For people who want a slimmer, smoother physique without a ton of work, liposuction has long been the gold standard. Unfortunately, traditional liposuction, although effective at reducing unwanted body fat, comes with several major drawbacks. Aside from causing significant trauma to the tissues in and around the treatment sites, it fails to address skin laxity. Leaving behind areas of sagging skin can undermine your goals of using cosmetic surgery to improve the shape and appearance of your body.
Fortunately, modern advancements in liposuction technology have given rise to laser lipolysis, more commonly known as laser-assisted liposuction. Clinical research has shown that this new, cutting-edge procedure can provide body sculpting results that are vastly superior to those offered by traditional liposuction.
Laser-assisted liposuction, unlike its traditional counterpart, is minimally invasive. It utilizes powerful light energy from a special laser that effectively melts away unwanted body fat before removing it. Regular liposuction, on the other hand, harshly removes body fat by simply sucking it out, which causes significant tissue damage, long recovery times and greater discomfort and bruising. Furthermore, laser-assisted liposuction actively promotes the production of collagen, an essential building block of healthy, firm and youthful-looking skin.
In an analysis of more than 2,000 patients who underwent traditional and laser-assisted liposuction, it was found that those who received the laser-assisted option lost considerable amounts of fat from different areas of the body, and they also experienced increased tightness of their skin. Plus, although some patients reported some mild bruising and discomfort, none experienced serious side effects or complications.
The treatment works in much the same way as traditional liposuction, but there are several improvements in the procedure. Smaller incisions are made in the areas to be treated, which allows Dr. Zimmerman to insert a very narrow tube, called the cannula, into the treatment sites. This tube, which is narrower and thinner than the type used in traditional liposuction, is fitted with a laser. The laser liquefies the target fat, making it much easier to suction out without extensive injury to surrounding tissues.
Studies have found laser-assisted liposuction to be a safe and efficient method for removing small pockets of unwanted fat that do not respond to regular exercise and a healthy diet. Furthermore, because this procedure is done on an outpatient basis, you’ll spend much less time recovering afterward.
Virtually any area of your body can be treated with laser-assisted liposuction. These include:
- Upper torso
- Calves and ankles
Laser-assisted liposuction isn’t just for women. For men who struggle with gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts, it can be a valuable treatment option. Ideal candidates for this procedure are people who are at or near an ideal weight for their height and frame, and who have areas of stubborn body fat that refuse to go away despite attempts to eliminate it through exercise and diet.
Contact Las Vegas Laser and Lipo today to schedule your consultation and find out if laser assisted liposuction is right for you.