Laser Liposuction | Somalogic
What is Laser Liposuction?
The latest method of removing unwanted fat and sculpting the body is Laser Liposuction. Designed to treat localized pockets of fat, the procedure is done in the Doctor’s office with a local anesthetic. Laser Liposuction was approved by the FDA in 2006. The new procedure minimizes the down time commonly associated with traditional liposuction and is the new virtually pain free alternative. If you have unwanted areas of fat on your body and have tried exercise and diet with no success, laser liposuction may be the solution.
How does Laser Liposuction Work?
Laser Liposuction is a procedure during which the heat of the laser is used to dissolve fat cells and tighten the tissue in a particular problem area of your body. Once the fat is liquefied by the laser it becomes easier to remove and is then suctioned out of the body. Some small amounts of the liquefied fat are absorbed by the body and excreted naturally in about 24 hours after the procedure.
What is the difference between Traditional Liposuction and Laser Liposuction?
Traditional Liposuction uses a vacuum with a metal tube attached to the end. The tube is inserted into the area of treatment and the doctor manually moves the tube back and forth to suck out the fat deposits. This procedure is invasive and done under general anesthesia. There is bleeding, swelling and destruction of the tissue. The heat of the laser technology allows the laser to glide through the tissue melting the fat. There is much less internal destruction of tissue and minimal bruising.
Who is a candidate for Laser Liposuction?
If you are in general good health, not over weight but have a fatty deposit on your back, abdomen, chin, inner or outer thighs and have been unable to remove it with diet or exercise the Laser Liposuction may be the solution. This procedure has shown to be effective for resistant areas of fat. Laser Liposuction can relieve tone and tighten small areas.
How long does the procedure take?
The length of the procedure depends on the area and size of the area being treated. The average time is one hour for an individual area.
How does Laser Liposuction work?
Laser Liposuction works by inserting a small tube (cannula) which contains the laser directly into the fat pocket. When the laser is fired the heat causes the fatty pocket to melt. The majority of the liquefied fat is sucked out. The remaining fat is absorbed and cleaned out by the lymphatic system. The entire procedure can take less than one hour depending on the size and area being treated. No sutures are required and the procedure is performed under local anesthetic.
How does the Liposuction Procedure Work?
The procedure area will be cleansed and the Doctor will mark the areas to be treated. A local Anesthetic is then administered to the target areas. The tiny tube called the cannula containing the laser is inserted. The tube is moved back and forth as the laser is activated; the laser liquefies the fat. The liquefied fat is then sucked out. The laser affects the collagen in the skin as well as the fat pockets resulting in skin tightening as well as reduction of fat.
What is the Down Time and Healing after the Laser Liposuction?
Laser Liposuction is a very safe procedure and because there is no general anesthesia, you will be able to walk out of the Doctor’s offices on the same day. There may be slight swelling and bruising after your treatment and you will have to wear a compression garment for 4 – 6 weeks after the procedure. Results are immediate and you will continue to see an improvement over time.
What is the Cost of the Laser Liposuction Procedure?
Laser Liposuction costs between R10 000 to R20 000, depending on the size of the area of the body that is being treated.
Who is a Candidate for Laser Liposuction?
Laser Liposuction is for people who are in good health, not overweight, have an active lifestyle and have pocket(s) of unwanted fat that they just haven’t been able to get rid of with normal diet and exercise.
Which area(s) is Laser Liposuction useful for?
Laser Liposuction has been designed to treat localized pocket (s) of fat in the following areas:
- Flanks (love handles)
- Chin (hanging or double chin)
- Outer thighs (saddle bags)
- Inner thighs
- Face (not around the eyes)
- Gynecomastia (male with excess breast tissue)
- Back of neck
- Upper Arms
- Pubic mound
How much fat can be removed each time with Laser Liposuction?
The procedure is excellent for removal of localized fat and as much as 3500mls of fat can be melted away in a single session.
Who is not a candidate for Laser Liposuction?
If you have any of the following conditions you are not a good candidate for Laser Liposuction:
- Liver problems
- Blood disorders
- Kidney problems
- Heart problems
- Skin disorders
- Skin infections
Is the fat removal after Laser Liposuction Permanent?
The fat removal is semi permanent. If you gain weight, the fat will come back in areas treated and not treated with the laser. Despite what the manufacturers and the Doctors claim, there is no treatment which can permanently remove all the fat cells. The best way to permanent fat removal is to continue exercise and watch your diet.
What is the Recovery Like?
The healing time frame depends on each patient’s procedure as well as their healing you may experience minimal bruising, but the procedure itself is basically pain free. A pressure dressing or a compression garment is worn depending on the treated area. The compression garment helps to decrease the swelling. The bruising disappears in 2-3 days and most people are able to resume their normal activities within 24 hours. The mild ache can be relieved with over the counter medication.
What happens if I put on weight after Laser Liposuction?
If weight gain occurs, the remaining fat cells will increase. This means that you will gain weight more evenly rather than accumulating it in the same treatment area.
How long should I wear the compression garment of the Laser Liposuction?
All garments should be worn for 24 hours a day for the first week following your procedure and for 12 hours daily during the second, third and fourth week.
When can I return to work after Laser Liposuction?
In most cases you should be able to return to work within 24 – 72 hours.
When can I start to exercise after Laser Liposuction?
This largely depends on the specific area you are having the Cool Laser Liposuction performed on. Generally you are able to resume your regular exercise routine one week post surgery. Please consult your Aesthetic Practitioner if you are unsure for a recommendation according to your situation.
When can I expect to see results after Laser Liposuction?
Soon after the laser liposuction procedure, the treated area will appear tighter, compact and smaller. Within the next 6–8 weeks, the skin and surrounding area will remodel and adjust to the body contour. The remodeling is a gradual process and the best results are seen after two months. Your skins texture and firmness will gradually improve for 2 – 6 months as collagen growth increases.
What are the advantages of Laser Liposuction over other procedures?
- General fat distribution and removal technique for small areas.
- Minimal discomfort during the procedure.
- Minimal Pain which only lasts 24 – 72 hours.
- Minimal bleeding and or bruising.
- Faster Healing.
- Less loosening of hanging skin after the procedure.
- There are no side effects of general anesthesia.
Smart Tips to remember before Laser Liposuction Procedure:
- Do not fast or undergo dramatic weight loss just prior to surgery.
- Do not take any anti-inflammatory, anti-coagulant or de-congesting drugs 1 week prior to surgery.
- Do not take appetite suppressants for at least 2 weeks before surgery.
- Avoid Iron and Arnica tablets.
- Smoking should be avoided prior to Laser Liposuction as nicotine interferes with the circulation and healing.
- Avoid alcohol one day before the procedure.
- It is recommended that therapeutic massage and or MLD (Manual Lymphatic Drainage) be commenced approximately three days following the procedure and most patients require approximately 5-7 sessions in total.