No matter how much exercise you do or how much of your diet you change, excess body fat can still linger in certain areas, making skin appear flabby, saggy or even loose. Liposuction is a procedure designed to specifically eliminate fat in problem areas. This can offer better results than you would attain via diet or exercise alone. The major problem with liposuction is that it has traditionally required surgery to remove fat. Even minimally invasive surgeries still have the chance to leave scars, loose skin and a plethora of other issues.
Understanding Traditional Liposuction
When most people think of liposuction, the traditional form of liposuction comes to mind. During the procedure, a small incision is made before a machine removes portions of fat. The main advantage of this form of liposuction is that it can drastically reduce the amount of time it takes for skin to tighten by removing excess skin. This allows it to produce results in an extremely timely manner.
The drawbacks of traditional liposuction can be numerous. The procedure itself can be hard on the patient’s body or impossible to perform due to the amount of fat in an area. It may require numerous procedures to acquire the results that the patient desires.
Scars are yet another mandatory drawback of traditional liposuction, even when the procedure itself is done with minimally invasive techniques.
How Does Laser Liposuction Work?
Laser liposuction utilizes special frequencies of high-energy light. These photons pass through skin to reach the deeper layers of fat that reside beneath it without requiring an incision to be made. The laser light translates to heat, damaging the fat beneath the skin. This allows the body to dissolve the damaged fat cells over time, gradually allowing the skin to tighten over a period of weeks to months.
The main advantage of laser liposuction is that it does not require an incision to be made, permitting the upper layers of the patient’s skin to remain without scar tissue. The other advantage is that there is no minimal recovery period for laser liposuction. Side effects such as reddened skin dissipate within a few days in most cases. The drawback of laser liposuction is that it provides limited results. Lasers can only penetrate through so much fat before they begin to damage the upper layers of skin.
Traditional Liposuction vs. Laser Liposuction: Which is Best?
Traditional liposuction remains best for areas where there may be significantly denser deposits of fat where scarring will have a minimal impact upon the patient’s skin. Areas like the underarms, calves and buttocks tend to represent areas where traditional liposuction shines.
Laser liposuction, on the other hand, is best for areas where there may be smaller amounts of fat. The face, the neck, and the upper arms represent areas where laser liposuction may provide optimal results.
While traditional liposuction and laser liposuction excel in specific situations, an experienced specialist can help determine which procedure will be right for your unique circumstances. At Southeastern Dermatology, we have extensive experience helping patients get their ideal image. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.