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

Few. Traditional tumescent liposuction is very effective. The use of laser or ultrasound helps in areas that have been previously liposuctioned.
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.
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.
Your . Your question raises an important issue and a very common misconception. Laser liposuction is still liposuction. While many people believe as you do, laser liposuction is not less invasive than traditional liposuction. The way laser liposuction is done, first an incision is made, then the laser is passed through the fat burning the fat on the inside. Then the fat is removed using traditional liposuction. In fact, laser liposuction is more invasive than traditional liposuction because of the use of the laser. The laser creates heat which can burn the skin from below. This is not possible with traditional liposuction, so there is less risk with traditional liposuction. Unfortunately, laser liposuction is very heavily marketed and made to sound like it is a small procedure. The truth is that liposuction using a laser (eg. Smart lipo, lipolite, etc) have more risk of a surgical complication than traditional liposuction. In the end, you should get advice from plastic surgeons certified by the american board of plastic surgery to help choose the procedure that is right for you.I hope this info helps! best regards, adam j rubinstein, md, facshttp://www.Dr-rubinstein.Com [http://www.Dr-rubinstein.Com]305-792-7575past chief, section of plastic surgery jackson north medical centeractive member, american society of plastic surgeonsactive member, american society for aesthetic plastic surgeryactive member, international society of aesthetic plastic surgeryfounding member, american society of bariatric plastic surgeonsactive member, american academy of anti-aging medicineconfidentiality notice: the information contained in this electronic message may be privileged and confidential, and may or may not contain sensitive and personal information, including identifiable health information, the confidentiality of which may be protected by federal and state law and is only for the use of the individual(s) or entity(ies) named on address line(s)above. This electronic message in no way substitutes for medical or cosmetic advice. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, the reader is hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited, and the reader is requested to notify dr. Rubinstein at 305-792-7575 or info@dr-rubinstein.Com [mailto:info@dr-rubinstein.Com] immediately and to delete the information. We assume no responsibility for consequences resulting from the information contained in this email.
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.