Laser liposuction (or laser-assisted liposuction) is a revolutionary and minimally invasive procedure for the removal of fat using the high-powered Lipotherme™ laser to sculpt body contours. In addition to removing unwanted fat, the laser’s thermal effect causes the skin to contract, resulting in firmer, smoother skin. Although laser liposuction cannot completely replace traditional liposuction, it is a promising alternative for many plastic surgery patients looking to remove small pockets of fat. The procedure requires only a local anesthetic and involves virtually no downtime for recovery. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about laser liposuction in Reno.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Laser Liposuction?
A: Laser liposuction is a safe, effective procedure that uses a Lipotherme™ laser (similar to those used in surgical procedures) to liquefy and remove unwanted fat in targeted body zones. In addition to removing unwanted fat, Lipotherme’s thermal effect causes the skin to contract, resulting in firmer, smoother skin that further enhances your body-shaping goals. The clinical term for this type of procedure is laser-assisted lipolysis, which is an evolution of traditional liposuction.
Q: How does Lipotherme™ work?
A: Your plastic surgeon will first administer a mild numbing agent to the targeted body zone. Then a small metal tube called a cannula is inserted under the skin and a tiny laser beam is fired as the plastic surgeon moves the cannula back and forth. As the laser warms the fat cells, it creates a thermal effect. Fat cells, which are highly receptive to thermal energy, are liquefied and removed permanently. As an added benefit of Lipotherme™, the heat produced creates a skin tightening effect, thus helping create a more balanced skin texture.
Q: What body zones can be treated with Lipotherme?
A: Lipotherme can be used to treat the following areas:
- Waist (Love Handles)
- Back (Bra Line)
- Thighs (Inner and outer)
- Hips (Saddle Bags)
- Face (chin and cheeks)
- Arms (Back of arms)
Q: What are the benefits to laser liposuction or laser-assisted lipolysis?
A: Lipotherme™ is the ideal body-shaping tool for reducing localized fat deposits in areas that are resistant to exercise and diet. Liportherme™ allows your plastic surgeon to selectively target unwanted fat deposits and eliminate them. You’ll see an overall circumference reduction in the targeted zones, as well as skin tightening in the treated area.
Q: Is Lipotherme™ the same thing as traditional liposuction?
A: Lipotherme™ and liposuction are both highly effective procedures for the removal of unwanted fat, however, Lipotherme™ laser lipolysis is a minimally invasive procedure with virtually no downtime. Traditional liposuction is considered highly invasive and may require several days or even weeks of downtime. In addition Lipotherme™ is excellent for treating areas traditional liposuction can’t treat such as bra line, under the knees, chin, and ankles. Depending on your goal and physical condition, Lipotherme™ can be an alternative to traditional liposuction, or your plastic surgeon may recommend a combination of Lipotherme™ with traditional liposuction.
Q: How soon will I see results and how long will my results last?
A: Typically you’ll see dramatic improvement within one to two weeks after the treatment, but some areas such as the neck and jaw can see even faster results. Because healing and metabolism rates are different with everyone, results following a laser lipo treatment usually require 12 to 16 weeks to become apparent, and improvements continue to be seen for several months.
Q: Is this a “one time” treatment?
A: Primarily, laser lipo treatments are considered one-time treatments. In adults, fat cells can’t grow back once they have been removed. If you gain weight after Lipotherme™, the excess fat will accumulate in areas that you did not have treatment. After the final results are achieved, if your physician is not satisfied with the results a “touch up” treatment may be performed.
Q: Is there a recuperation period?
A: Typically you can resume normal activities the day after treatment. It is, however, recommended that you wait several days before resuming strenuous activity such as exercising.
Q. Is Lipotherme™ safe?
A: Yes! Lipotherme™ has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the United States.
Q: Is there anyone who is not a good candidate for Lipotherme™?
A: Yes. Women who are pregnant should not undergo this kind of treatment. Your doctor will ask you to fill out a patient questionnaire and list all medications you are currently taking. Dr. Talbott will advise you of any potential health risks.
Interested in laser liposuction? Contact Talbott Plastic Surgery Center in Reno, NV today to schedule a consultation.