Laser-Assisted Liposuction

Beauty is very important for a lot of people and some associate beauty with being slim, that’s why slimming methods are so popular. Some try diets, exercise or even tea but liposuction is still one of the most frequent and effective ways to lose weight, it is a very popular cosmetic surgery.

How is Laser-assisted Lipo different from traditional Liposuction?

The traditional liposuction is a cosmetic surgery and its purpose it’s to eliminate fat. It does get rid of fat very successfully but usually the problem after is done it’s that people do lose weight but they have wrinkled, extra skin; so they still don’t feel comfortable with themselves, even after looking very different. Patients often don’t show their new body in public, they don’t wear bathing suits or summer clothes like t-shirts or shorts.

Getting rid of this extra skin is very difficult and for many patients a second surgery is necessary. This can’t always be done, plastic surgery is not cheap and not everyone has the money to pay for several surgeries.

This is the reason why a lot of people are interested in laser liposuction. According to the scientific research, the inclusion of lasers can help maintain the firmness of the skin. They also help patients feel better about the way that their new body looks without having the need to visit the surgery room again.

The science

The use of new medical technologies, such as a laser in operating rooms, has redefined the traditional technique of lipoplasty, giving popularity to new less invasive procedures that are better tolerated and have excellent results, such as laser-assisted liposuction and our popular vaser lipo London procedure.

This procedure is noted for the removal of localized fat in small areas of the face and body. The chin, the arms, or the inner side of the knee, these areas are difficult to treat with traditional liposuction. Laser-assisted liposuction defines the figure, redefines the body contour, corrects irregularities and asymmetries and achieves a tightening or skin tightening effect, impossible to obtain with conventional surgery.

Three months after the laser-assisted liposuction is done, doctors discovered that the patients had 20 to 80 percent shrinkage of the skin. This means that the skin contracted by 20 to 80 percent more than what would have been expected for the volume of fat that was extracted. The amount of skin that “contracted” depends on the elasticity of the skin and the area of the body treated.

How does the laser-assisted lipo work?

Through a minimum incision, a 1mm diameter cannula is inserted into the subcutaneous fat, at the end of which is the optical fiber that transmits the laser energy. The effect of this energy produces the rupture of the adipocytes, liquefying the fat. The substance resulting from the destruction of these adipocytes is then extracted by means of a suction cannula.

The heat liquefies the fat in a less traumatic way than traditional liposuction, and the process of extracting it, by aspiration, is much faster.

In addition to the destruction of adipocytes, the laser favors the coagulation of the small vessels of adipose tissue and stimulates the reorganization of collagen in the reticular dermis. These make the postoperative process improve considerably compared to traditional liposuction interventions since the laser helps the coagulation of the vessels and prevents bleeding and bruising. Often patients are surprised that the procedure is practically painless.

And what about the post-operative care?

The advantages over traditional liposuction are numerous. First, it causes less surgical trauma, by causing the mobilization of fat by a photonic effect, and not a mechanical one as with traditional liposuction. Likewise, it reduces the risk of postoperative bleeding thanks to the coagulating effect of the laser; the heat coagulates the vessels, reducing the hemorrhage, so there are fewer bruises.

The recovery improves thanks to the lower development of bruising and scarce inflammatory reaction, while considerably reducing postoperative pain.

Finally, the heat favors postoperative retraction, which prevents sagging and flaccidity; In addition, the stimulation of collagen fibers improves elasticity, helps to reshape the body.

This new technology sounds amazing but there are some doctors that are not sure about the true differences between laser-assisted liposuction and regular liposuction. Some even claimed that it’s not really all that helpful and most patients still need to have their skin removed in a separate surgery. If you are planning to have a lipo procedure make sure to talk with your doctor about the benefits. Ask as many questions as you need to be sure this is the right decision for you.