Laser Liposuction: Are You a Good Candidate?
Is Laser Liposuction Right for You?
Liposuction, including laser liposuction, is not for the person with a lot of weight to lose. Someone with more than 25 pounds to lose, for instance, is not a good candidate. The best candidate for laser liposuction or even traditional lipo is someone within 20 to 25 pounds of his or her ideal weight, and who has tried diet and exercise to lose a pocket or pockets of fat with no success.
- For overall fat deposits like those found on a person who’s more than 25 pounds overweight, diet and exercise are the only option. For someone who wants liposuction but weighs above that threshold, losing weight would help make that person a good candidate.
Physical Condition for Laser Liposuction
- If someone is a good candidate physically for traditional liposuction, then he or she is an equally good candidate for laser liposuction. In fact, many people who could not or wouldn’t undergo regular liposuction because of the general anesthesia used can undergo laser liposuction with no worries.
- There’s no need for a patient to be unconscious with laser lipo; a local anesthetic is used instead. This removes the most serious risks from the procedure. Any surgery requiring general anesthetic carries the risk of potentially serious complications, no matter how simple or common the surgery is. With the need for general anesthesia eliminated, many more people can now benefit from laser liposuction.
- People with fatty deposits in the face, chin or neck that couldn’t be treated with traditional liposuction can have those areas reduced with laser liposuction. Traditional liposuction required a tube to be inserted into the fatty tissue and moved around vigorously and aggressively to break down the fat cells so they could be suctioned out.
The Difference with Laser Liposuction
- With laser liposuction, there’s no need for this vigorous motion that caused so much trauma and bruising. The laser destroys the fat cells, turning them into liquid and that’s easily suctioned away. In fact, in some laser lipo techniques, no suction is used at all, further minimizing tissue trauma. Instead, the liquid from the dissolved cells is allowed to drain into the body and be reabsorbed.
- A good candidate for liposuction will also have a reasonable expectation about the result. While laser liposuction will show an instant difference in the area, it can’t change the general shape of your body. The fat will be reduced, giving an instant slimming effect and making the body look more toned in that area. But if you’re unhappy with the length of your thighs, for instance, or the overall shape of your chin, having laser lipo on your thighs or beneath your jaw won’t help those things. You should be prepared for improvement, but don’t hold out unrealistic hopes.
If for some reason you don’t feel you’re a good candidate for laser liposuction, or you’ve been told by a physician that you’re not, don’t give up hope if you want the procedure. A new type of laser liposuction doesn’t require an incision or healing time. This newer laser liposuction may be the one for you.