Laser Liposuction

Last Updated: December 27, 2012

For individuals that are interested in obtaining liposuction as a way to remove excess fat deposits from their bodies, you may be interested in undergoing a treatment known as laser liposuction. Laser technology has gripped the imaginations of generations of Americans and seem to symbol a far off future. However, lasers have been incorporated in medical procedures for decades and have drastically improved the safety and efficiency of many surgical techniques, whether it is dental or reconstructive, or even cosmetic surgery.

Traditional vs Laser Liposuction

Liposuction is one of the most commonly sought after surgical procedures by people all over the world, mostly women. It provides a faster and more convenient means of achieving those curves and the attractive shape you've always wanted for your body.

However, traditional liposuction procedures often had some notable issues and a huge room for improvement. Traditional liposuction techniques were invasive and often caused scarring on the operated area. It was also a bit discomforting during and after the procedures. Fortunately, the technology today has enabled medical practitioners to come up with a newer and better treatment option known as laser liposuction.

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Medically, lasers produce a powerful beam of light that is tuned to a specific frequency that can range from intense heat to cool vaporization. Used at close range during surgical procedures, lasers assist the surgical process when it is used to quickly and efficient remove tissue.

What is Laser Assisted Liposuction?

Laser liposuction or laser-assisted liposuction refers to the use of lasers in traditional liposuction procedures. The benefit of incorporating laser technology in standard liposuction surgical techniques is that it increases the safety standards of the procedure and decreases the amount of recovery time that the patient needs following the liposuction surgery. Similar to the use of ultrasound technology in ultrasonic liposuction, laser liposuction represents the future for liposuction surgery.

What are the Benefits of Laser Liposuction?

Unlike the conventional liposuction techniques, laser procedures are able to efficiently shape up your body in a considerably gentle approach without leaving any scars or marks behind the skin. This reduction in scarring is due to the smaller cannula that is utilized during the procedure, which enables for the dissolved fat to be extracted. With these features, laser liposuction has rapidly increased in popularity and is continuing to increase as we speak.

When used in liposuction, lasers reduce the invasiveness of the entire procedure. Traditional liposuction utilizes a cannula (suction probe) to break up the fat deposits that are to be extracted from the patient's body. However, laser liposuction utilizes laser technology to liquefy the fat deposits that are to be extracted from the patient's body. This is because lasers have the ability to be adjusted to the exact frequency needed to deliver its energy through the initial layers of the patient's skin to reach the fat deposits that are being targeted by the plastic surgeon.

Nature of lasers

Laser is an acronym for; Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, and is a medical instrument that is increasingly being incorporated in standard surgical procedures. Medically, lasers produce a powerful beam of light that is tuned to a specific frequency that can range from intense heat to cool vaporization. Used at close range during surgical procedures, lasers assist the surgical process when it is used to quickly and efficient remove tissue.

An additional benefit that laser-assisted liposuction has over other liposuction techniques is that lasers can be used to tighten the patient's skin following the liposuction procedure. This will appeal to liposuction patients that have loose and inelastic skin. Often these patients find that their skin condition reacts poorly to the changes produced by traditional liposuction procedures.

What is SmartLipo aka Smart Liposuction?

One of the types of laser liposuction is SmartLipo or Smart Liposuction. This method utilizes concentrated lasers to diffuse the fatty tissues which are found directly on top of the epidermis. SmartLipo doesn't necessitate the medical practitioner to make any incisions on the skin of the patient thus leading to reduced marks and scars. Smart Lipo also stimulates production of collagen so that the skin can efficiently constrict to cover the lost fat.

What is CoolLipo?

For patient cases that require suctioning of fats in smaller areas, CoolLipo is the preferred technique by most surgeons. CoolLipo is another type of laser liposuction that is used for treatment of tight areas, such as the neck, chin and jowls.

What is LipoLite?

This particular type of laser liposuction enables the medical practitioner to have optimal control and maneuverability over the laser. This results for the most management when the surgeon is shaping the body. The technique of Lipolite is commonly used in suctioning major body parts, such as the abdomen, buttocks, arms, thighs, neck, chest and chin. Compared with other laser liposuction techniques, it is a less invasive technique.

What is ProLipo Plus?

ProLipo Plus utilizes an extremely potent laser device to efficiently shape the body in accordance with the patient's individual preferences. ProLipo Plus is a strategy that is commonly utilized when working with patient cases that require suctioning of fats in the arms, chest, thighs, abdomen, back, buttocks, and hip areas. In some occasions, it can also be utilized in the chin, neck and jowls.

What is LipoControl?

This laser liposuction technique utilizes electronic mapping that a medical practitioner can look throughout the entire procedure in order to guide them in doing the best contouring and suctioning possible. Moreover, LipoControl utilizes the electronic mapping to make the procedure a lot safer for the patient. The technique is most commonly used in the patient's ankles, arms, knees, thighs, back and hips.

What is LipoTherme?

LipoTherme is a type of laser liposuction that is used for suctioning fats in the ankles, arms, abdomen, back and hips. The procedure is well known for its benefits of safely constricting the skin that leads to a smooth and well shaped appearance.

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When compared to the use of micro-cannulas or even ultrasonic waves that are used in other liposuction methods, laser-assisted liposuction is easily the least invasive liposuction procedure.

Risk vs Reward

Some patients with loose and inelastic skin find that their skin do not adjust to the reduction of fat deposits from their body and this results in unsightly droops following the liposuction procedure. To rectify this, these patients often find that they require skin lifts, which often result in scars that make the liposuction treatment that they initially received counterproductive.

However, through the use of a carbon dioxide laser, patients with loose and inelastic skin will find that this laser technology can reconstruct the layers immediately beneath the patient's skin by pulling the surrounding skin inwards. This eliminates the possibility of skin drooping following a laser liposuction surgery.

Laser-Assisted Liposuction - Less Invasive

When compared to the use of micro-cannulas and even ultrasonic waves that are used in other liposuction methods to break up the fat deposits that are to be removed from the patient's body, laser-assisted liposuction is easily the least invasive liposuction procedure. As it is less invasive, laser liposuction also produces the least risk of tissue damage.

Although laser liposuction has numerous advantages, it should be emphasized that it is a relatively new procedure within the field of liposuction. As a result, laser-assisted liposuction remains in a somewhat experimental stage. Although plastic surgeons have found that lasers do not present the possibility of skin burning that ultrasonic waves does, it has still not been determined what the long-term effects of laser exposure in liposuction treatments are.

For more information about laser liposuction, it is recommended that you consult a board certified plastic surgeon that has extensive experience performing laser-assisted liposuction!

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