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Liposuction or laser lipo with the addition of Laser heat is ideal for those with areas of stubborn fat that are resistant to diet and exercise. The body areas that are most commonly a concern for patients and result in their seeking out treatment options for liposuction or laser lipo are the inner thighs and inner knees, saddle bags, the abdomen, “love handles” and lower back fat, upper arms, buttocks and double chins. In men, Liposuction and laser lipo has been found effective in treating unwanted fat deposits in the male chest area. Liposuction and laser lipo generally works best on patients seeking to remove fat in a specific area, and is not recommended for serious weight loss. Laser assisted Liposuction is a body sculpting procedure and is a wonderful option for patients who have struggled with their body shape and have been unable to achieve results through other means. Anyone interested in the removal of unwanted body fat is a candidate for liposuction or laser lipo except for pregnant women. These fat deposits give rise to unwanted body shape and are often described by patients as “stubborn fat”. It is often found that once a patient has undergone the laser lipo procedure they pay more attention to their diet and exercise routines, aside from other lifestyle considerations and as a result there is added weight loss as well.

Areas in which Liposuction or laser lipo can offer successful fat removal are:

  • Face (including chin and cheek areas)
  • Neck (such as with double chins)
  • Back side of arms
  • Abdomen
  • Back
  • Both the inner and outer areas of thighs
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Knees
  • Ankles

If there is a specific area of fat that you are interested in having removed, speak with a physician to find out if treating that area with laser lipo is safe .

How Does Laser Lipo/ Liposuction Work?

Once a patient has decided on investigating the possibilities of doing a fat removal procedure a consultation is made to see our doctor. The purpose of the consultation and examination is to enable the patient to make an informed decision regarding the laser lipo or laser assisted liposuction procedure.

Once the patient goals are determined, the physician will use a local anaesthetic to numb the area that is to be treated. Once the area is fully numb, the physician will use a cannula, which is a small and slender tube, to allow the laser access to the fat cells. Heat from the laser causes the fat to soften and liquefy. This liquefied fat is then suctioned out, resulting in smoother and flatter surfaces.

The laser’s heat also helps smooth the skin out to allow for a smoother look and feel. After the liposuction or laser lipo treatment has been performed, the physician advises the patient on how to care for the area over the next few weeks while healing occurs. The laser lipo procedure and after care is handled by highly trained professionals who will guide the patient through the entire process

When can I Return to Normal Activity After Laser Assisted Liposuction?

Most patients can get right back to their everyday activities relatively quickly within a few days after the laser lipo procedure. Each patient is unique and recovery times will obviously vary from person to person. Strenuous physical activity is to be avoided for 1-2 weeks. Many patients find that recovery is rather simple with mild, if any, side effects from the liposuction treatment.

Is the Fat Removal Permanent?

The particular fat cells removed through liposuction will not recur, but the body can always regenerate fat if a proper diet and exercise routine are not implemented. To maintain a healthy weight and appearance, a regular fitness routine combined with a healthy diet is recommended, general weight gain is obviously still possible even after treatment.

How Many Sessions of Laser Lipo do I Need?

One session is generally all that is needed of laser lipo or laser assisted liposuction. The patient and the physician can discuss if another treatment is necessary as every patient’s situation is different.

Laser-Lipo or laser assisted liposuction is a popular choice for patients that allows for both the removal of fat cells in localized areas and the tightening of the skin by way of laser-generated heat. Our expert team of professionals at our clinic in Johannesburg will guide and assist you throughout the entire process.

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