Tickle Lipo, you may be given lorazepam, a medication known for its calming effects on the nervous system. An alternative to lorazepam is Nitox (nitrous oxide or “laughing gas”), an inhaled sedative that offers a sense of relaxation without putting you to sleep.
Sono Bello typically uses local anesthesia as well, but the procedure can be more uncomfortable due to the heat generated by the laser energy.
The Aftermath: Recovery and Downtime
Recovery from Tickle Lipo is considered very quick, often just a matter of days. You probably have a million things to do at any given time, so Tickle Lipo offers a convenient option to get you back to your busy life as soon as possible.
With Sono Bello, you might need to clear your calendar for a week or more before you can return to your usual routine. It’s more of a commitment in terms of downtime.
The Wow Factor: Your Lipo Results Timeline
With Tickle Lipo, many patients report seeing immediate changes right after the procedure, thanks to the minimally invasive technique that results in less swelling and bruising. As the minor swelling subsides, which usually takes a few weeks, the results become more and more visible. The full slimming effect typically becomes apparent within one to three months.
Sono Bello results may take a bit longer to manifest. Due to the more invasive nature of the laser technology, patients often experience more swelling and bruising, which can obscure the final outcome for a longer period. It’s generally advised to wait at least three to six months to fully appreciate the new contours Sono Bello has created.
The Dynamic Duo: Get Slimmer and Firmer With a BodyTite + Tickle Lipo Combo
While both Tickle Lipo and Sono Bello excel in fat removal and body contouring, neither procedure is designed to tighten loose or sagging skin. For those who want the best of both worlds — slimmer contours and tighter skin — Dr. Smith offers a game-changing combo: BodyTite and Tickle Lipo in a single session.
The All-in-One Transformation
BodyTite is your go-to for addressing loose or sagging skin, a common concern that can arise from weight fluctuations, pregnancy, aging and more. Using advanced radiofrequency technology, BodyTite not only shrinks existing fat cells but also liquifies deeper fat deposits. This makes them easier to remove via liposuction.
Tickle Lipo’s Role
Tickle Lipo comes into play to efficiently remove these liquified fat cells, offering you a gentler and quicker recovery compared to traditional liposuction methods. The result? You walk away with not just a more contoured physique but also firmer, more youthful skin.
The Dr. Smith Difference: Your Unique Consultation
At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, we believe in giving you our best. Dr. Leslie Smith, our board-certified surgeon and soft tissue specialist, has over 24 years of surgical experience and specializes in Tickle Lipo. She’s been sculpting bodies with liposuction for over 13 years and offers a one-of-a-kind, complimentary consultation process that’s all about you.
Dr. Smith will sit down with you one-on-one to craft a weight loss plan and even discuss how diet and exercise before and after liposuction can affect your results. It’s a holistic approach that prepares your body for the procedure and helps maintain those stunning body sculpting results.
Sculpt Your Body With Minimal Downtime — Explore Tickle Lipo in Minneapolis
While both Tickle Lipo/AirSculpt and Sono Bello liposuction have their merits, Tickle Lipo takes the cake for its minimal discomfort and speedy recovery. Ready to take the next step? Schedule your complimentary consultation with Dr. Leslie Smith to discuss your options and get a plan tailored just for you.
Call 952-460-1970 or complete our convenient appointment request form now!