Laser lipolysis is a non-invasive fat reduction treatment that uses light energy to heat and damage targeted fat cells. Rather than using an incision to “suck” the fat from the body, laser targets unwanted fat cells by perforating the membrane with targeted heat. The fat cells ultimately shrink after releasing the stored fatty acids, glycerol, and water within the cells. Laser lipo does not permanently destroy the cells, but it shrinks the contents of the cells which results in a slimmer appearance.
Candidates for laser liposuction are generally only 25 pounds over their ideal body weight, with pockets of stubborn fat that are more of a concern than general body fat loss. Laser lipo also tends to work best on patients with good skin elasticity. While laser liposuction is not an alternative to diet and exercise, it does target specific areas of unwanted fat with minimal recovery time.
Laser liposuction carries slightly more risks than other non-surgical fat reduction treatments, depending on the treatment method the physician uses. Side effects of treatment can include redness, slight bruising or burns, and skin “bumpiness” that appears after treatment. These side effects can be mitigated by proper after-treatment care, choosing the right treatment for the targeted area of fat, and choosing a qualified physician and fat-reduction plan that is appropriate for your body.