Shedding Light on Fat Elimination
LaserLipo offers you a smart way to melt those stubborn fat pockets without melting your resolve. LaserLipo is the name of the procedure, so don’t be confused if a physician uses the brand name of their laser as the name of the procedure. There are many lasers that can perform LaserLipo. LaserLipo is a great way to eliminate stubborn fat pockets, without the pain or inconvenience of traditional liposuction. It also has the advantage of tightening skin and allowing patients to return to their normal activities much more quickly.
How does it work?
LaserLipo (laser assisted lipolysis) works by using heat from a flexible laser fiber with a 1mm diameter, about the size of angel hair pasta. When the light comes on, the show really starts! Heat melts the fat cells and reduces them to an oily substance that is removed by aspiration. The heat seals off blood vessels, which significantly reduces bruising. Another effect of the heat is that it also stimulates collagen production. LaserLipo also gives the added benefit of some immediate tightening of the skin in the area where it is applied. The total result is firmer and tighter skin, a trimmer silhouette, and a smoother sculpted look, with much less downtime!
What does it feel like?
A local anesthesia is applied to numb the area to be treated. Tiny injections at the insertion points seem to be the most discomfort people report. Patients have reported minimal to no discomfort for the treatment itself. Some patients report nothing, because they fall asleep!
How long will it take to heal?
You’ll be able to resume normal activity in a few days and strenuous activity like exercise or gym workouts within a week. A patient returned to competitive ballroom dancing the next day while another walked 5 miles, but each person is somewhat different and you need to listen to your body. You’ll need to wear a support garment for a month. You’ll notice a reduction in swelling by about 70% in one month, a 90% reduction in 3 months and complete reduction in 6 months. Most patients have reported that even with swelling, they felt smaller and their clothes fit looser within a few days to a week.
What’s the difference between LaserLipo and traditional liposuction?
LaserLipo is an office procedure that can both melt fat as well as tighten skin with a shorter and more comfortable recovery time. Traditional liposuction is major surgery, usually done under general anesthesia, so there are more risks involved. Traditional liposuction does not tighten skin and involves significant post procedure discomfort and longer recovery times. It is still useful for substantial fat elimination or in combination with tummy tucks.
Where does LaserLipo work?
- Slims thighs, knees, buttocks, mid-back, bra flab, and upper arms.
- Removes muffin tops/love handles.
- Shrinks double chins and tightens necks.
- Attacks diet and exercise resistant fat pockets.
- Firms and tightens skin.
- Works best for people that are 10-30 lbs over their ideal body weight, but can be used in select larger patients with localized fat deposits.
Will LaserLipo work on cellulite?
LaserLipo removes fat cells by melting them. Cellulite is the result of the inflammation of fibrous rings around fat cells. For that reason, no liposuction or LaserLipo will remove cellulite. This is why I recommend Cellulite Mesotherapy, which is very effective in eliminating cellulite. Mesotherapy is also an excellent alternative for fat removal for those patients who have more diffuse fat deposition in certain areas such as the cottage cheese thighs or for those who just don’t like the idea of LaserLipo.
What if I gain weight again?
If you gain weight, the fat will go to an area of your body where you still have fat cells, which could result in a disproportionate look. For this reason I counsel people to consider LaserLipo as an adjunct to a healthy lifestyle, which includes both good nutrition and exercise.