Laser Liposuction Austin

Laser Liposuction at Beleza Medspa Austin TX.

What is Laser Liposuction?

Liposuction in any form involves removing fat from the body.  It used to be done only in the operating room under general anesthesia.  It involved using very large suction cannulas and results were variable.  In the 80s, liposuction under local anesthesia was developed.  It is now the preferred method  of liposuction using very small microcannulas.  It gives much better results with little to no downtime.   Around 2006, Smartlipo Laser Liposuction was invented.  This involved the insertion of a small laser fiber through the same incisions.  The heat generated by the laser caused skin tightening, melted fat and cauterized blood vessels.  We now have many different types of laser liposuction devices available.

So how is Laser Liposuction used?

Liposuction with a cannula is very effective to remove fat from anywhere on the body.  However it is not just about removing fat.  It is the condition of the fat layer that we leave that is more important.  This is very difficult to achieve, especially in areas with small amounts of fat.   Being too aggressive can leave unsightly grooves and dents.  Plus removing fat doesn’t do anything for the stretched out skin.  This is where laser liposuction comes in.  The heat generated by the laser liposuction helps to melt fat cells.  This fat can then be suctioned or allowed to drain out.  So the laser is perfect to melt fat in smaller areas and smooth out the fat in larger areas.   The heat generated by the laser also stimulates some immediate skin tightening and induces new collagen formation.   As a result, the overlying skin contracts to the new, smaller fat layer giving the perfect liposuction results we want!

How do I choose a laser liposuction procedure?

Smartlipo laser liposuction by Cynosure was the original laser on the market.  There are many competitors now like Slim Lipo, Cool Lipo, Pro Lipo, etc.  The only differences between these lasers involves the wavelength of light used and power.  Smartlipo MPX uses 1064 and 1320 wavelengths that have research to back their clinical effectiveness.  However, there are no studies to show the advantage of one laser over another.  Remember the effects of laser liposuction are due to heat delivery.  All of these lasers deliver heat to the fat and  skin.  It is the consensus among the liposuction community, that the laser is unimportant compared to the amount of heat delivered.  So it is the surgeon who is performing the procedure and his experience with laser liposuction that will give you the best results.

So what should I look for when choosing Laser Liposuction?

The main things to require for your  liposuction procedure include tumescent anesthesia, microcannula liposuction and laser liposuction.  These three components will give you the lowest risk of complications, the best results and fastest recovery.  Ask your surgeon specifically about each of these techniques and make sure he will be utilizing them.  Skipping any of them can effect your results and risk complications.

Is Laser Liposuction safe?

The effectiveness of the laser depends on heat delivery.  With the use of heat there is the risk of burns.  Many of the lasers now have temperature controls but this doesn’t replace the experience of the surgeon to prevent such complications.  Check your surgeon’s reviews, pictures, etc.  However, the incidence of burns from laser liposuction is very low and rare.

How fast will I see results from laser liposuction?

The heat generated from laser liposuction will cause some immediate skin tightening.  However with the swelling and loss of fat it will be hard to see for several days.   As the swelling subsides and skin tightens, you will begin seeing the smooth, smaller fat layer and tighter skin.  This is the fun part as you see more and more results everyday!  It usually takes 3-4 weeks to begin to see where you will settle down and 3-6 months for final results.

More about Smartlipo Laser Liposuction here.