How does laser liposuction differ from traditional liposuction? Is one better than the other?

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Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS

Published on Mar 02, 2016

Dear reader,

Thank you for your question. Here at Shumway Cosmetic Surgery Center, we offer laser-assisted liposuction. This is a laser-assisted modality that offers skin tightening properties as well as fat reduction through traditional liposuction.

There are areas on the body where the skin is thinner, such as the inner thighs, upper arms, and lower abdomen, and these areas do well with this extra skin tight technique.

Areas/skin on the back, in some cases, is much thicker where you can use just traditional liposuction.

How the laser-assisted liposuction works is after the traditional liposuction takes place, the handheld laser piece is then inserted through the same puncture site and passed under the skin. This is where the skin tightening takes place. It can take three to six months to see these results, as the laser is re-stimulating elasticity and collagen and this can take several months to achieve.

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Answered by Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS

Dear reader,

Thank you for your question. Here at Shumway Cosmetic Surgery Center, we offer laser-assisted liposuction. This is a laser-assisted modality that offers skin tightening properties as well as fat reduction through traditional liposuction.

There are areas on the body where the skin is thinner, such as the inner thighs, upper arms, and lower abdomen, and these areas do well with this extra skin tight technique.

Areas/skin on the back, in some cases, is much thicker where you can use just traditional liposuction.

How the laser-assisted liposuction works is after the traditional liposuction takes place, the handheld laser piece is then inserted through the same puncture site and passed under the skin. This is where the skin tightening takes place. It can take three to six months to see these results, as the laser is re-stimulating elasticity and collagen and this can take several months to achieve.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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