Laser assisted liposuction, also called St. Louis laser lipo, is the best method for removing fat. It utilizes laser technology. The technique involves the use of a laser to rapidly dissolve fat. The surrounding skin is also tightened. No general anesthetic is needed in this excellent procedure. Because fat is removed from the body through suction, the effect is permanent and sculpting of the body shape is ensured.
This is actual footage of a St. Louis laser liposuction procedure in progress in our office. The patient is awake and comfortable during the gentle treatment.
Laser-assisted liposuction is for people who are in good health, not significantly overweight, have an active lifestyle and have pocket(s) of fat that they just haven’t been able to get rid of with diet and exercise.
If you have any of the following conditions, you are not a good candidate for laser-assisted liposuction:
Nearly any problem area can be successfully treated including:
As much as 3500 mLs of fat can be removed in a single session. While this is only a few pounds of fat, the concentrated slimming effect would take an overall weight loss of many, many pounds to achieve. To take four pounds of fat off of your abdomen, you might have to lose 20 or 30 lbs overall.
Fat cells are permanently removed and your shape is permanently altered. Despite what manufacturers and doctors claim, there is no treatment which can remove all fat cells, but the vast majority are removed. The best way to make the best of permanent fat removal is to continue exercise and watch your diet. Preventing fat gain after your procedure ensures that your results are optimal. After this procedure, many people are extra motivated to continue to improve their new shapes through exercise.
Our procedures take place in our sterile, private medical office. Prior to the procedure, the fatty areas are marked by the surgeon, and a tiny stick of local anesthetic numbs the area. A tiny laser is moved over the area. As the laser is fired, fat cells break up. The fluid released from them is removed with a microcannula and suction in areas numbed by a local anesthetic and infused with epinephrine. The laser also causes small blood vessels to coagulate (gel) immediately on contact, resulting in less bleeding and swelling. The lipo laser also affects the collagen in the skin, causing it to tighten. The procedure causes the skin to tighten and shrink, giving a pleasing appearance.
You may experience minimal bruising, but the procedure itself is basically pain-free. Many people get a good result from wearing a compression garment after surgery to help the area find its new shape. Most people resume normal activities in a day. Any bruising disappears in 2-3 days. Our doctor meets with you in the days after your procedure to ensure optimal recovery. Any mild discomfort can be relieved with over-the-counter pain medications.
Right after the laser liposuction procedure, you begin to see a smaller area with a tighter silhouette. Within the next 6-8 weeks, the skin and surrounding area will remodel and adjust to the newly sculpted body contour. The area keeps getting better. Best results are seen after two months.
One treatment per area permanently sculpts. In most cases, people ask to have 2-3 different areas treated, such as stomach and flanks or arms and neck. It’s worth noting that when we say “flanks,” that is one area, as is “arms,” or “thighs.” We do not count each arm separately. This is permanent fat removal, not merely fat treatment.
In most cases you should be able to return to work within 24 hours.
We do not perform laser-liposuction without liposuction. We do perform laser skin tightening, which maximizes results after liposuction by firming skin and rebuilding collagen in skin that has been stretched.
Yes, laser liposuction has been approved for use in the USA by the FDA since 2006.
Laser lipo prices vary by area treated. You should discuss the costs with your cosmetic surgeon before your procedure so that you are fully aware of all of the charges. Laser-assisted liposuction is considered a cosmetic procedure and it is not covered by insurance companies. Our office can advise you about financing options such as Care Credit that will allow you to space payments for your procedure over time. CareCredit works like a credit card for health care costs.
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My experience with Dr. Wright and his staff was exceptional. I have had two liposuction procedures performed by Dr. Wright and both were very successful. I would recommend Dr. Wright and his staff highly. The staff was professional and helpful with after care and follow-up appointments. If I had any other needs they would be on the top of my list.