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Laser assisted liposuction is a European technology designed to reduce the pain, swelling and bruising often associated with conventional liposuction methods. Its been also approved by FDA in USA for lipo-aspiration and skin tightening.
What is Liposuction?
Liposuction is the removal of excess fat bulges from areas of the body using suction tubes that are inserted into the body through small incisions. A vacuum pump is then attached to the hoses to remove the fatty cells.
How Laser Liposuction Works?
Laser liposuction works by focusing a laser’s low-energy waves onto the part of the body where the work is required. The waves penetrate the skin and weaken the membrane of the cells that hold the fat. The fat contained in these cells literally oozes out of the cells’ perimeter.
Then a small incision in made and a tinny surgical instrument known as a cannula is inserted, which sucks the fat out of the area as in the conventional liposuction but without a major incision.
The low-level energy laser is then reset for optimal pain management relief. For the final procedure of laser liposuction the laser is then reset again for anti-inflammatory, anti-swelling. This dramatically reduces the postoperative discomfort. The following day the patient usually returns for a second follow up session of pain management.
Which areas can laser assisted liposuction be used?
The areas that laser liposuction are most commonly used on women are the abdomen, hips, thighs and knees. On men it is common on the abdomen, love handles, enlarged breast, arms, and neck. Laser liposuction can also be used to remove the sweat glands from armpit area to reduce sweating without any danger of interfering with the body process of cooling itself.
The Advantage Of Laser Liposuction Over Regular Liposuction
The advantages of laser assisted liposuction become clear when compared to the conventional tumescent and ultrasonic-assisted. These two methods usually require a large period of recovery time compared to the short recovery time associated with laser assisted liposuction. When compared to conventional methods of liposuction laser assisted liposuction has greatly reduced swelling and bruising.
Another advantage of laser-assisted liposuction is that most patients do not require any type of postoperative prescribed pain medication. Also, the time taken for safe laser liposuction is no longer than conventional liposuction and it is usually done under local anesthesia and sedative are the only medication that the patient will require for the duration of the procedure.
If the patient wishes, the fat that is taken from the designated areas can be used to fill in other areas of the patient’s body that are lacking fat. The most common of these areas are the lips. Most of the patients that have laser liposuction can usually return to normal activities in just a few days.