Laser lipo is a method of using suction to remove fat from your body. This is done with bluntly tipped tubes that are small and thin and are inserted into the skin through tiny cuts. The tube sucks the fat out as the doctor moves it around beneath the skin surface to target deposits of fat.
Laser lipo, over the past few years, has become easier, safer, and less painful. Some of the newer techniques are:
- Laser-assisted liposuction: low-energy waves are used in this technique to liquefy the fat. The fat is then removed by small tubes.
- Ultrasound -assisted labor suction: an ultrasound is used in this technique to liquefy the fat, making it easier to remove. This technique is best for removing fat from the back, sides, upper abdomen, and neck.
- Tumescent liposuction: the area where the tube will be inserted in your body is numbed using a local anesthetic. Then, a solution containing epinephrine and lidocaine is injected into the fat before liposuction is done. This technique of liposuction typically doesn’t require general anesthesia.
Typically, laser lipo is done on an outpatient basis. Unless you have a large amount of fat removed, the hospital will not require you to stay overnight. In most cases, local anesthesia is used. Sedatives are occasionally used to help the patient relax.
The area that received the liposuction will need to be wrapped firmly after the procedure to help reduce the pain, bruising, and swelling. Depending on the part of the body you had treated, you may require a firm fitting garment, special girdle, support hose, or elastic bandages and tape to wrap the area. Compression garments are often worn for 3 to 4 weeks after the treatment. You can expect to have swelling and a lot of bruising for the first week.
Typically, patients can move around shortly after the treatments once the sedation has worn off. As soon as you feel comfortable, you may return to your normal activities. It could potentially take up to a few weeks, though. If you have a large area treated, your recovery time may be longer.
Why Have Laser Lipo?
Most people have laser liposuction done to reshape their body, not to lose body weight. When diet and exercise don’t help a problem area, liposuction is the next step. Typically, the areas that are treated include the back and waist of men and the hips and outer thighs of women. Other commonly treated areas include upper arms, legs, buttocks, back, abdomen, neck, and the face.
Liposuction is often combined with other procedures, such as facelifts, breast reduction, or a tummy tuck.
There are a few medical conditions that liposuction can help treat. These include:
- Axillary hyperhidrosis, or excessive arm pit sweating.
- Lipodystrophy, or problems metabolizing the body’s fat.
- Gynecomastia, or male breasts that are enlarged abnormally.
- Lipomas, or benign fatty tumors.
Obesity is not treated with liposuction. You can also not use liposuction to help get rid of stretch marks or cellulite. If you need to get rid of stubborn fatty deposits, though, laser lipo is the way to go.