Laser Lipo: Safety
Part of why laser lipo surgery is so safe is because of the fact that it is performed under only local anesthesia. This way the patient does not feel any pain while the procedure is being performed without having to be unconscious. The local anesthesia is severely diluted and injected under the person’s skin. This results in swollen and firm tissue. Epinephrine is also added as a diluted solution in order to minimize the amount of bleeding which occurs as well as helping to remove as much fat as possible from the target areas.
In one of these procedures the patient’s skin is first numbed with an injection of the local anesthetic mixture. Tiny incisions are made in the skin after the anesthesia has had time to work and numb the patient thoroughly in the area that is being worked on. The incisions are only around three to six mm each, making them barely noticeable after the procedure has been performed. The very thin tiny tube or cannula is inserted into the skin and is moved in a back and forth motion in an effort to dissolve as many of the fat cells as possible so they rupture and can be drained out easily.
Laser Lipo Fat Extraction
The fat is in then extracted with the use of suction through the long tube or cannula, pushing through each of the fat layers to create tunnels which make reshaping the area much easier to do. This is repeated until that stage of the procedure has been completed.
There have been various modifications to the state-of-the-art laser lipo technique, including cutting the cannula which is referred to as a “liposhaver” and it utilizes ultrasound in order to completely get rid of the fat deposits in the part of the body that is being worked on. The patient is awake throughout this procedure and completely comfortable in all respects.
Laser Lipo Surgery Length
The overall length of time which is required to complete a procedure like this depends almost entirely on the patient. If there are any complications whatsoever during the procedure it will most likely take longer. You will find that a vast majority of these laser liposuction procedures take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours depending on the circumstances. If you are having multiple procedures performed at one time, you will obviously have to wait longer until they are all completed. The amount of time it takes depends on the part of the body that is being worked on and how much fat is being removed.
Laser Lipo Surgery Benefits
The energy from the laser which is being used for this procedure interacts with the skin in such a way as to shrink it and as a result tighten the skin so there are no loose parts like with traditional liposuction. Because the cannula which that is used is so small, it causes a minimal amount of trauma/damage to the body and therefore the procedure can be performed under a local anesthetic. Only small incisions are made in the skin, so those who get one of these procedures done will barely notice where they were. There are also very few side-effects associated with laser liposuction procedures like these and therefore are extremely safe.
Another one of the primary benefits to this type of liposuction procedure is that only one session is required to treat the areas being worked on.
After Laser Lipo™ Surgery
Following the laser liposuction procedure, the patient will be required to wear special compression garments for up to three weeks in order to speed along the healing process. With the help of these garments, the person who gets this type of work done will be able to heal much faster and with few issues. These garments can be removed during bathing exactly one day after the procedure.
There are some mild side-effects which can occur after the surgery, including a prickling and/or burning sensation in the areas which have been treated with laser liposuction. These sensations can occur up to one month. Swelling is one of the more common side-effects which are to be expected, though with laser liposuction it is usually limited. By wearing the unique compression garments which are made out of an elastic material, you will be able to benefit from them with regards to quick healing.
One of the best things about laser liposuction is that the incisions which are made are extremely small and hardly noticeable at all, even after the procedure has been completed. They somewhat resemble a mosquito bite with regards to the size and most of the time no sutures are required either.
Patients that undergo laser liposuction may experience minor bleeding afterwards around the incision sites; however most of the time the bleeding is not serious and does not require a return trip to the doctor’s office. With the help of compression garments, bleeding is kept to an absolute minimum. Those who choose not to wear the compression garments will most likely find that accumulation of blood as well as other fluids can easily become a problem.
Laser Lipo Surgery & Pain
Another one of the great things about choosing laser liposuction is that it is a painless procedure which comes with a very minimal period of downtime. This means that patients who get this type of work done will be able to return to their regular activities just a day or two after the procedure itself.
Those who undergo Laser Lipo™ do not need to stay in the hospital overnight; in fact most patients who get this type of liposuction can go home just a few short hours after the procedure has been completed. Although patients might feel a slight soreness or bruising in the areas that have been worked on, it is usually relatively minor.
Bruising is to be expected after the procedure and it usually goes away within 10 days to two weeks depending on the areas which have been worked on and the actual patient. There are certain measures which are taken during the procedure to minimize both bruising and soreness.
There are certain patients who lose sensation in the areas which are worked on; however most people find that the feeling returns very shortly after the anesthetic wears off.
Laser Lipo Surgery Considerations
Because a local anesthetic is used for all Laser Lipo™ procedures, it is considered to be extremely safe. There have been multiple studies into laser liposuction and none of them have uncovered people who have died as a result of the procedure itself.
However, like with any surgery, Laser Lipo surgery risks include:
- Blood clots
- Excess fluid and blood accumulation
- Shock (if too much fat is removed)
- Perforation (rare)
- Damage superficial nerves
When you take the time to choose the right surgeon to do this type of work, you will significantly increase your chances of getting the kind of results you are looking for.
Top Questions to ask your Laser Lipo Surgeon
- What are your qualifications?
- How much experience do you have doing this operation? How many times have you done this laser lipo?
- What are the alternatives to laser lipo surgery?
- Am I a good candidate for laser lipo surgery? What results can I expect from laser lipo surgery?
- What other medical staff will assist with the laser lipo? Will you be performing the whole laser lipo surgery?
- Where will my laser lipo surgery be performed?
- What type of anesthesia will be used during the laser lipo surgery?
- What are the risks associated with laser lipo surgery? What is the complication rate of laser lipo surgery?
- Can I see before and after pictures of patients on whom you have performed laser lipo surgery? Can you provide me with references to patients on whom you have performed laser lipo surgery?
- How much will the laser lipo surgery cost? What is the exact breakdown of fees for my laser lipo surgery? Will my insurance cover any of these fees?
- How long will it take me to recover after laser lipo surgery? To drive or go back to work? To exercise?
- Do you have malpractice insurance?