Laser Liposuction is the latest method for removing fat utilizing laser technology. The technique involves the use of a laser to rapidly dissolve the fat and tighten the surrounding skin almost anywhere in the body. The procedure is done in an office setting and does not require the use of a general anesthetic.
Who is a candidate for Laser Liposuction?
Laser Liposuction is for people who are in good health, not overweight, have an active lifestyle and have pocket(s) of fat that they just haven’t been able to get rid of with normal diet and exercise.
Which area is Laser Liposuction useful for?
Laser Liposuction has been designed to treat localized pockets of fat in the following areas:
- chin (double or hanging chin)
- inner and outer thighs
- upper arms
- face (not around eyes)
- male with breasts
- back of neck
- pubic mound
How much fat can be removed each time with Laser Liposuction?
The procedure is excellent for removal of localized fat and as much as 3500mls of fat can be melted away at a single session.
Who is not a candidate for Laser Liposuction?
If you have any of the following conditions, you are not a good candidate for Laser Liposuction:
- liver problems
- blood disorders
- kidney problems
- heart problems
- skin disorders
Is the fat removal permanent?
The fat removal is semi-permanent. If you gain weight, the fat will come back in areas treated and not treated with the laser. Despite what the manufacturers and the doctors claim, there is no treatment which can permanently remove all the fat cells. The best way to permanent fat removal is to continue exercise and watch your diet.
How is the procedure done?
The procedure is done in an office or clinic. Prior to the procedure, the fatty areas are marked and a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. The laser is a pen held device which is fired close to the skin. As soon as the laser is fired, the fat cells break up. The fluid release from the fat cells is drained away by the body's natural system (lymphatics). The laser also causes small blood vessels to coagulate (gel) immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding and swelling. The laser also affects the collagen in the skin which later causes the skin to tighten and shrink. Each session takes 30-45 mins.
What is the recovery like?
You may experience minimal bruising, but the procedure itself is basically pain free. A pressure dressing or a compression is garment depending on the location of the treated area. The compression dressing or garment helps to decrease the swelling. The bruising disappears in 2-3 days and most people are able to resume their normal activities within 24 hours. The mild ache can be relieved with over the counter pain medications.
When can I expect to see results?
Soon after the laser liposuction procedure, the treated area will appear tighter, compact and smaller. Within the next 6-8 weeks, the skin and surrounding area will remodel and adjust to the body contour. The remodeling is a gradual process and the best results are seen after two months.
How many sessions can one have?
This will depend on the number of areas that you want you treated, but in most cases it’s usually 2-3.
When can I return to work after Laser Liposuction?
In most cases you should be able to return to work within 24 hours.
Can Laser Liposuction be used with liposuction?
Yes, Laser Liposuction is most effective in treating small and hard to get areas of fat. After conventional liposuction has been performed, if a small amount of contouring is required, Laser Liposuction is an excellent enhancement.
What are the advantages of Laser Liposuction over other procedures?
- Laser Liposuction offers minimal discomfort during the procedure
- There is minimal pain which only lasts 24-48 hrs
- Majority of individuals can return to work in 24 hrs
- There is minimal bleeding or bruising
- There is no loosening or hanging skin after the procedure
- There are no side effects of general anesthesia
- There are no incisions or suturing involved
Is Laser Liposuction approved for use in USA?
Yes, Laser Liposuction has been approved for use in the USA by the FDA since 2006.
Is Laser Liposuction covered by insurance companies?
No, laser liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure and it is not covered by insurance companies.
Laser Liposuction Cost
Laser Liposuction cost is $2000-$6000. You should discuss the costs with your cosmetic surgeon before your procedure so that you are fully aware of all of the charges.
Before and Afters
Image Provided by Dr. John Tang of Rejuve
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Dermanetwork.org Staff
Updated: July 26, 2010