Laser liposuction uses a laser to liquefy fat deposits under the skin before they are extracted. The laser liquefies the fat and the fat cells. Before the laser is inserted, a local anesthetic is injected at the surgery site. Once the area is numbed, tiny incisions are made. The laser is inserted through these incisions to target the subcutaneous fat deposits. As the laser is moved back and forth, it ruptures the fat cells, causing the fat to liquefy. The fat and the fat cells are then extracted from the body. The laser is used to contour the body’s shape, eliminating bulky pockets of fat under the skin. Once the treated area heals, the skin will appear smoother and body will have an improved shape.
Recovery time is shorter than with conventional liposuction. It requires very small incisions and is minimally invasive. Less bruising and swelling occur. The use of a local anesthetic eliminates the risks associated with general anesthesia. After surgery, patients can resume normal activities much more quickly compared to conventional liposuction.
Laser liposuction is permanent. Both the fat and the fat cells are removed. If a person gains weight following surgery, his or her body will retain its shape because the fat cells have been removed from the specific areas where fat formerly accumulated.
Laser liposuction is a good choice for people with specific areas of stubborn fat, like around the abdomen, back and hips. It is a targeted fat loss procedure, not an overall weight loss procedure. You doctor will determine if you are a good candidate.