Demystifying Liposuction, Laser Lipo and Laser Lipolysis

By 26 April 2017Articles & Media

Laser liposuction was developed as an alternative to the manual method used in tumescent and traditional liposuction. It was also developed to help cosmetic surgeons target specific body parts that were difficult to access with the more traditional methods, but are perfectly suited to laser body sculpting. Laser liposuction, which is also known as liposculpture and laser lipolysis is somewhat different than traditional liposuction. The largest differentiating factor is that Laser Lipo or laser liposuction uses a high energy laser to emulsify or destroy fat cells. Then the lipid that is released from the cell is reabsorbed or can be removed with a special suction cannula. In some techniques of laser liposuction, suction is used, while in others no actual suction is actually used. Instead of using the cannula to remove fatty deposits beneath the skin, the cannula actually houses a laser and the laser is used to literally melt the fat of the target area away. Once the fat has been liquefied using laser liposuction, it is drained from the body using tiny incisions or gently suctioned away. The procedure is considered gentler than other liposuction techniques because of the smaller cannula used and because of the smaller size of the incisions. This also means less scarring. Due to the heat used in the laser liposuction procedure, the body naturally reacts by contracting the tissues near the procedure which causes the skin to tighten and become smoother. Traditional liposuction works by applying suction to a hollow metal cannula or tube which pulls the fat into the tube and the sharp edges then evulse or rip out the fat, along with associated fibrous connective tissue, and tiny nerve fibres and blood vessels.

These liposuction lasers are specially designed to target only fat cells, protecting muscle and nerve tissue. This precision often means less pain, faster healing and very little bruising after the procedure compared with traditional liposuction. Additionally, different companies have created liposuction lasers that use specific wavelength frequencies for optimal results. It can be more costly however, because of the advanced technology and the high calibre of cosmetic doctors that use the laser liposuction procedure.

Laser liposuction offers the same contouring and visual improvement of traditional liposuction and is actually being used more often in small areas of treatment. Specifically, many liposuction surgeons opt to use laser liposuction on the chin, jowls or face of a patient because of the precision of the procedure and the great success. The excess pockets of fat that can develop in this area can be melted with precision and the tightening of the skin operates almost as a face or neck lift.

It’s important to understand the mechanics and some of the science behind Laser Lipo sculpture if you’re going to opt for this type of procedure. You should understand which technology your doctor plans to use and why it is beneficial and safe. So you’re optimally prepared for your laser liposuction procedure.

Laser Lipo uses a high energy laser light to break down fat cells which can then be removed with the special cannula. The primary benefit of Laser Lipo is that the laser probe is very small and precise. This allows it to work better in areas where greater precision is needed, such as the face. It also allows the probe to be used very close to the under surface of the skin which results in heating of the dermis and stimulation of collagen production resulting in better skin retraction on average.

There are advocates for either approach which seems to be largely dictated by what they use in their practices. Ultimately it is more about the skill of the physician using the device than the device itself. Different types of liposuction devices have been around for years. The results that one achieves are a combination of multiple factors including the skill and experience of the doctor, the effectiveness of the device in removing fat and the degree and quality of skin retraction which is effected by the person’s skin quality, but can also be effected by the device used.

In summary, we believe that Laser Lipo devices offer some real benefits in terms of improved skin retraction and that this is a significant component to the quality of the final outcome. This is particularly true for patients with diminished skin elasticity (patients over 40), and Laser Lipo has allowed us to achieve better outcomes particularly for patients with diminished skin elasticity.