Laser liposuction, which is commonly referred to as laser Lipo, is a cosmetic procedure that is designed to remove excess fat, helping to firm and smooth the skin. The process is done using the laser that emits transcutaneous light. This light penetrates the skin and destroys the underlying fat, resulting in a smoother, firmer appearance.
How Does Laser Liposuction Differ From Traditional Liposuction?
Laser lipo is far less invasive than traditional liposuction. With a standard liposuction procedure, a thin tube known as a cannula is physically inserted into the skin. This can cause a lot of trauma to the surrounding tissue.
Laser lipo, on the other hand, causes much less bruising and bleeding. It also is far easier to recover from since it causes so much less damage to the body. The surrounding tissue doesn’t become nearly as inflamed, making it much less painful during the recovery process.
Interestingly, laser lipolysis causes the skin to contract immediately. This makes it perfect for use in areas where traditional liposuction is not nearly as effective.
Professionals also use laser lipo machines on areas that are commonly treated with traditional liposuction including the stomach, sides, buttocks, and other areas of the body. Most patients who undergo the procedure are extremely satisfied with the results. Doctors who offer the procedure also find that it works extremely well for their patients.
Will Laser Lipo Work On Stretch-Marked Skin?
Laser lipolysis is perfect for correcting volume-related problems in skin that has been stretched too far. For instance, patients often have this type of skin on their inner thighs or on their abdominal area after pregnancy. Many doctors are also optimistic about the use of this procedure in patients who are older. With age, the skin becomes thinner and more flaccid. The tightening of the skin that occurs with this treatment can help counteract this effect.
What Type Of Medication Is Used During The Procedure?
In most cases, patients are not sedated for laser lipo procedures. Instead, the doctor relies on a local anesthetic. Of course, that may vary, depending on the area that is being treated and the preferences of the doctor. Typically, people are feeling good enough to get back to their regular lives within about 24 hours of the procedure. They may still have soreness and stiffness for an additional few days, however. In many cases, patients are asked to wear a compression garment for up to a week after treatment.
How Does The Laser Lipo Process Work?
Doctors perform laser lipolysis using a fiber-optic cable that is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The light from the laser penetrates the skin, destroying fatty tissue in the process. At the same time, it causes the skin to contract, helping it tighten around the new contours of the body.
The treatment is particularly effective when used on smaller parts of the body such as the underarms, the inner thighs, the jowls, or the abdominal region. The tightening of the skin is particularly important in these regions since it can dramatically affect the final outcome. The procedure is also sometimes used as a retouching tool to help tighten skin from previous liposuction procedures. Some doctors also use it in conjunction with traditional liposuction.
The laser sculpture, which is the tool that is used to perform laser liposuction, relies on photothermal energy to destroy fat in the body. The heat from the laser simultaneously encourages neocolagengenesis (the production of collagen).
Here are some of the primary advantages of laser lipo when compared to traditional liposuction:
* Patients are less likely to experience problems with loose, flaccid skin since the laser encourages the skin to contract.
* The tissue surrounding the fatty deposits experiences far less damage with laser liposuction than it does with traditional liposuction.
* The risk of bleeding or hematomas is reduced thanks to the coagulative effect produced by the laser.
* The recovery process takes a lot less time than with classic liposuction.
* The incision is incredibly small, measuring approximately a millimeter.
* Typically, laser liposuction can be done using local anesthesia.
* Because it is relatively mild and less invasive than traditional liposuction, laser lipo can be used on any part of the body.
* It can be used to improve the results from previous liposuction treatments.
* Doctors can combine both traditional liposuction and laser lipo to remove large amounts of fat while simultaneously tightening the skin.<