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What is laser liposuction?
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Dr. Robert Alexander
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Laser Assisted LPS
Uses certain laser frequencies to help liquify and heat the fat and subskin areas (theoretically to tighten the skin).
Results are not significantly different that with syringe or low pressure machine lps. Major marketing claims better results, but clinical experience suggests that laser and ultrasound uses are not of great advantage, and usually cost more. Many use both.

In brief: Laser Assisted LPS
Uses certain laser frequencies to help liquify and heat the fat and subskin areas (theoretically to tighten the skin).
Results are not significantly different that with syringe or low pressure machine lps. Major marketing claims better results, but clinical experience suggests that laser and ultrasound uses are not of great advantage, and usually cost more. Many use both.
Dr. Robert Alexander
Dr. Robert Alexander
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
3 doctors agree
In brief: Smartlipo
Laser liposuction, or smartlipo, is the use of laser before performing the liposuction to reduce bleeding, promote skin tightening, and help remove fibrous and fatty tissue.
In my experience, the use of laser in liposuction allows for a greater degree of skin tightening.

In brief: Smartlipo
Laser liposuction, or smartlipo, is the use of laser before performing the liposuction to reduce bleeding, promote skin tightening, and help remove fibrous and fatty tissue.
In my experience, the use of laser in liposuction allows for a greater degree of skin tightening.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Richard Tholen
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Another tool
Much more important than the hammer and chisel used is the sculptor you choose.
Any idiot with the tools above can put marble chips on the floor, but there are very few michaelangelos out there! nothing wrong with laser lipo, but it does not turn poor surgeons into experts! and if it truly "tightened" skin or "sealed vessels" then excessive scar tissue, rippling, and fibrosis may result. Caution!

In brief: Another tool
Much more important than the hammer and chisel used is the sculptor you choose.
Any idiot with the tools above can put marble chips on the floor, but there are very few michaelangelos out there! nothing wrong with laser lipo, but it does not turn poor surgeons into experts! and if it truly "tightened" skin or "sealed vessels" then excessive scar tissue, rippling, and fibrosis may result. Caution!
Dr. Richard Tholen
Dr. Richard Tholen
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
I agree. The best liposuction results are achieved by trained, skilled surgeons. The actual instrument, with or without a laser, is irrelevant. However, advanced technology in the hands of the untrained is a recipe for disaster.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: SmartLipo
Smartlipo is a laser based liposuction where a tiny incision is made in the skin and a small laser fiber destroys the fat cell and causes the skin to retract.
It is the most effective form of liposuction as well as the least painful. Be careful though... Many centers advertise smartlipo without actually owning the device. To find a provider click on this link: http://www.Cynosure.Com/patients/.

In brief: SmartLipo
Smartlipo is a laser based liposuction where a tiny incision is made in the skin and a small laser fiber destroys the fat cell and causes the skin to retract.
It is the most effective form of liposuction as well as the least painful. Be careful though... Many centers advertise smartlipo without actually owning the device. To find a provider click on this link: http://www.Cynosure.Com/patients/.
Dr. Daniel Careaga
Dr. Daniel Careaga
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Dr. Joseph Mele
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Lipo with Lasers
Laser liposuction is liposuction with the additional step of shining a laser under the skin before aspirating.
This adds time and danger (heat) the the procedure without any demostrated benefit. Fat is pretty soft, so lasers, ultrasound, r-f is not necessary. It also does not seem to signifantly tighten the skin when compared to tumescent liposuction. See article: http://bit.Ly/i20fxf

In brief: Lipo with Lasers
Laser liposuction is liposuction with the additional step of shining a laser under the skin before aspirating.
This adds time and danger (heat) the the procedure without any demostrated benefit. Fat is pretty soft, so lasers, ultrasound, r-f is not necessary. It also does not seem to signifantly tighten the skin when compared to tumescent liposuction. See article: http://bit.Ly/i20fxf
Dr. Joseph Mele
Dr. Joseph Mele
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Dr. John Di Saia
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Laser Lipo?
Laser liposuction is a popular "add on" for liposuction to melt the fat before it is suctioned from the body.
It sounds very high tech, but as it turns out it does not help much in the outcome except in very specialized circumstances. It does raise the price for the surgery though as the equipment is more expensive than in standard liposuction. http://www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com/blog/?p=6177.

