Traditionally, liposuction is an invasive cosmetic procedure, requiring commitment in order to produce lasting effects. Not only is the treatment costly, but the recovery period can stretch into months. Offering the ability to break down the fat cells that diet and exercise cannot shift and physically removing the fatty contents, it’s a tempting procedure for many of us.
The process involves injecting a saline solution into the area to be treated under a general anesthetic. The fat cells are then broken up, which can involve the use of a high powered water jet, before inserting the vacuum tube. The tube is used to further break up the fatty deposits, and suck out the released fat. As you can imagine, with all of that going on under your skin, it can leave horrendous bruising and high levels of pain as you come out of the anesthetic. Liposuction, as with any major surgery, comes with risks, with the procedure not being recommended for those with diabetes, heart conditions, or high blood pressure.
The recovery process can take several months, with the first six weeks avoiding exercise or excessive movement. The postoperative bandaging must remain in place, and it can take up to six months to fully recover. There may be residual bruising and swelling that remains after this period, and you may even be left with scarring.
How Does Laser Liposuction Differ?
Often called laser lipolysis, laser liposuction is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to traditional liposuction. Promising a less invasive, less painful treatment, which eliminates the lengthy recovery process, it’s no wonder it’s popularity is growing.
As with traditional liposuction, laser lipo targets the areas where fat cells collect, specifically the thighs, buttocks, abdomen and arms, however sculpting the body using the heat from lasers shrinks the fat cells rather than surgically removing them, allowing the melted fat to be flushed away. However, as an added benefit, laser lipo has been shown to increase the body’s production of collagen, a protein required for giving the skin its elasticity, allowing the skin to shrink to ‘fit’ the new sculpted form.
Machines such as the Nu Lipo, which offers three laser treatment processes, produce consistently successful results, leaving clients happier about their appearance and with an improved sense of self-confidence
How Does Laser Liposuction Work?
The laser diodes are placed, by the technician, directly against the skin, either in the form of attachable pads, or a handheld ‘wand’, and the laser energy targets the fat cells in the area being worked on. Passing painlessly through the skin, the laser punctures the fat cells, allowing the fat to escape, and shrinking the now-empty cells. The liquefied fat is then flushed away via the lymphatic drainage system.
Depending on the size or number of areas being treated, a laser liposuction session can last between 20 and 40 minutes, with the appointments being scheduled every week for up to 6 to 8 weeks. With no pain, swelling or bruising afterwards, many clients can see positive results after just one or two sessions, and usually go straight back to work after a treatment.
Drink Plenty of Water
For an hour or two after their appointment, a few clients report feeling a little tired. This is because the melted fat has entered the bloodstream, prior to being harmlessly flushed away by the lymphatic system. As you’d imagine, keeping up the fluid intake during this period can eliminate any after effects, and can considerably increase the speed with which the fat and toxins are flushed out of the body.
Leaving you with a newly toned and sculpted body form, with no requirement for post-operative downtime, laser liposuction is the way forward when it comes to life-enhancing treatments.