Liposuction is a common surgical procedure that removes fat from particular areas of the body in order to improve contour and overall appearance. Some common areas that are operated on are the abdomen, thighs, arms, chin, neck, calves, back and hips although there are other areas as well. Traditional liposuction involves tubes being inserted underneath the skin to vacuum the fat cells out of the body. There are now new procedures that have made liposuction safer and have made recovery time much shorter.
One of the new techniques involves the use of laser technology. This technique dissolves the fat underneath the skin with less trauma to the skin and surrounding tissues. This leads to less swelling, bruising and overall discomfort. One benefit of this procedure is that it is ideal for treating fibrous fats found in the chin, ankles or man's chest. Those hard to treat areas have been the cause of low confidence for many and now there is a way to treat them.
In terms of recovery, most patients who undergo laser liposuction can resume normal activities within a few days as opposed to a recovery of several weeks with the traditional procedure. A common complaint with liposuction is that there are severe bruises on the body for quite some time after surgery. However, with laser liposuction this is not the case. This is because the laser used coagulates the blood vessels instead of disrupting the body with manual prodding. Swelling is minimal as well because the laser uses thermal heat. Thermal heat targets fat alone, rather than fat and the surrounding tissues.
Another advantage to this technique is that results are seen relatively quickly. The norm is about two to four weeks with the older version of liposuction. With the laser you can expect to see results in about one week. In addition to shorter recovery, many plastic surgeons believe that this procedure also promotes collagen growth. Collagen is a main protein that is in the skin that helps the skin to appear supple.
However, just as with other means of liposuction this is not meant as a way to lose weight. Liposuction is not recommended for overweight patients as it only removes fat without doing anything for remaining skin. If you are overweight you should get yourself to an ideal weight, under doctor's supervision, before seeking treatment. Another thing to consider with any form of liposuction is that if you gain weight, you will gain it differently than before the procedure. One rare risk involved with laser liposuction is that of the skin burning or blistering. The best way to protect yourself from this is to make sure you have a licensed and experienced physician. He or she will know how to control the level of heat so that the skin does not get damaged.
Laser liposuction is a new procedure that will supply relief and confidence to many who are fearful or wary of traditional surgical procedures. With a doctor who knows what he or she is doing, you can be on the way to enjoying a newly contoured body.