Laser liposuction, also known as laser-assisted liposuction, is performed as traditional liposuction, expect that it incorporates lasers. Traditional liposuction utilizes a cannula (a long, thin, hollow tube) to suction out unwanted fat through small incisions. The difference between traditional liposuction and laser liposuction is that a laser is used on the targeted area before the cannula and suction is performed. This improvement on traditional liposuction has been in use since 2006 with great benefit to patients.
The laser that is used during laser liposuction has the ability to deliver painless light energy to the unwanted fat and render it to a semi-soft state, which makes it incredibly easy to be sucked out by the doctor. The laser can also stimulate the production of collagen in treated areas, helping to tighten up the skin in that area, reducing the appearance of any sagging, loose skin.
What to Expect During a Laser Liposuction Procedure
Our laser liposuction procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, meaning that patients return to their homes the same day as the procedure, and many who have undergone laser lipo in St. Louis are able to return to work after a day. Since the procedure uses local anesthetic, the doctor must be gentle while permanently extracting the fat. This minimizes recovery time.
Before beginning the procedure, local anesthesia with light sedation is administered to help keep the patient comfortable throughout the entire procedure. Local anesthetic eliminates the risk and cost associated with general anesthesia and an anesthesiologist’s work.
After the administration of anesthesia, a special fluid containing a mixture of saline, anesthetic and epinephrine is injected in the areas where the fat is to be removed. Epinephrine constricts the blood vessels so blood loss is minimized. Once this special fluid has been satisfactorily injected, the laser is applied to those areas.
When the targeted fat has been sufficiently softened, the doctor inserts the cannula through tiny, carefully created incisions to suction out the fat. Since the patient is awake during the procedure, the doctor is able to see the patient move and gauge symmetry and ensure precise results. A constant overview ensures that the laser liposuction has effectively removed all targeted fat; if all the offending fat has been removed, gauze is applied to the tiny incisions and the entire treated area is wrapped with a compression garment.
Laser Liposuction Results
Although great results are noticeable immediately after the procedure, results will continue to reveal themselves in the following months. As mentioned above, laser liposuction can stimulate the production of collagen, which results in an overall tightening of the skin on the treated areas. In order to ensure that the most optimal results will manifest, patients should take care to wear their compression garments as directed.