Laser liposuction is one of the latest advancements in modern medicine and cosmetology. Compared to standard liposuction, laser liposuction is performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia and is much better tolerated by patients.
How laser liposuction is performed. After making a small incision, the doctor inserts a cannula under the skin – a thin hollow tube 0.1 cm in diameter. A thin fiber-optic probe is inserted into the cannula. The head of the probe emits laser energy that launches the lipolysis process and selectively destroys fat cells. The fat from these cells ends up in the bloodstream and is neutralized by the liver. Moreover, the laser heats up skin cells and speeds up collagen production. The result is that skin looks younger and is firmer.
How to prepare for the procedure
First, follow your doctor’s recommendations. If you take any medications, it’s best to take a break from them for a day before the procedure. It’s also best to avoid smoking, since this bad habit slows down the recovery process.
The patient is photographed right before laser liposuction so that both the patient and the doctor can look at “before” and “after” photos.
The patient is supervised by doctors in a special ward for an hour following the procedure. If all is well, they can go home after an hour. But they must avoid physical exertion for the next 2 weeks.
The duration of the procedure depends on the amount of fat the patient needs to eliminate. Usually, laser liposuction takes 1-2 hours. 1 hour is enough for most patients, but sometimes additional time is required. The option to have a second procedure can only be discussed after a waiting period of 2-4 weeks, which is when the results of the first procedure become fully visible.
Laser liposuction, much like other non-invasive procedures, is used when the patient needs to remove up to 0.5 liters of fat from specific areas of the body. If more than 1,000 ml of fat need to be eliminated, traditional liposuction or 2 laser procedures over the course of 6 months.
Recovering after laser liposuction
In order to eliminate or minimize complications, follow these recommendations.
- Put a compress on the area after the procedure. If the procedure was on the face or chin, leave the compress on for 48 hours. For other areas, use a compress for a week.
- Take antibiotics for 5 days after the procedure to eliminate the risk of infection.
- Keep the entry point for the cannula clean and dry.
- Don’t drink alcohol for 12 hours after the liposuction.
- Massage the the entry point for the cannula lightly 1.5 weeks after the procedure. But avoid harsh massage of the impact area for the next 5 months.
- If you experience painful swelling or redness in the impact area, consult your doctor.
When to avoid laser liposuction
Don’t get liposuction if you:
- Are pregnant
- Are breastfeeding
- Have hematologic diseases
- Have liver disease
Risks and possible complications
The risks associated with laser liposuction are the same as with traditional liposuction. They include fluid buildup under the skin, swelling, burns, blisters, and scars.
Once again, the procedure only makes sense if you need to remove no more than 0.5 liters of fat from a specific area in the body. Moreover, LIPOSUCTION DOES NOT CURE OBESITY. The procedure is only meant to correct problem areas like arms, knees, hips, and the chin.
Before getting the procedure, we recommend getting consultations at several clinics and seeking advice from several doctors.