Laser Assisted Liposuction
Laser liposuction removes excess pockets of fat from a variety of areas on the body. Prior to removal, the fatty tissue is “melted” with a specially designed laser, to allow easier removal and better tightening of the skin after liposuction.
Who can benefit from laser liposuction?
If you have pockets of fat resistant to exercise and diet, but you have a stable body weight that is within 30 percent of your ideal weight, laser-assisted liposuction is an option you can discuss with your doctor. Good candidates for laser liposuction have good skin tone. To achieve ideal results, significant weight loss should be accomplished before this procedure is done. The benefit of laser liposuction lies in the surgeon’s ability to refine and slim down small, resistant problem areas of fat. Individuals who require removal of a significant amount of excess fat will generally be advised to undergo traditional liposuction under general anesthesia.
Areas of the body treated with laser liposuction
Laser liposuction removes excess fat from the abdomen, thighs, upper arms, buttocks, hips, and the back. The lower legs and sides of the knees are sometimes treated as well. Men generally choose this procedure to remove unwanted fat from the flanks (“love handles”) or chest. In some cases, liposuction is also used to reduce fat in the face and neck.
What is the procedure like?
Medications are administered for your comfort during laser liposuction. Options include intravenous sedation and general anesthesia. Doctor Rubinstein will recommend the best choice for you. Laser liposuction is performed through small, inconspicuous incisions. First, sterile liquid solution is infused to reduce bleeding and trauma. Then a thin hollow tube called a cannula, is inserted through these incisions to loosen excess fat using a controlled back and forth motion. The cannula is equipped with a special laser that helps loosen fat before removal. The dislodged fat is then suctioned out of the body using a surgical vacuum or syringe attached to the cannula.
What can I expect after laser liposuction?
Laser-assisted liposuction is usually performed on localized areas to remove small amounts of fat, with small incisions, so recovery time is often shorter than traditional liposuction methods. You should be back to your normal routine within 3-5 days and fully recovered within 3 weeks. Some minor bruising, swelling and numbness may occur during this time, which is normal. We can monitor your results and recovery during post-procedure checkups.
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