Laser Liposuction, Laser Lipolysis or Liposculpture
SmartLipo is a non-invasive procedure to remove excess fatty tissue that uses laser energy. No incisions are required to perform this procedure and therefore no general anesthesia is required. Smart Lipo may be used for certain areas of fat buildup that are difficult to address with typical invasive procedures, such as facial areas. It is generally performed in an outpatient mode and recovery time is usually within 24 hours. Desired results are usually achieved in one to three procedures. American Lipo Centers physicians have extensive knowledge, expertise, and experience with this procedure.
Laser liposuction was developed as an alternative to the manual method used in traditional and tumescent liposuction. It was also developed to help cosmetic surgeons target specific body parts that were difficult to access with the more traditional methods, but are perfectly suited to laser body sculpting. Laser liposuction, which is also known as liposculpture and laser lipolysis is somewhat different than traditional liposuction. In some techniques of laser liposuction, suction is used, while in others no actual suction is actually used. Instead of using the cannula to remove fatty deposits beneath the skin, the cannula actually houses a laser and the laser is used to literally melt the fat of the target area away. Once the fat has been liquefied using laser liposuction, it is drained from the body using tiny incisions or gently suctioned away. The procedure is considered gentler than other liposuction techniques because of the smaller cannula used and because of the smaller size of the incisions. This also means less scarring. Because of the heat used in the laser liposuction procedure, the body naturally reacts by contracting the tissues near procedure which causes the skin to tighten and become smoother.
These liposuction lasers are specially designed to target only fat cells, protecting muscle and nerve tissue. This precision often means less pain, faster healing and very little bruising after the procedure. Additionally, different companies have created liposuction lasers that use specific wavelength frequencies for optimal results. Because of the advanced technology and the high caliber of cosmetic surgeons that use the laser liposuction procedure, it can be more costly.
Laser liposuction offers the same contouring and visual improvement of traditional liposuction and is actually being used more often in small areas of treatment. Specifically, many liposuction surgeons opt to use laser liposuction on the chin, jowls or face of a patient because of the precision of the procedure and the great success. The excess pockets of fat that can develop in this area can be melted with precision and the tightening of the skin operates almost as a face or neck lift.
It’s important to understand the mechanics and some of the science behind laser liposculpture if you’re going to opt for this type of procedure. You should understand which technology your doctor plans to use and why it is beneficial and safe. So you’re optimally prepared for your laser liposuction procedure, we’ve developed these small snapshots of many of the technologies out in the laser lipo industry.
Fat in the Body
The body stores fat in different areas of the body. Fat is necessary as a storage area for energy that is derived from food, but it also acts as padding for organs in the body, and as insulation. Normal body fat mass varies, depending on the individual body type and metabolism. Excess fat develops for different reasons, but the psychological and physical implications often compel those who have excess fat to find ways to lessen or remove it, including invasive procedures such as liposuction and surgery.
The Smart Lipo Procedure
The targeted areas where the procedure is to be focused are marked and then anesthetized locally. According to Todd K. Malan, MD, who is a cosmetic surgeon, a laser-emitting device is directed on the fat deposits under the skin surface. The fat cells begin to break apart and liquefy. The liquefied fat then passes from the body through natural bodily processes. This procedure does not require invasive techniques, thereby reducing the time that is required to recover.
There are a number of different liposuction methods, some of which include:
- Dry Liposuction
- Wet & Super Wet Techniques
- Ultrasonic Assisted Liposuction (UAL)
- Power Assisted Techniques (PAL)