As one of the newest liposuction techniques available today, laser assisted lipolysis, or laser-assisted lipo is the very first laser to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the use of fat dissolution. When referencing the FDAs official documents on the proper use of liposuction lasers, it states, "The laser is intended for the surgical incision, excision, vaporization, ablation, and coagulation of soft tissue. While all soft tissue is included, it is also indicated for laser-assisted liposuction."
This advanced technique for removing areas of excess fat, quickly penetrates fatty tissue with a quick burst of laser energy and in so doing, liquefies the fat where it can then be gently suctioned from the body. Laser assisted liposuction is used with tumescent, which is a local anesthetic infused into the procedure area.
During the procedure a laser is passed over the treatment area after the area has been infused with tumescent anesthetic. The laser helps to dissolve the fat cells for easier and gentler extraction, while simultaneously heating nearby tissues which may boost new collagen production beneath the skin offering additional skin-tightening benefits in the process.
The very best candidates for laser assisted lipolysis are those who are already close to their target weight but who are struggling with stubborn areas of fat that are not responding to diet and exercise efforts. Laser assisted lipo is meant to be seen as a body-contouring procedure and not a weight-reduction tool.
With traditional liposuction, the best results are usually seen by patients with firm, elastic, young skin which tends to lend itself to smoother contouring of the body once the fat has been fully removed. However, with laser assisted liposuction, the stimulation of the nearby tissue through laser heat application helps to tighten the skin faster while creating more collagen then it would should the skin be left to heal on its own. This allows for patients beyond their 20s and 30s to enjoy comparable results than they might through other liposuction methods.
The most common areas treated with laser assisted lipolysis include the abdomen, love handles, back, neck and chin area, hips, inner and outer thighs, upper arm, bra-line, and male breasts. Some surgeons will treat ankles and knees with laser assisted lipo as well.
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