In brief: Laser Lipo?
Laser liposuction is a popular "add on" for liposuction to melt the fat before it is suctioned from the body.
It sounds very high tech, but as it turns out it does not help much in the outcome except in very specialized circumstances. It does raise the price for the surgery though as the equipment is more expensive than in standard liposuction. http://www.cosmeticsurgerytruth.com/blog/?p=6177.
Dr. John Di Saia
Dr. John Di Saia
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Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Laser assisted lipo
Uses laser to help premelt fat to make it easier to remove.
Also helps to tighten skin and seal the blood vessels making for better results and faster healing than with traditional liposuction.

In brief: Laser assisted lipo
Uses laser to help premelt fat to make it easier to remove.
Also helps to tighten skin and seal the blood vessels making for better results and faster healing than with traditional liposuction.
Dr. M. Christine Lee
Dr. M. Christine Lee
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Just to add to Dr Lees excellent explanation. Laser Lipolysis is the use of a YAG laser and the beam of invisible light energy to melt fat cells and slightly cause heating of the subdermis to cause a "tightening effect. The wavelengths of the invisible light vary and are measured in nanometers (nm), In my opinion the best wavelength is the 1440 (owned by Cynosure and the SmartLipo Triplex unit). After this melting occurs I recommend aspiration of the liquid fats via a small lipo cannulae. This allows less fats to be absorbed into the blood. Finally I use a Topifoam or Kinesio taping with a girdle/binder. Healing is very fast, much less bleeding and pain than other lipo modalities. Lymphatic massage and external ultrasound are used in my practice during the post operative healing phase. Additional discussions can be addressed in other questions.
Dr. Barry Press
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: One of many methods.
To try to "emulsify" fat before suctioning to allow greater fat removal and (perhaps) more skin contraction.
It is one of a number of methods added to conventional liposuction to achieve this goal. Others are ultrasound and water under pressure. I use ultrasonic liposuction only in areas with fibrous fat: the male breast, the back, and areas that have been suctioned previously.

In brief: One of many methods.
To try to "emulsify" fat before suctioning to allow greater fat removal and (perhaps) more skin contraction.
It is one of a number of methods added to conventional liposuction to achieve this goal. Others are ultrasound and water under pressure. I use ultrasonic liposuction only in areas with fibrous fat: the male breast, the back, and areas that have been suctioned previously.
Dr. Barry Press
Dr. Barry Press
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Dr. Stan Castor
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Laser liposuction
Laser liposuction uses laser energy to melt or liquefy fat prior to removing the fat with liposuction.
Most patients find laser liposuction to be less painful with quicker recovery since the fat is melted first making it easier to remove. There is also several medical studies which show that laser liposuction tightens and firms the skin better than traditional liposuction.

In brief: Laser liposuction
Laser liposuction uses laser energy to melt or liquefy fat prior to removing the fat with liposuction.
Most patients find laser liposuction to be less painful with quicker recovery since the fat is melted first making it easier to remove. There is also several medical studies which show that laser liposuction tightens and firms the skin better than traditional liposuction.
Dr. Stan Castor
Dr. Stan Castor
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Dr. Sheila Calderon
Internal Medicine
In brief: Effeective
Laser assisted liposuction alows you to undergo removal of unwanted fat, while awake using a local anesthetic.
The laser such as cool lipo will melt the fat while the liposuction cannula will remove the fat and then the laser will tighten the skin. It allows you to get the results and shape you may be looking for with minimal down time. Discuss this in detail with your cool lipo doctor.

In brief: Effeective
Laser assisted liposuction alows you to undergo removal of unwanted fat, while awake using a local anesthetic.
The laser such as cool lipo will melt the fat while the liposuction cannula will remove the fat and then the laser will tighten the skin. It allows you to get the results and shape you may be looking for with minimal down time. Discuss this in detail with your cool lipo doctor.
Dr. Sheila Calderon
Dr. Sheila Calderon
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Dr. Mark Labowe
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: A gimmick
Liposuction using a machine that also delivers laser energy into the tissues being treated--higher risk than liposuction alone.

In brief: A gimmick
Liposuction using a machine that also delivers laser energy into the tissues being treated--higher risk than liposuction alone.
Dr. Mark Labowe
Dr. Mark Labowe
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Good
All liposuction involves suctioning fat from the body using long cannulas through small incisions.
By adding a laser first, we are able to break fibrous tissue, stop bleeding, and heat the skin so it will contract.

In brief: Good
All liposuction involves suctioning fat from the body using long cannulas through small incisions.
By adding a laser first, we are able to break fibrous tissue, stop bleeding, and heat the skin so it will contract.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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