Laser liposuction, like traditional liposuction isn’t a weight control method or a fix for obesity. It is used to help contour your body in those areas that are not responsive to diet and exercise such as saddlebags or a paunchy stomach. Also like traditional liposuction, laser-assisted liposuction is most often used to reduce fullness in your:
- Upper arms
What Happens During Laser Assisted Liposuction?
Traditional liposuction, one of the most popular forms of cosmetic surgery in the U.S. – typically starts with the administration of some form of anesthesia including local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia accompanied with the infusion of a saline solution into the area of the body where liposuction will be performed. The solution contains medication to minimize pain and bleeding. Then, a small hollow tube attached to a vacuum is inserted through a small incision into the fat layer beneath the skin. It’s moved around to break up the fat, which is then sucked out of the body.
Laser assisted liposuction takes advantage of the power and technology associated with medical laser beams to liquefy the fat which is then sucked out of the area. Laser liposuction focuses low-energy waves delivered by a thin laser fiber that’s inserted through small incisions. The laser energy is focused on the part of the body where you’d like to have a fatty pocket removed. After the fat is melted, a small cannula is used to suck out the liquefied fat.
Medical devices are used for a variety of medical procedures, but only certain devices are FDA approved or cleared for liposuction. Before considering laser liposuction, it is important to determine that the device being used is cleared by the FDA.
Special Considerations, Risks and Recovery
The most common potential complications of laser liposuction include:
- Minimal bleeding
- Skin burns
Managing your discomfort: You’ll probably be sore and a little swollen for a few days following laser liposuction. Your doctor will provide painkillers to keep you comfortable. Your doctor may advise you to wear a special compression garment to speed healing. Everyone’s recovery is slightly different, but most people are able to return to work within a few days.
In the long term
As you recover you’ll notice that your skin may begin to tighten as the new layers of skin form. This firming may continue for up to six months after your procedure.
These techniques remove fat cells that are not recreated. If you should gain weight, it’s likely that fatty deposits will not expand in the areas where the procedure was performed.