Laser fat removal is one of the latest technologies used to remove unwanted fat from parts of the body. This is the stubborn type of fat that lingers even after the patient has lost weight through regular diet and exercise. The most common places to find this lingering fat are the buttocks, thighs, hips, abdomen, the upper arms and under the chin.
Another term for laser fat removal is laser lipolysis, and it’s often used in conjunction with traditional liposuction. In traditional liposuction, a surgeon makes small incisions in the area where fat cells are to be removed. He or she then inserts a cannula and swipes it back and forth. As this happens, fat cells are sucked out of the area. One drawback of liposuction is that the skin above the removed fat cells can sag, which might necessitate even more surgery like a tummy tuck.
The benefit of laser fat removal is that it not only uses a fiber optic laser to literally melt the unwanted fat, but it helps to prevent the remaining skin from sagging. It can do this because the body perceives the application of the laser as an injury to itself. Therefore, it’s stimulated to produce collagen and send it to the area of the injury. Collagen itself is a protein found throughout the body that lies like a cushion beneath the skin and keeps it both flexible and taut.
Laser Fat Removal
Laser fat removal is similar to liposuction, though after the fat is melted and taken out with the cannula another laser is reinserted into the area. This is what prompts the body into making more collagen to help the area heal and for the skin to tighten up. Most patients are very pleased with the results of both their fat removal and their skin not sagging as much after the procedure.
The after effects of laser fat removal are similar to those of traditional liposuction. The patient might experience some bruising and swelling for a few days after the procedure. Because laser is used, there might also be discomfort because of mild burns. But any pain or discomfort can be controlled with pain medications. Cold compresses can also be applied to the area after the operation.
Also, because both laser fat removal and liposuction are considered elective procedures, most health insurance doesn’t cover them. A patient and her doctor can set up payment schedules to help pay for the operation.