When thinking about plastic surgery, liposuction is one of the first procedures to come to mind, which makes sense when you see that liposuction is among the most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries, with well over 200,000 performed in the last year alone. And since becoming popular decades ago, liposuction hadn’t changed much—until lasers were developed for liposuction. Just like many other forms of technology, liposuction has been upgraded, and it seems as though this change has allowed for a whole new world of liposuction to open up.
What Is Laser Liposuction?
Although most surgeons still do standard suction-assisted lipectomy, innovative surgeons use new laser technology. Laser LifeSculpt liposuction works by inserting a thin medical device into the desired treatment area and using the wavelengths from the laser to liquefy the fat for less traumatic fat removal. While this is happening, a second laser wavelength is emitted to stimulate collagen and elastin fibers in the skin and fibrous bands that connect the skin to the fascia, which causes the skin to pull in toward the muscles (which occurs gradually throughout the month following the procedure).
How Does Laser Liposuction Differ From Traditional Liposuction?
Not only does LifeSculpt melt the fat before it is suctioned out, but the wavelengths emitted from the lasers cause the skin to tighten—something that traditional liposuction doesn’t provide. This laser can even improve stretch marks. In addition, laser-assisted liposuction has less bruising and swelling, which means a more comfortable and quicker recovery than traditional liposuction.
Who Are Candidates for Laser Liposuction?
Anyone who is a candidate for traditional liposuction will also be a candidate for laser liposuction; however, because of its skin tightening abilities, laser liposuction is ideal for older patients who may have lost some skin elasticity because it provides skin tightening. It is important patients remember that liposuction, whether laser assisted or traditional, is not a weight loss solution or an alternative to a healthy diet and exercise.