Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Is laser lipolysis the best variant of liposuction for removing fat from my body?
- Can laser assisted liposuction be combined with other body slimming procedures before or after treatment?
- How many body parts can I treat with laser lipolysis at once?
Pre-procedure prep for laser liposuction: During the week before laser assisted liposuction, smoking, vitamins, and medications (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc) that increase bleeding should be stopped altogether. Your physician will be able to tell you exactly what you can and can't take, and whether any pre-lipo blood work or health tests need to be performed.
On the day of treatment: Bring loose clothing with you to your laser lipolysis treatment. You'll want to slip into comfortable garb afterwards.
What To Expect
The laser itself is housed within a tiny metal tube called a cannula, measuring about one to two millimeters in diameter. This is the same device which facilitates the removal of fat during liposuction alone, only half the size. To start, a mixture of saline and local anesthetic is delivered under the skin, followed by the insertion of the ultra-thin tube through an equally small incision.
Once in place, the laser delivers heat to emulsify the fat, theoretically making it easier to dispel through the tubular fiber. Any remaining liquefied fat that doesn't get sucked from the body right away is then drained naturally through the lymphatic system, which is the body's network responsible for fluid removal. SmartLipo, for example, can burn up to 3.5 liters in one session-for perspective, think of a two two-liter bottle, filled with liquefied fat.
Who should do it: A cosmetic doctor must be board certified to own and operate laser liposuction devices. The clinic must be certified to harbor the machinery as we ll.
Duration: A single session can take 30-45 minutes, whereas concurrent treatment of the thighs, hips, and back may take up to three hours. Treatments can also be spread out over two to three visits if several parts are to be sculpted.
How Painful Is It?
Laser lipolysis claims to be less painful than traditional liposuction since the incision is significantly smaller. However, discomfort can linger following treatment.
Options for anesthesia: Unlike standard liposuction, which requires general anesthesia, laser lipolysis is performed under local anesthesia only.