A member asked:

What benefits does laser liposuction have over conventional liposuction? i am wondering if it's worth the longer wait for results with laser as opposed to conventional liposuction. i am leaning towards the former due to the fact that it is not nearly as i

8 doctors weighed in across 4 answers
Dr. Richard Baxter answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Laser : Laser liposuction is more invasive than traditional liposuction, despite marketing hype that implies otherwise. To begin with, both involve tiny incisions, infusion of numbing solution, and suction of fat with instruments called cannulas. Both types of lipo can be done with any type of anesthesia. When the laser is used, it is also inserted under the skin and laser energy applied, which can cause burns and scarring. So by definition it is a more invasive procedure with additional risks. In some cases there can be a slight increase in skin tightening but not enough to be clinically significant for most patients.

Answered 10/4/2016


Dr. Azita Madjidi answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Mild tightening: The only advantage may be slight skin tightening with laser lipo but there is definitively greater risk of skin injury and burn with the laser liposuction.

Answered 2/13/2013


Dr. Dennis Dass answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Minimal benefits: Laser liposuction is conventional liposuction + the use of a laser under the skin. Laser is marketed to tighten the skin, but it probably does not improve the results over traditional liposuction and puts you at risk for getting burns. It is not less invasive and does not have a quicker recovery, this is just marketing. http://www.dassmd.com/liposuction/index.html.

Answered 8/17/2013


Dr. Francisco Agullo answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Few: Traditional tumescent liposuction is very effective. The use of laser or ultrasound helps in areas that have been previously liposuctioned.

Answered 1/5/2014



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