Laser lipo is a form of liposuction that reduces excess body fat through the use of laser energy. You may hear the procedure referred to as laser assisted lipolysis, SmartLipo or laser guided liposuction. This method of fat removal isn’t meant to be a weight loss substitute. Its use is for the reduction of fat that hasn’t responded well to diet and exercise methods. So if you’re dealing with stubborn fat that won’t go away despite your best efforts, laser lipo may be for you.
How It Works
One of the biggest differences between traditional liposuction and laser lipo is that the fat that will be removed is liquefied with a laser rather than broken up with a tube known as a cannula. This method is known to be gentler, causing less bruising. The process works by inserting the laser to reach the fat in the deep skin layers and breaking up the cell walls with its heat. The fatty oils are then allowed to leak out in order to be removed. The blood vessels in this layer are coagulated, also helping to lessen bruising. The fatty oils and cell fragments are removed, leaving you with a firmer and more contoured body.
Candidates for Laser Lipo
You should be in overall good health and have excess fat you wish to have removed. Your skin should not be excessively lax, as loose skin may not respond well to liposuction procedures. Common areas of treatment include the abdomen, thighs, arms, back and male breasts. It is also possible for laser lipo to be used on the face and neck.
Keep in mind that the exact details of each procedure vary from patient to patient. Since laser lipo is still a surgical procedure, there is a recovery period involved. With that being said, downtime is generally less than with other procedures like traditional liposuction. Expect to be able to return to your regular routine in just days to weeks, with limits on excessive exertion.
Laser lipo is an appealing option for patients who need to lose stubborn fat that has been resistant to other methods. If you feel the procedure could work for you, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation at ShineMD Medspa & Liposuction Center to discuss your options. Our office is conveniently located right here in Houston, TX. Contact us today to book your appointment and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!