Laser liposuction: Is it for you?

Let us be honest – sometimes those pockets of fats around your body that continue to stay forever regardless of all your workouts and your dietary plans can make you feel lumpy, disappointed and low. And then one day that big commercial board in the city catches your attention. Laser liposuction – laser away fat from your body; throw it out of your life quickly and in a non-surgical way! And then you can never stop thinking about it.

Is it good for your body, how much does it cost, what does liposuction really mean, what are its side-effects are just some of the questions you must have answers to before you decide to enter into a laser liposuction clinic.

Laser liposuction, medically referred to as laser-assisted liposuction was first introduced commercially in 2007 by SmartLipo. Ever since then, many players have entered the market today and have made this industry grow by leaps and bounds – such as Cool Lipo, Slim Lipo and ProLipo Plus.

What does laser liposuction really mean, you would ask? This is perhaps the top cosmetic surgical laser lipo procedure and the most common one in United States and many other countries. Other less popular liposuction surgeries and procedures include ultrasound liposuction and water liposuction. Laser liposuction in simple terms means using laser to suck out fat from your body. In this procedure, outpatients are treated using local or sedative anesthesia based on the level of fat that needs to be lipo sucked. How it works is that laser helps in heating the layers of fat under the skin and converts it into a semi-soft mass that is then easily removed through liposuction.

In detail, the process starts with injecting some fluid in the layer of fat that needs to be removed. This fluid consists of anesthetic, saline and epinephrine. After injecting this fluid, laser is applied to the same area and the burnt fat is sucked out of the body using thin tubes that are inserted in the body through tiny incisions.

One of the advantages of laser liposuction is the fact that when laser is passed through the skin, it not only burns the deposited fat but also stimulates the production of collagen, the primary structural protein in the skin. As the body ages, it loses its capability o produce adequate amount of collagen. Laser liposuction accelerates this process, which further improves the appearance of the skin and makes you look younger.

Laser liposuction can be used of a number of body parts such as abdomen, thighs, knees, arms, legs, neck, face, etc. In males, it is extensively used for treating male breasts. It can work really well for you if you are about 20 per cent overweight or less. Note that it is not a treatment for obesity and you must be in a good physical condition to undergo this treatment.

As far as the cost of laser liposuction goes, it can vary greatly based on the body area you want to treat, the amount of fat you want to remove and the country you get the procedure done. Again the clinic and the surgeon you use can charge different rates, so it is best to do your research well before deciding on the one.

Roughly, the cost can range from $4000 to $5000 for abdomen (upper or lower), around $4000 for knees, $3000 for thighs and the surrounding area, $5000 for buttocks, $3000 for face or neck, etc.

The other thing you must carefully consider before going for such kind of treatment is the side-effects of laser liposuction. Irregularities in skin contour, fluid collection under the skin, serious infections, body scars, burns and blisters are just some very common side-effects of laser liposuction. Of the serious side-effects is death of fat cells, referred to as fat necrosis, which is a big side effect of using laser on the body.

Unlike traditional non-surgical liposuction, laser liposuction is a surgical procedure and hence, it is important that the surgeon performing the procedure on you is experienced, understands body contours and is aware of different levels of fat removal using laser liposuction that will give you the desired results.

Competition in this industry is so fierce that everyone is trying to win clients by hook or crook. This is where doing thorough research becomes all the more important to be sure that you are not falling prey to bad surgeons and liposuction clinics but choose the best if you have made the decision, even if it means shedding a little more cash.



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