Laser lipo (short for liposuction) is a relatively new form of cosmetic surgery aimed at removing undesired fat from various sites of the human body. As with any similar type of cosmetic surgery, including traditional liposuction, laser lipo faces the following basic challenges; first and foremost, it has to ensure that exactly the proper amount of fat is removed, while keeping side effects on neighbouring tissue at an absolute minimum. And at the same time, it should not affect the patient’s fluid balance and not cause any unnecessary discomfort. With these factors in mind, let’s see how it compares to more traditional methods.
Laser lipo vs. traditional lipo
In traditional liposuction, the patient undergoes general anaesthesia and the doctor makes an incision on the skin and then inserts a cannula through it. The cannula is then manually rocked back and forth so that the fat is forced to break free from the surrounding tissue. If this sounds a little rough, it is because it really is; traditional lipo is a rather imprecise method that can easily lead to nearby tissue damage or to removal of more fat than is actually desired.
On the contrary, Laser lipo is a much more precise method; local/tumescent anaesthesia is sufficient, and both the surgical incision and the cannulas used are far smaller. Furthermore, there is no rocking of the cannula in your skin to manually induce fat suction. Instead, a laser beam is delivered in the fat tissue, causing it to break up and liquefy. At the same time, the laser beam triggers the formation of collagen which aids in the reconstruction of the skin in the area of treatment.
Overall, lipo laser is a less physically traumatic method, and for this reason it can be used to remove fat even from areas that traditional lipo is unable to treat due to its dangerous side effects.
When to consider lipo laser procedure?
Despite its advantages, laser lipo remains a surgical method for the removal of unwanted fat, and as such constitutes external interference to your body. However harmless, it should be considered only after natural efforts have been tried thoroughly and failed to yield the necessary results. If a balanced dietary regime coupled with a decent amount of physical exercise has failed to dislodge those perky fat pockets from your body, then it is time to consider laser lipo. For ideal results though, the individual undergoing laser lipo should be within 20 pounds of their ideal body weight, and in otherwise good health.
Side effects and expectations of Laser Lipo
Even though lipo laser is a minimally invasive procedure, it remains a surgical one and as such is not devoid of the associated risks. Occurrence of mild swelling and bruising is to be expected and should begin to subside within a week of the operation. Depending on the site of treatment and its total area, healing time may vary, but as a general rule, the end result should be evident after 3 to 6 months after the operation.
In a nutshell, lipo laser is a cosmetic surgery procedure that can remove unwanted pockets of fat from a human body with minimal side effects. The resulting fat loss is almost always spectacular; however, the patient should be careful not to return to the old habits that led them to the operating room in the first place. Improper nutrition and absence of physical exercise lie at the bottom of the problem. Laser lipo can be called in to assist, and in fact reset the playing field in the patient’s favour. However, it is up to them to maintain a healthy lifestyle afterwards and never look back on any such problems.