As surgical technology and knowledge advances it seems that there’s a newer and better beauty treatment or cosmetic surgery procedure to help us improve our appearance or combat the processes of ageing arriving on the scene almost daily.
Conventional liposuction, the procedure by which excess body fat is removed via a tube attached to a vacuum-like surgical device, has been used successfully as a cosmetic surgery treatment for more than twenty years. Now, this technique has been refined and improved with the advent of laser liposuction (or simply ‘laser lipo’) and, since liposuction is not available on the National Health Service, increasing numbers of private cosmetic surgery clinics are offering laser lipo deals.
Interested in finding out more about the revolutionary new technique of laser liposuction and how it can help with bingo wings, flabby tummies or ‘fuller’ thighs? Here’s our guide to everything you wanted to know about laser lipo.
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What exactly is laser liposuction?
Rather than an entirely new procedure, laser liposuction is the latest advancement in the already tried and proven field of liposuction which is regarded by many cosmetic surgeons to offer improved result over the original procedure.
There are two types of laser lipo procedure. With internal laser liposuction, the area to be treated is filled with a dilute anaesthetic solution before a fine cannula (tube) containing a laser is inserted. The laser operates at different light wavelengths in order to break down or ‘melt’ fat prior to its removal by suction.
In the case of external laser liposuction the laser is applied non-invasively via the use of a pen-like instrument or a pad to break down fat before the surgical procedure begins.
The benefits of opting for laser lipo over conventional liposuction are that the introduction of a laser is claimed to stimulate collagen production which helps to tighten and retract the skin following fat removal. Breaking down the fat prior to removal also means that less forceful suction is required to extract it.
Am I suitable for laser lipo?
Laser liposuction may not be suitable for everyone. It should be borne in mind that laser lipo is not a weight-loss procedure; rather it’s a means of reshaping body areas by targeting and removing stubborn fatty deposits, helping patients to obtain a more desireable figure.
To be ideally suited for laser liposuction a patient must be eighteen years of age or older, should be in good health, should not be on recurrent or ongoing medication which may interfere with the procedure and should have maintained a stable weight for at least six months. It’s also necessary to be realistic about the likely results of laser lipo and to obtain a full understanding of the procedure and what it entails prior to undergoing surgery.
Are there any risks or side effects with laser liposuction?
Any type of surgery carries inherent risks but laser lipo is generally considered to be safe and effective providing that patients meet the suitability criteria. By its nature, laser liposuction carries with it the risk of skin burns but the more practised and experienced the surgeon who performs the procedure, the lower any risks associated with surgery will be.
Post-operative tenderness is an inevitable after-effect of surgery but can be managed with painkillers and the worst will begin to subside after forty-eight hours or so although discomfort may be experienced for up to a fortnight. The operation site will appear noticeably bruised although this will be significantly less than the bruising usually associated with conventional liposuction.
How much does laser lipo cost?
The cost of laser liposuction will vary depending upon the treatment you require and the clinic you attend. Generally treatment of a single area may cost from £1,000 upwards but prices can be extremely competitive between clinics and laser lipo deals are becoming easier to find on the internet.
Remember that price alone should not be the single deciding factor when choosing a cosmetic surgery provider; the skill and experience of the surgeon and the level of pre and post-operation care and the experiences of patients who have already undergone the procedure should also be taken into consideration.
How long do the results last?
Laser liposuction is a very effective treatment and offers long-term results. However, the procedure is not an alternative to managing fat and weight via a sensible diet and exercise. However, the results of laser lipo, once any associated post-op swelling has subsided, are immediately noticeable and patients should enjoy the confidence-boost and feeling of wellbeing that a shapelier and better-contoured body-shape brings.
About the author
John is a freelance feature writer from the UK.