Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Laser lipolysis is a non-surgical alternative to other fat removal procedures, such as liposuction.
It uses fibre-optic lasers to melt the body fat, leaving you with a thinner, more contoured and sculpted appearance.
You can have laser lipolysis on numerous areas of the body, including the chin, neck, lateral chest, upper and lower abdomen, waist and hips, buttocks, thighs, knees, calves and lower back. You can even have laser lipolysis on multiple areas of the body in one session.
There are numerous benefits to undergoing laser lipolysis.
As laser lipolysis is performed under a local anaesthetic, it poses fewer risks than tradition liposuction, which is performed under a general anaesthetic. It is a non-surgical procedure, so you will not have any scars as a result of the procedure. It also encourages the production of collagen, improving the appearance of the skin. Finally, there is little recovery time, as it is a non-invasive procedure.
You will be a suitable candidate for laser lipolysis if you have stubborn areas of fat which you have been unable to lose through traditional methods such as exercise and healthy eating.
It is recommended that you be at or close to your ideal weight when undergoing this procedure.
You will need to have realistic expectations about what the procedure can achieve. Prior to undergoing surgery, you will also have to stop smoking for at least one month. You will also need to stop taking any blood thinning medication.
You will need to be at least 18 years old to undergo this procedure.
You will not be suitable for laser lipolysis if you are significantly overweight. This procedure is not considered a suitable alternative for weight loss.
You will also be unable to undergo this procedure if you are currently pregnant.
Before having laser lipolysis, you will need to attend a consultation with one of the surgeons. They will be able to assess your suitability for this procedure, or they may recommend that you are better suited for an alternative treatment.
Before undergoing the procedure, a local anaesthetic will be injected into the treatment area to ensure you feel minimal discomfort throughout the procedure. The surgeon will also make markings on your skin.
The surgeon will then make a very small incision in the area where the lipolysis is taking place. The laser will then be inserted through the incision and into the top layer of skin. The laser will then be moved around at different angles. The previously injected local anaesthetic should stop you feeling any discomfort, however, you may feel hot or cold sensations. The laser then causes the fat to break down. Depending on how much fat there was, the fat will either be vacuumed out or it will be naturally metabolised by the body.
The treatment will take between one to two hours, depending on how much fat there was and the area of the body which was being treated.
Laser lipolysis is performed as a day procedure, so you will be able to leave and return home once the treatment has finished.
After the procedure, you may experience some swelling and bruising, which will subside after a few days. You may wish to take painkillers during this period to help with any symptoms.
You will be given antibiotics which you will need to take to avoid complications such as infection.
You may have to take one or two days off work to fully recover. You will also have to avoid any strenuous physical activity for around one week.
You may start to see some results right away, such as tightened skin. However, most results will become visible after six to eight weeks.
Laser lipolysis is a non-invasive way to reduce fat pockets from areas of the body. It involves the use of lasers which melts the body fat. This body fat is then either vacuumed or naturally metabolised by the body. This procedure will leave you with a thinner, more sculpted appearance.
Laser lipolysis is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that relies on lasers which use heat to melt fat, which is then removed or metabolised by the body.
Liposuction is considered to be a surgical procedure, which will be performed under either a local or general anaesthetic. This involves using cannulas and tubes which will suck the fat from the body. As this is a surgical procedure, it will involve a longer recovery period.
Once the fat has been targeted with the laser, it will either be vacuumed out of the body. Otherwise, the fat will be left in the body, and it is naturally metabolised and flushed out by your lymphatic system. This will often depend on how much fat is being removed; if there is a large amount of fat, it will be vacuumed.
You may experience some swelling, bruising and redness for the first few days following your procedure. You may wish to take pain medication during this time.
You may have to take one or two days off work to fully recover.
We recommend avoiding strenuous physical exercise for at least one week following the laser lipolysis.