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.

What are Liposuction Alternatives?

There are a dizzying array of procedures to remove fat and contour your body these days.  It is not only confusing for the patient but for the doctor too!   We do know that liposuction is the gold standard for removing fat.  At the end of the procedure you will see the fat in the canisters and the results will follow shortly.  Liposuction is surgery and a minimally invasive procedure.  The tumescent technique (under local anesthesia)  liposuction with microcanulas is safe, easy and has a quick recovery with the most impressive results but it is still liposuction. Most patients go through it just fine and are amazed at how it was so different than what they thought it would be like. It is essentially painless and easy to undergo with patients returning to work in just 2 days.   The additions of lasers like Smartlipo have even improved results further.  The heat from the Smartlipo laser can be used to smooth out the fat and induce skin tightening.   I have performed this procedure on many patients who would be traditionally treated by tummy tuck (abdominoplasty).  We have seen remarkable results in terms of tightening loose skin and avoiding the cost, incision and recovery of a tummy tuck.

However there are many patients who would prefer to do something less invasive but still improve their body contour.  The good thing is that non invasive procedures are becoming more effective,  Of course, none of these procedures are for weight loss.  If you are obese, a medical weight loss program would be your best bet before doing any of these.

ZERONA is an FDA cleared alternative to liposuction, which reduces inches with no pain, no surgery and no downtime. Patients are losing between 3.6 to 5.5 inches and many are seeing even greater results when combined with a sensible diet and exercise program.  Zerona is the perfect way to lose stubborn body fat from: neck, love handles, arms, hips, back/bra‐line, thighs, tummy/waistline and knees in this fast pace world we live in. After just six 40 minute Zerona treatments you will see inches melt away. And best of all there is no recovery or downtime so you can resume all your normal activities immediately after each treatment.

CoolSculpting doesn’t burn, shatter or extract any cells. Developed by Harvard scientists, the unique, FDA-cleared, patented procedure uses a targeted cooling process that kills the fat cells underneath the skin, literally freezing them to the point of elimination. Only fat cells are frozen. Your healthy skin cells remain, well, healthy. No knives. No suction hoses. No needles. No scars. Once crystallized, the fat cells die and are naturally eliminated from your body.Unlike a lot of other procedures, CoolSculpting takes very little time and is pretty simple to fit into your daily life. After your CoolSculpting treatment you can typically get right back to your busy day. Each treatment lasts one hour – the same time you might spend at the gym. So you can easily fit your appointment into a lunch break.  After one visit, you’ll typically see a noticeable reduction of fat. It takes a few months to fully realize the effects, mainly because it takes that long for your body to naturally dispose of the fat cells. And yes, you can lose even more with additional Coolsculpting appointments if you and your doctor deem it necessary.

HCG Diet Medical Weight loss works through use of a hormone that is naturally produced in the body, and a very low calorie diet (VLCD). The hormone has many functions and is used medically to treat a variety of conditions.  It is the pregnancy hormone that almost completely controls metabolic functions, and allows the body to mobilize fat and use it as energy for both mother and fetus. This acts as a “fail-safe” mechanism when energy is needed immediately. For weight loss, we use small amounts of this hormone to capitalize on this same mechanism. Using it in this way does NOT mimic pregnancy; in fact, it can be safely used by both adult men and women.   The combination of the HCG and VLCD allows you to lose a remarkable amount of weight in a short time safely.  I look at this as a nutritional ‘boot camp’ that will teach you how to eat properly and keep the weight off.  We are looking to change your life and how you approach food, not just another ‘diet’.

So I have tried to discuss some of the current alternatives to liposuction.  I advise you to do your research and come in for a free consultation to help you decide whats best for you.



Smartlipo laser Liposuction:

HCG Medical Weight Loss:

Venus Freeze:

Zerona Laser: