Laser Liposuction Overview

Laser liposuction, or laser lipo, is a plastic surgery procedure that uses lasers to treat areas with excess fat and contour the body. Laser lipo is also called laser-guided liposuction, Smart Lipo, or laser-assisted lipolysis.

How laser liposuction works

A laser lipo procedure follows one of two methods, depending on the body area being treated: 

Method 1:

  1. The laser is used in the deep fat to break up the fat cell walls, which allows the fatty oils to leak out and disrupts the cells for subsequent removal. This deep layer also contains small blood vessels that the laser coagulates, leading to less bruising post operatively.
  2. The laser is then used in the superficial layer just under the skin to heat the skin cells to stimulate collagen and elastin production, which enhances skin quality post-treatment.
  3. The final step is the removal of cell fragments and fatty oils, which helps create the final reduction for body contouring.

Method 2:

This technique uses the first two steps above and skips No. 3, the fat cell and oil removal, as that is left to be naturally absorbed and eliminated by the body. This technique is used for areas with thin fat layers, including the face, neck, or where skin tightening alone is needed.

Who is a good laser lipo candidate?

When considering laser lipo, the best candidates typically have one or more of the following conditions:

  • Excess fat in mild to moderate amounts.
  • Mild to moderate skin laxity.

From the age of 35, a person starts to lose collagen and elastin in skin. As a result, excessive skin laxity may not be conducive to liposuction alone. However, there are some skin conditions, including cellulite, dimpling, and scarring from previous surgeries, that may be improved with laser liposuction.

Laser lipo is approved to treat the following areas: Abdomen, thighs, knees, arms, neck, face, male breasts, and back rolls. As always, please find a doctor near you to discuss your best options. 

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