Liposuction is the process of removing excess fat in order to slim, reshape, and improve contour of specific areas of the body. Laser-assisted liposuction is a procedure that uses highly concentrated beams of light to liquefy deposits of fat before they are extracted.
At the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, we strive to be on the forefront of innovative techniques, and our laser treatments are no exception. Utilizing the newest technology allows our practice to reach the most consistent, natural results. Laser-assisted liposuction is safe, effective, and allows for significant precision in delicate areas of the body.
Laser-assisted liposuction is useful to treat a number of areas, including the neck, hips, thighs, buttocks, abdomen, arms, back, and calves.
As your body ages, it is natural to lose some firmness and begin to accumulate deposits of fat in some areas of the body. Liposuction can be an ideal way to get rid of unwanted excess fat, and the results can be long-lasting with a stable diet and general physical fitness.
Laser-assisted liposuction offers a few advantages over traditional liposuction, including smoother skin after recovery. If you think that you may be a candidate for liposuction, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of traditional or laser-assisted liposuction.
A candidate for laser-assisted liposuction should be in generally good physical health, a non-smoker, and lack any medical conditions that may hinder the ability to heal properly.
During a consultation with the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago, your plastic surgeon will review your medical history, including any known allergies or previous surgeries, to determine if you are a good candidate for laser-assisted liposuction. You and your plastic surgeon will review the entire process, including recovery time and potential associated risks. If you have any questions about the procedure, the consultation is the best time to ask.
Laser-assisted liposuction is performed in a similar way as traditional liposuction, with the notable exception that medical lasers are used prior to removing excess fat to first liquefy fatty deposits. This makes the process slightly less invasive, and is useful for delicate parts of the body.
After general anesthesia is administered and small incisions are made in the target areas, a thin laser fiber is inserted into the target area. The laser heats the fatty deposit, liquefying it before a cannula is inserted to suction out the melted fat.
Once the desired results are achieved, the incisions are closed with sutures and elastic bandages are applied to the site, both to reduce swelling and to compress the skin to the new contour.
Laser-assisted liposuction is an outpatient procedure; patients usually return home the same day of surgery. Your plastic surgeon will prescribe pain medications and give you specific instructions for care of the surgical site.
Some swelling and bruising are normal in the weeks that follow laser-assisted liposuction; it may take a few months to fully resolve and for the newly-shaped contours to develop, but results will be apparent shortly after the procedure is performed.
Once swelling and bruising have completely gone away, you will notice the skin of the target areas is tighter and firmer as new layers of skin form.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks associated with laser-assisted liposuction, which may include:
- Bruising and swelling
- Changes in skin sensation
- Asymmetrical contours
- Fluid accumulation
To minimize risk, you should always ensure that your plastic surgeon is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and that the procedure is being performed at an accredited hospital or surgical facility.
The costs associated with laser-assisted liposuction vary greatly depending on your location, the surgeon performing the procedure, the surgical center at which it is carried out, and your aesthetic goals. Your plastic surgeon should review the entire cost of laser-assisted liposuction with you during your consultation.
If you believe you may be an ideal candidate for laser-assisted liposuction, or if you have any questions about the procedure, please contact the Plastic Surgery Clinic of Chicago to schedule a consultation. We will review your medical history to ensure that you are a good candidate for laser-assisted liposuction, and will be happy to discuss any and all aspects of the process with you.