Laser liposuction is one of the most innovative treatments for removing problematic areas of fat on the body. Approved by the FDA for use in 2006, laser liposuction has quickly become a patient-preferred and out-patient treatment, in which a laser is used to quickly dissolve fat deposits and tighten the surrounding skin. And once the fat is removed, patients enjoy permanent results!
Liposuction is an excellent choice for patients looking to smooth problem areas and take their bodies to the next level. Genetics can play a large role in determining both men’s and women’s body shape and how our bodies respond to diet and exercise. While regular exercise and a healthy diet are always the first line of defense in keeping the body in prime condition, there are instances when no amount of physical effort or the most strict diet will get the job done. For patients who find themselves in this situation, our liposuction procedures can be an extremely effective solution.
As with any treatment, there are certain qualifications that categorize a potential patient as ideal for the selected approach. Patients who are considering laser liposuction should be in overall good health, maintain a healthy body weight in relationship to their height, and participate regularly in physical activities. While laser liposuction is not intended as a weight loss solution, it can help patients remove stubborn pockets of fat deposits that haven’t disappeared with diet or exercise. Patients often elect to use laser liposuction for its successful sculpting and permanent results.
So why wait? The experts at St Louis Laser Lipo can perform this procedure and get you back to your normal routine with a tighter, slimmer body!
While traditional liposuction is a viable option for patients looking to remove stubborn fat deposits and contour the body, more patients lean towards options like laser liposuction for less invasive but equally successful liposuction results. Patients who choose laser liposuction receive an injection of local anesthetic which targets the treatment area. Rather than using general anesthesia, the patient is fully conscious and the surgeon is focused on providing a relaxing and painless experience. The combination of the laser and cannula allows the physician to remove fat deposits more easily and with more precision, resulting in less bleeding and generally provides a quicker recovery time.
Laser liposuction is performed as an outpatient procedure rather than traditional liposuction which requires an overnight hospital stay. Patients can expect to leave the office unassisted the same day as the procedure and can resume normal activities within 24-48 hours following the treatment. We will walk you through each step of liposuction recovery and help you toward your ultimate goal.
1. Treats Most Areas
Laser liposuction is an extremely versatile approach to fat removal and successfully removes deposits from many areas of the body with ease. Patients often choose a laser liposuction procedure over traditional liposuction for its ability to treat both large and small problem areas with ease; it’s unlikely to desire an invasive, expensive, painful procedure to treat only a very small area, such as the ankles or the back of the neck or chin. That’s where Laser lipo comes in! Laser liposuction has proven successful on the chin and jowls, inner and outer thighs, hips, calves, ankles, buttocks, abdomen, flanks, and upper back. Additionally, patients see visible results with laser liposuction performed on the bra-line, upper arms, pubic mound, and back of the neck.
Types of Treatment Ares
Depending on the area you’re treating, you can expect up to about 3500 – 5000ml of fat to be safely be removed in a single laser liposuction session, and the number of sessions will be determined with you and your surgeon. Typically, our patients go through an average of 2-3 treatments, and it’s important to note that this is only a few pounds of fat. In some instances, a concentrated slimming effect may take several sessions to achieve. Patients should discuss their physical goals with their physician in order to anticipate the number of sessions required for their particular physique aspirations.
2. Comfortable & Minimally Invasive
Patients who elect to use laser liposuction will undergo the procedure in the comfort of the performing physician’s medical office. Prior to the procedure, areas to be treated will be clearly marked by the physician and a local anesthetic will be applied to numb those same areas. The physician then uses a laser to hover over these marks, and as the laser travels, fat cells begin to break up and liquify. The laser will also cause small vessels near the surface to coagulate which will result in less bleeding and swelling after the procedure is complete. Once fat cells begin to liquify, the fluid can then be released using a small microcannula and gentle suction. The entire process results in skin tightening, which leads to a more ideal appearance for patients.
Laser liposuction is far less invasive than traditional liposuction, which involves large tubes to remove fat from the body and requires general anesthesia and an overnight hospital stay. On the other hand, laser liposuction treatment only requires small incisions in the treatment area that allow the laser cannula to be inserted and to reach the fat. The laser liquifies the fat first, and the cannula uses suction to then pull the fat out and also helps limit bruising patients would otherwise experience in traditional liposuction. The procedure itself does not require stitches and risks associated with general anesthesia are completely eliminated. Permanent fat removal means patients do not have to worry about restrictive diets following the procedure or loosening skin.
3. Quick Procedure & Recovery
Laser liposuction is a painless process that results in minimal bruising for patients. While bruising disappears within 2-3 days, the majority of patients will be able to resume normal daily activities within 24-hours of the procedure. The majority of patients report minimal bruising, and most pain can be treated with over-the-counter pain medication for discomfort and patients will be scheduled for a follow-up visit as the physician will want to ensure results are on track. Many patients choose to wear compression garments over the treated areas in the days following the procedure to assist the body in finding its new shape successfully.
4. Rapid & Permanent Results
Laser liposuction provides the benefit of permanent fat removal to patients. While it’s not possible to remove all fat cells in the body, the number is significantly reduced through this procedure, leaving patients with a permanently altered physical shape. The most effective way to ensure the continued success of this process is for patients to stick to a personalized diet and exercise plan post-procedure. Keeping weight gain at a minimum will help patients maintain the results of their laser liposuction.With traditional liposuction, patients often have sagging skin left over from where the fat was removed. By using laser liposuction, these patients will have tighter skin and more sculpted treatment areas. The laser helps stimulate collagen production and tissue coagulation, which both result in a tighter and sculpted appearance.
Patients are often thrilled to see minimal, yet immediate results right after the procedure is completed. A more compact silhouette can often be noted at this time; however, full results should be expected over the following 6-8 weeks. It takes a certain amount of time for skin and surrounding areas to adjust to a new body contour, but the ability to see a significant difference immediately after treatment is not something traditional liposuction provides.
The first step towards determining if laser lipo in St. Louis is right for you is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright at the St. Louis Laser Liposuction Center. Taking a comprehensive approach to patient care, Dr. Wright and his staff utilize an initial consultation to review a patient’s medical profile and to discuss the many options available on an in-depth level. It’s important that every patient understands the procedure they elect and has time to ask questions, voice concerns, and state preferences before moving forward with a personalized treatment plan. At St. Louis Laser Lipo, we understand that every cosmetic procedure comes with an emotional impact and we’re here to help patients find a path to change that is comfortable, safe, and convenient. Read our laser lipo reviews and see how we can help you achieve your goals!
Note: Patients considering laser liposuction with certain underlying conditions will want to avoid this type of treatment as it could result in medical complications. Those suffering from significant chronic liver complications or blood disorders will want to see alternative treatment, as laser liposuction could put these individuals at risk for infection. Similarly, those suffering from chronic kidney issues, heart problems, or connective tissue disorders—including lupus or rheumatoid arthritis—will want to avoid laser liposuction and seek a more appropriate and safe method.