Laser Liposuction has been around for many years and should have made traditional liposuction obsolete by now, however many physicians are still performing traditional liposuction for several reasons. It can be performed under general anesthesia, and there is no large investment involved as there is with a laser technology. When a patient is put under general anesthesia, the trauma that is caused during the procedure only becomes evident after we wake up. We consider liposuction to be surgery and we expect to have post-surgical consequences which include pain, bruising, swelling, and downtime for several weeks if not more. No pain, no gain right? Not necessarily.
Laser liposuction has many advantages over traditional liposuction.
With traditional liposuction, a cannula is forced under the skin to manually break up the tissue. This movement and force can cause trauma that is comparable to an impact that is felt by a severe car crash. However, the laser fiber that is used during the laser liposuction, replaces this technique and gently melts the fat without the abrupt force. Since we only create a tiny incision that is 1. 5mm in size there is minimal scarring. Although swelling and bruising and pain can occur it is minimized. We do not use drains or even stitches and patients are fully ambulatory after the procedure.
Laser liposuction is performed with a laser that uses a fiber that is as small as the stem of an ink pen. It is flexible in nature so it allows for more precise angles and movements to target the hard to reach areas such as the area surrounding the rib cage. As I’ve seen in many cases, clients who visit me after liposuction performed years prior, there is often a fat bulge that runs along the ribcage because it cannot be reached safely without the possibility of puncturing a lung. So physicians usually stear clear of that area to avoid the risks. With the small flexible laser fiber, we can safely reach those similar types of areas with only minimal risk involved.
Since we are able to locally anesthetize the patient without putting them under, the risks that are associated with general anesthesia are eliminated. There is minimal risk of blood clots compared to traditional liposuction since patient are up and about immediately after surgery. Also, the patients are able to drive home if narcotic prescription medications are not taken. In most cases, patients choose not to take any.
After traditional liposuction, the fat is removed and then what? Loose hanging skin is left? That is exactly what can happen. If you are a young individual then chances are you will have good skin retraction, but with laser liposuction we are able to use a specific wavelength once the fat is removed that is very effective for skin tightening. The skin tightening will continue to improve for up to six months after the procedure.
With manual disruption of fat cells, it is not possible to evenly break up the fat. Often times there are ripples that are left under the skin. By using a laser to melt the fat cells, we can keep treating the area until all the fat is evenly melted and dislodged, thereby achieving more even and precise results.
In order to assess whether or not a patient is a candidate, a complimentary consultation is recommended.
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