Laser body sculpting, also referred to as laser liposuction, is a body contouring technique that uses laser technology to liquefy fat deposits on a person’s body. This is done through the outermost layer of the patient’s skin. Once the fat deposits are in liquid form, a suction tool is used to suck the fat out of the body. In some cases, the laser is also used to seal the patient’s blood vessels during the sculpting process, which may result in less bleeding and swelling than people may see with traditional forms of liposuction.
The ideal candidate for laser body sculpting is in good general health and not obese. This person, however, does have fatty deposits in the abdomen, thigh, or chin areas. He may also have fatty deposits on his back. This person may have tried diet and exercise to get rid of these unwanted pockets of fat, but found the deposits resistant to such measures. The ideal laser body sculpting patient is usually looking to tone and tighten these areas rather than losing weight.
When a person undergoes laser body sculpting, a doctor typically cleanses the target area and inserts a tube containing a tiny laser into a pocket of fat. The heat from the laser melts the fat, changing it to a liquid form that can be sucked out. A small amount of the liquid fat may be absorbed by the body, however. Additionally, the laser acts on collagen in the patient’s skin, creating a skin tightening effect. The length of the procedure often depends on the areas the patient is having sculpted, but many procedures are completed in less than 60 minutes.
Many people try laser body sculpting as an alternative to traditional liposuction techniques. It is said to produce fast result without much risk. In fact, individuals who opt to use this technique are typically able to undergo the procedure without the use of general anesthesia. Local anesthesia is usually sufficient to keep patients reasonably comfortable during laser body sculpting. This means patients don’t have to risk the complications that are often associated with general anesthesia.
Generally, laser body sculpting is considered a safe procedure. Most people are able to go home within just a couple of hours of having it done. Usually, any scarring that is left over is hardly noticeable. For example, a person may have a tiny scar from the incision used to insert the laser.