What is Laser Assisted Liposuction? Is It Worth the Money?
Laser-assisted liposuction unlike power assisted liposuction uses a laser fiber inserted through a cannula to break down fatty tissue. The procedure is carried out under a local anesthetic which is then injected into the area which is to be treated as part of the fluid used to break down and dissolve the fat. The anesthetic numbs the area and restricts the blood vessels reducing the level of blood loss caused by the treatment.
Once the site of the treatment has been anesthetized, the surgeon can make tiny incisions around the site to be treated. These incisions are under 3 millimeters in size because the cannula and laser fiber are extremely narrow. Once the incisions are made, the surgeon can direct the cannula to the fatty tissue which is required to be removed. Use of a laser enables the fat to be broken down and reduced to liquid form which can then be removed. Any liquefied fat which remains can then be absorbed by the body. Whilst patients will not experience any pain during the process, there may be a sensation of pulling due to the suction used. Patients will only ever undergo a period of treatment up to 3 hours, therefore if the treatment site is very large, treatment will be carried out over more than one session in order to enable patients to recover.
Categories of Laser Assisted Liposuction
There are a number of types of laser-assisted liposuction available and whilst the above procedure is common to all of them, there is a difference in the laser wave length employed. Some types of lipo in particular SmartLipo, use a wavelength which is longer to liquefy fat cells and close blood vessels. In contrast, SmartLipo utilizes a wavelength which is shorter and is considered to give a smoother finish and reduce any risk of burning. Another type of treatment known as CoolLipo is believed to remove fat and tighten the surrounding skin and uses the longest wavelength to do so. CoolLipo is considered to be most effective despite carrying bigger risk of burn damage.
Benefits of Laser Assisted Liposuction
Laser assisted liposuction is beneficial as it is minimally invasive requiring only very small incisions. This means that there is little or no scarring and the chances of infection are reduced.
Laser assisted liposuction is a very precise surgery as the laser fiber is fine and can be directed at the specific area that the surgeon wishes to target. This means that the surgeon can sculpt your body into a more natural and desirable shape. Due to its precision laser liposuction, can be used on delicate areas of the body including the face.
Laser liposuction is beneficial in not only removing the fat, but also tightening the skin giving you an overall more youthful appearance.
There are disadvantages to laser assisted liposuction despite its many advantages. Recovery times can often be prolonged and patients may experience pain and discomfort after treatment. It is likely that you will require prescription painkillers to assist in numbing pain over the 3 week recovery period.
Whilst there is less chance of skin discoloration, scars or bleeding, laser-assisted liposuction does come with other problems. There is the potential for the laser to cause burn damage to surrounding areas of treatment which can take a period of recovery to heal. It is important that you weigh up the advantages and disadvantages carefully in order for you to find the most appropriate treatment based on these facts.