Differences Between Types of Lipo?

What are the differences between Laser assisted lipo and the other kinds?

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Types of liposuction

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There are a number of different types of liposuction.  Theoretically, laser assisted can tighten the skin....but this is somewhat yet to be definitively proven.  A good candidate for contouring of an area with liposuction will benefit from any of the available modalities.  Technique and surgeon experience are very important.

Palm Beach Gardens Plastic Surgeon
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Laser lipo adds risk with minimal benefit

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There is so much confusion out there about the different types of liposuction, much of it due to exaggerated claims and marketing hype. Possible benefits of laser liposuction (such as smart lipo, smooth lipo, slim lipo) include better skin tightening and possibly less bruising. However the degree of skin tightening is minimal and probably not enough to be noticeable, and there is minimal bruising with "regular" lipo anyway. The use of the laser increases the risk of burns and scarring so by definition it is more invasive and not as safe. Any type of lipo can be done under local (tumescent) anesthesia so that has nothing to do with the laser.

Richard Baxter, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Many liposuction technologies exist but the surgical skill remains of parmount importance

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Laser assisted liposuction technologies can offer a few advantages in very selected situations. Various modalities such as water assisted, ultrasound assisted, power assisted and laser assisted devices exist. All are attempts to improve the outcomes for patient and in some cases improve the delivery of the procedure for the surgeon. The most important variable is the surgical expertise and specifically the expertise in liposuction.

SmartLiposuction is a "brand" that unfortunately is being used by underqualified and inexperienced doctors around the world. The premise is that laser energy can be used to break up the fat and then stimulate improved skin contraction compared to other technologies. There is good science to support these claims but the degree of improvement over other approaches is not consistent.

I have used SmartLipo using the most advanced TriPlex platform for the past 3 years and feel that patients are consistently experiencing slightly better and faster recoveries as well as improved final results compared to patients I treat with ultrasound and power assisted modalities alone. An individualized approach should be offered only after a consultation with an experienced Plastic Surgeon. Feel free to call the office to learn more.

Dr. Mosher

Mathew C. Mosher, MD
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon
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Differences Between Types of Lipo?

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In general you will find that the results of the liposuction come from the skill of the hands on the end of the instrument, not the instrument itself. We are seeing a new problem around the country where untrained doctors such as ER, Gynecology, Anesthesiology and Family Practice doctors start doing liposuction because it looks so easy and is a cash payment procedure. They procure some type of device, such as the laser lipo, that they can then advertise as "New and Better". Some even attach their own special name to the procedure to make it stand out. Don't become a victim to advertising. Find a good board certified plastic surgeon with lots of experience and youj will have nice results no matter what type of liposuction he uses.

Ronald V. DeMars, MD
Portland Plastic Surgeon
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