Laser Assisted Liposuction
Laser assisted liposuction helps to melt fatty tissue for easier removal. This results in a less aggressive, quicker procedure which may lead to a shorter recovery time. This technique has the advantage of simultaneously offering better skin retraction for patients with mild elasticity issues along with fat reduction.
Laser Assisted Liposuction
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About the Procedure
Skin retraction after a liposuction procedure was previously unpredictable, and was assumed that only younger patients with good skin quality would achieve any tightening of the overlying tissue. With laser assisted liposuction, a mild degree of skin tightening can be achieved during the procedure for most all patients. Laser assisted liposuction, better known as the brand names Smartlipo and CoolLipo, not only assists with skin elasticity improvement, but a better liposuction experience. The laser element helps to melt adipose tissue for easier removal, resulting in a less aggressive and quicker procedure, much like ultrasound and RF assisted liposuction techniques. Laser assisted liposuction can be performed on the neck to reduce a double chin, on the arms, stomach, legs, thighs, and anywhere else on the body with unwanted fat. When liposuction is performed all over the body it may be referred to as 360 lipo. The procedure will begin by cleansing and marking the treatment area. The patient will lay down on the operating table and the incision site will be numbed. A small cut will be made so a cannula can be inserted. A tumescent fluid will be administered to the treatment area to anesthetize the patient as well as constrict the blood vessels to prevent excessive bleeding. The tumescent fluid also causes tissue swelling for easier access to the fatty deposits. Next, depending on the device used, laser energy will be delivered to the treatment area via a separate probe before suction occurs or at the tip of the aspirating cannula. Laser energy precisely melts fat and encourages collagen production postoperatively, which will result in skin tightening. The liquefied fat will be removed via a cannula in a back and forth motion. Once complete, the cannula will be removed and a compression garment applied to encourage excess fluid drainage and help prevent swelling. Most patients are able to return to normal activities within a few days of the procedure and should expect final results within 3-6 months.
The goal of laser assisted liposuction is to remove unwanted body fat and slightly tighten the skin to improve body contours.
What to Expect
Laser assisted liposuction helps to melt fatty tissue for easier removal resulting in a less aggressive, quicker procedure. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a laser assisted liposuction procedure.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 week
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after
- Stop all diet medicine, ephedrines, asthma, or thyroid medicine 2 days prior
- No caffeine after midnight day of procedure
- Incision made near treatment area
- Treatment area infiltrated with tumescent fluid
- Probe inserted which emits laser energy to break down fat
- Laser energy may be delivered at the tip of aspirating cannula instead
- Cannula inserted to suction away emulsified fat
- Compression garment applied
Initially, swelling can last up to 4-6 weeks and possibly longer depending on the extent of the procedure. Full effects from laser assister liposuction can be expected within 3-6 months.
The ideal candidate for laser assisted liposuction has stubborn fat deposits with moderate skin laxity but not loose, hanging skin.
Not Recommended For
Laser assisted liposuction is not recommended for patients who have an unstable weight.
Side effects from laser assisted liposuction may include a temporary increase in temperature, redness, swelling, discomfort, bruising, muscle soreness, and an itching sensation.