Laser liposuction may seem like a scary procedure, but a basic understanding of the process can give you an idea of what to expect, which will likely ease some of you fears. We’ve explained the basics of a laser liposuction procedure below.
- What is laser liposuction? Laser liposuction uses lasers to remove fat. Fat is quickly dissolved and tightened in order to reshape the contours of the body. Laser liposuction can be used on a number of the different problem areas of the body. The fat removal can be permanent, based on the patient’s future behaviors. If weight is gained, the fat will come back.
- Who can get laser liposuction? Liposuction is not a weight loss treatment, so those who are extremely overweight should look into other methods if they want to lose weight. Those with serious health problems should also not have a laser liposuction procedure done. People who are in good health, who are unable to get rid of pesky fat pockets, despite regular exercise and a healthy diet, are good candidates for a laser liposuction procedure.
- How is the procedure done? The procedure is performed in a clinic or an office, where targeted areas are marked and a local anesthetic is applied. The pen-like laser device is held close to the skin, immediately breaking up the fat cells. The fat is dissolved and is immediately drained away by the body. The laser also causes the blood vessels to gel, controlling bleeding and swelling. The procedure also effects collagen in the skin, which will later tighten, further helping to shape and contour the body.
- How long is the recovery? Laser liposuction is a reasonably non-invasive procedure. Therefore, laser liposuction recovery is relatively swift and pain free. The procedure causes little, if any, pain, and any swelling or bruising fades away in two or three days. Most people return to their regular activities within 24 hours.