Laser Liposuction—Could It Tighten the Skin?

Posted By on Oct 22, 2013 in Liposuction, Plastic Surgeon, Plastic Surgery Blogs | 0 comments

While liposuction surgery comes in different techniques, the tumescent approach remains the gold standard due to its reasonable safe as it allows plastic surgeons to perform the procedure completely under local anesthesia.

However, a new technique called laser liposuction is touted as a solution for saggy skin and other “irregularities” that may occur in some patients who lack skin elasticity even before the surgery.


Laser liposuction is almost the same with the standard technique; it starts with the injection of tumescent fluids (which contain local anesthesia and blood-constricting epinephrine) into the fatty area to make the fat cells swell.  But instead of using “ordinary” cannula to suction out the fat, the technique uses a small probe that releases “heat energy.”

Advocates of laser liposuction argue that the procedure provides additional benefits such as a tighter skin and less bruising after surgery.  With a “controlled” heat, it stimulates the production of a naturally occurring protein called collagen and elastin, leading to a firmer and smoother skin.

And because lasers can coagulate small blood vessels in the treated area, proponents say the new liposuction technique may also reduce bruising and potentially encourage faster recovery.

One study published by WebMD has suggested that laser liposuction could improve skin elasticity by examining patients who had the procedure on one side of their abdomen, while the other side was treated with a traditional technique.

On the other end of the spectrum, some plastic surgeons say the use of laser only adds to the cost of standard liposuction and increases the risk of complications such as burns and blisters.

And even those who advocate laser liposuction admit that the skin of patients who are “too old” no longer has the ability to make elastin and collagen, making the technique rather useless in terms of improving the skin quality.

Because there is a risk of burns, doctors who use the new technique always highlight the importance of monitoring the skin’s temperature throughout the procedure to avoid “excessive” injury.

Advocates believe that a “controlled” injury from the laser can lead to skin tightening and an overall better result.

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