Laser liposuction, also known as liposculpture or laser lipolysis, is a minimally-invasive technique that was developed to help cosmetic surgeons target fat in areas of the body that were less responsive to traditional liposculpting methods. Laser liposuction still requires the use of “tumescent” local anesthesia.
Laser body sculpting differs from traditional liposuction. It uses a Class 4 LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) to heat, soften and melt the unwanted fat in the targeted areas and tighten the undersurface of the skin and the underlying tissue. After the fatty deposits are liquefied with the laser, they are gradually absorbed by the body or gently suctioned away with small cannulas.
Laser liposuction can have advantages over traditional liposuction techniques. Using a smaller cannulas (slender stainless steel tube), quicker recovery, smaller incisions, more precision and less scarring. The laser also promotes the formation of collagen which is a primary structural protein found in the skin.
The body reacts to the heat used in the laser liposuction procedure by contracting the tissues around the affected area which causes the skin to tighten and become smoother.
Liposculpting lasers use wave lengths whose energy is absorbed mainly by fat and water which allows for selectivity and optimal results. This equates to less pain, faster healing and very little bruising after the procedure. However, the advanced technology can be more costly and requires special training and practice to use safely and effectively. Dr. Zimmerman of Las Vegas Laser & Lipo currently serves as President of the American Board of Laser Surgery and is an Examiner for that Board.
It is critically important that physicians wielding this high tech light saber understand the intricacies of how the particular wave length, pulse width and energies are used to safely and artistically sculpt and stimulate the tissue, rather than haphazardly burn and scar without insight or control.
Even though lasers are used more often for smaller areas of treatment, Laser liposuction offers the same contouring and visual improvement of traditional liposuction. Many cosmetic surgeons have had great success using laser liposculpting to precisely contour and tighten the face, cheeks, or chin as an alternative to traditional facelift surgery.
Excess fat in these areas can be easily removed and the resulting tightening of the skin and muscle can feel almost like a face or neck lift. These same laser techniques are used on a larger scale, to treat male gynecomastia, tighten deflated female breasts and tummies and sculpt upper arms, butts and knees.
Cosmetic surgery has evolved considerably over the years, particularly with the introduction of advanced techniques and high-tech equipment.
With the shared goal of making the removal of excess fat less painful and much easier, the field of liposuction continues to evolve as both an art and science. Laser liposuction has been given the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.