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Laser-assisted liposuction is an FDA approved, minimally invasive procedure for ablating and melting unwanted fat. The technique involves the use of laser energy delivered to the target fatty tissue. The laser is tuned to a frequency that melts fat cells and also stimulates tightening of the skin. Laser-assisted liposuction requires the use of tumescent local anesthesia, and does not require general anesthesia, although some patients choose to have some additional intravenous sedation. There is minimal downtime and recovery takes only a few days.
After researching various equipment which performs laser-assisted liposuction, we have selected Sciton’s ProLipo Plus laser for it’s versatility and power to achieve the best overall results. In addition to ablating and melting fat, Pro Lipo Plus also tightens skin through its collagen remodeling and neoformation effects.
Healthy individuals with localized fatty areas resistant to diet and exercise are potentially excellent candidates.
Unhealthy individuals with underlying systemic medical illnesses are not suited to undergo Pro Lipo. Individuals with excessively loose skin, excessive visceral fat or patients with unrealistic expectations regarding the procedure would also not be good candidates.
Laser liposuction can be used to treat the following areas:
Depending on the amount of targeted fatty tissue, a few liters of fat can potentially be removed during a treatment session.
As with all lipotreatment modalities, destruction of fat during a treatment session is partial, not complete. Removal of all fat in the fat space would juxtapose skin directly over muscle. Obviously, if an individual gains weight, the fat will more likely accumulate in areas not treated. The best way to maintain results following a Pro Lipo treatment session is to maintain a healthy diet and exercise regimen.
It is most safely performed using the tumescent anesthesiologic technique. This technique involves injecting dilute local anesthetic solution containing epinephrine into the targeted fat space. Once the fat space is completely numb, a cannula containing a laser fiber is passed through small openings in the skin. When the laser system is fired, the laser energy is absorbed by the targeted fatty areas resulting in destruction of the fat cells. The laser also produces skin tightening through its remodeling and neoformation of dermal collagen. A treatment session usually takes 2-4 hours to perform, and routinely involves some method of fat suctioning.
Patients usually experience only mild pain and bruising following their treatment session. Tylenol and oral narcotic analgesics for a couple of days provide adequate postoperative pain relief. Compression garments are worn for a week or so to decrease swelling, bruising, and discomfort. All patients are able to resume their normal activities within a few days following a ProLipo treatment session, including return to work.
Results are immediate if significant fat suctioning treatment modalities were also used during the treatment session. Shrinkage, tightening, and compacting of the fat space occurs over several weeks. Remodeling and neoformation of collagen to produce skin tightening occurs slowly over weeks to months.
The number of focal areas of adiposity comprising distinct body treatment areas for Pro Lipo ranges from 1-2, to as many as 6 or more. Much depends on whether Pro Lipo treatment areas can be consolidated into one treatment session, or several treatment sessions are required. Staged treatments usually require a 3-6 month recovery period before a second Pro Lipo treatment session is performed on a given body treatment area.
ProLipo treatment sessions are cosmetic in nature, and not covered by any insurance companies.
Prices for Pro Lipo are usually based on the number of body treatment areas, the amount of localized fat, and whether other lipotreatment modalities will also be performed during a Pro Lipo treatment session. Patients will receive a price quote in writing before undergoing a Pro Lipo treatment session.