Does Laser Lipolysis Cause Less Bumps?

Does laser lipolysis have cause less bumps afterwards as compared to regular liposuction?

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Post-Treatment Bumps

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Bumps after laser lipolysis and liposuction are largely dependent on the expertise and technique of your surgeon. To best guarantee that your laser lipolysis treatment does not leave unsightly bumps, I would suggest to do thorough research on your surgeon. It is essential that you not only choose a board certified plastic surgeon, but your doctor should also be able to provide real-life examples of work done on previous patients. The best way to evaluate whether or not your surgeon knows what he/she is doing (and whether or not bumps will likely form after either laser lipolysis or liposuction) is to look at the results that past patients have achieved.

New York Dermatologic Surgeon


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Thank you for your question!

If the liposuction is performed properly- no matter the technique, the incidence of irregularities ( not priorly present ) or lumps is uncommon. There is no published data on the benefits of any technique over traditional tumscent liposuction.

With Warm Regards,

Trevor M Born MD

Trevor M. Born, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Sometimes liposuction and laser lipolysis are performed together

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There are no studies to suggest this. To some degree the techniques for laser lipolysis vary. Laser destroys fat cells but does not remove them. Some people perform the laser and leave the dead fat behind to be cleaned up by the body while others use liposuction to remove the "liquefied fat".

Otto Joseph Placik, MD
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Lumps after liposuctin

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Whether it's laser lipolysis or regular liposuction, the incidence of lumps afterward are mostly dependant on the person perfoming the technique. Make sure you're comfortable with the plastic surgeon doing your procedure, and check out some before and after pictures before having anything done. Be careful before you sign on to anything if you're not 100% comfortable and if you see some warning signs, such as no before and after photos, no patient contacts, and questionable aftercare.

It's the Doctor not the lipo technique.

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If any of the different lipo techniques are used if done correctly bumps should not be palpable after three or four months.The main advantage as far as laser lipo is that there may be some skin shrinkage . 

Walter D. Gracia, MD
Fort Worth Plastic Surgeon
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The surgeon is more important

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 There are many option for  liposuction including laser lipo, water jet lipo, ultrasonic lipo and conventional liposuction . All of these technique are effective and safe if done right. Please do you homework and find the right surgeon.

Kamran Khoobehi, MD
New Orleans Plastic Surgeon
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Laser liposuction and lumps

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 Lumps after surgery can happen with any liposuction technique.  This is usually do to poor technique.  To fix this problem you probably will need a revision.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Less likelihood of lumps after laser liposuction?

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Lumps under the surface of the skin can occur after any type of liposuction. In my experience, with over 3000 liposuction procedures including traditional liposuction, ultra-sonic liposuction and more recently with laser assisted liosuction such as Slimlipo, lumps after surgery occur for various reasons. There may be temporary small collections of fluid such as small hematomas or seromas that will resolve in time. Problems with technique can result in lumps especially if the liposuction is done too superficially with larger cannulas.Overly aggressive liposuction can result in sub-cutaneous scarring and lumpiness. Sometimes the lumpiness is the result of the condition of the skin prior to the procedure that is aggravated by too much fat removal. This happens often when there is skin laxity prior to the procedure and "cellulite".

Traditional liposuction does not substantially tighten the skin and may result in lumpiness, whereas laser assisted liposuction results in skin tightening. In my opinion there is less likelihood of lumpiness after laser assited liposuction for the following reasons:

1. Coagualtion of blood vessels with less liklihood of hematoma and seroma

2. Laser liposuction is performed in the deeper planes and is less likely to result in skin depressions

3. Laser assisted liposuction results in skin tightening and less lumpiness

Joel B. Singer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon

Lumps are due to technique

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Laser lipolysis does have many advantages if done in the right patients.  However, lumps after any form of liposuciton are more due to the technique than the type of liposuction. 

Laser lipolysis has no advantages.

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1) Bumps after liposuction are caused by poor technique, and can happen with any kind of liposuction. It's the surgeon who determines the outcome, with a good eye and meticulous attention to contour.

2) In New York, I don't know any experienced plastic surgeons who use laser liposuction. It has no benefts.

George J. Beraka, MD (retired)
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon

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