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Nowadays laser lipo is a growing trend. People who have achieved a slender silhouette through body contouring procedures have mostly given positive laser lipo reviews. It uses a heat released by a fiber-optic tube to melt excess fat beneath the skin. Once liquefied, the fats are removed from the body using vacuum suction.
We have analyzed reviews from patients who were categorized as good candidates because they were near their ideal weight prior to surgery, they had realistic goals and expectations, and they were in their optimal health.
What To Expect From Laser Lipo:
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Laser lipo uses the same processes used in standard liposuction only with the addition of laser devices to liquefy the superficial fat, which sits close to the skin, before its removal through a suction probe called a cannula, which is smaller than the ones used in traditional liposuction. Consequently, the technique is suitable for treating smaller areas of the body or even the face, specifically the “double chin” and jowl. Most laser cannulas have an outside diameter less than or equal to 2.2 mm, which allows them to fit into smaller round incisions that typically fade into inconspicuous scars within a few months.
Laser Lipo reviews have suggested that it is gentler compared to the standard procedure, resulting in quicker recovery and less bleeding. Furthermore, patients could expect some skin tightening effects thanks to the heat energy that triggers the body to produce more collagen, which is the main structural protein found in skin.
Despite some tightening effects, take note that patients with large redundant skin, which often follows massive weight loss, will not achieve good results from laser lipo unless it is performed in conjunction with skin excision surgeries such as a tummy tuck, thigh lift, arm lift, or back lift, among others.
According to Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery’s laser lipo reviews, its average cost is $2,500 to $4,500 per area. The price varies significantly due to factors such as clinic location, surgeon’s fee, facility fee, anesthesia fee, etc.
How It Compares: Our Liposuction Reviews
Laser Lipo reviews can only achieve a high level of objectivity if the technique, including the technologies and devices it uses, is stacked up against other commonly performed liposuction procedures such as Vaser Lipo, standard liposuction, and SmartLipo.
Laser Lipo Reviews
Because Laser Lipo uses smaller cannulas, they are ideal for treating smaller areas such as the double chin and jowl. In addition, they are great for areas with highly fibrous fats like the breasts, bra rolls, around the navel, knees, and calves.
Despite being called a less invasive liposuction technique, Laser Lipo remains a surgery and thus being near one’s ideal weight, achieving optimal health, avoiding blood thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen, and discontinuing use of tobacco products prior to surgery is recommended.
Laser Lipo reviews and studies have shown it can make it easier to achieve smoother results thanks to smaller incisions, more precise fat removal, and possibly tighter skin. Nonetheless, results will still largely depend on the surgeon’s skills and the patient selection process.
The length of downtime depends on factors such as individual healing, amount of fat being removed, and use of simultaneous surgeries (body lift or tummy tuck, for instance). Nonetheless, a good number of laser lipo reviews indicate they can return to their desk job in 24 hours.
- Some tightening effect
- Possibly smoother results
- Less surgical trauma
- Less pain and discomfort, resulting in quicker recovery
- Ideal for smaller areas
- Not ideal for fat transfer (e.g., buttock augmentation via fat grafting, aka, Brazilian butt lift) because it kills the fat cells
- In terms of outcome and pain score, some studies see no remarkable difference between Laser Lipo and standard liposuction
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Vaser Lipo Reviews
Instead of laser, Vaser Lipo liquefies the fat with the use of ultrasound waves (sound waves) to loosen the fat gently before it is suctioned from the body. The perceived benefits include smoother results and less surgical trauma compared to the standard liposuction technique.
It is important to note that Vaser Lipo and other modified liposuction procedures often start with the standard technique in which tumescent fluids– which combine local anesthesia, saline, and epinephrine which constricts the blood vessels to reduce bleeding–are injected into the fatty area.
As with any body-contouring surgery, Vaser Lipo demands that you’re near your ideal weight, have realistic goals and expectations, and are in optimal health.
Preparation includes discontinuing tobacco products and blood-thinners for at least three weeks, being near one’s ideal weight, and achieving optimal health prior to surgery.
Patients achieve smooth results because the ultrasound waves liquefy the body fat before its actual extraction. Furthermore, the technique favors individuals who are particular about achieving a more athletic appearance.
Due to less swelling and bruising than traditional liposuction, Vaser Lipo may result in slightly quicker recovery. In general, patients are able to return to work a few days.
- Smoother results
- Typically results in shorter recovery than traditional liposuction
- More sculpted appearance
- Smaller incisions thanks to thinner cannulas
- Slightly more expensive than traditional liposuction
- Some people might experience prolonged numbness and inflammation
Standard Liposuction Reviews
Standard liposuction is also referred to as tumescent liposuction in which the fatty area is infused with tumescent fluids, which emulsify the fat before it is extracted with a cannula.
Tumescent fluids are comprised of local anesthesia (lidocaine), saline (sterile salt and water solution), and epinephrine (drug that constricts blood vessels and thus prevents significant blood loss).
Tumescent liposuction is the gold standard in body contouring via fat removal. In fact, most US plastic surgeons prefer it to more recent techniques due to its predictable results and longitudinal studies proving its reliability and safety provided that the guidelines are being followed.
You must be near your ideal weight or within 25 pounds of your recommended body weight. Other things to keep in mind: you must discontinue blood-thinners and tobacco products well in advance of your surgery, and follow your surgeon’s pre- and post-op instructions down to the very last detail.
Avoid blood-thinners and smoking for at least three weeks before and two weeks after surgery, and achieve your optimal health and ideal weight well in advance of your liposuction. Most doctors require lab screening prior to any elective surgery to rule out chronic medical conditions that may interfere with healing.
Despite the purported advantages of newer liposuction techniques, the truth is the final results largely depend on your surgeon’s skills, as opposed to the device or technology he’s using. In the hands of a qualified doctor you can expect smooth and natural results from the standard liposuction technique.
The recovery varies from patient to patient, although most people are back on their feet within 1-3 days. However, rigorous activities and heavy lifting are best avoided for at least four months post-op.
- No risk of burns and blisters unlike some forms of laser liposuction (SmartLipo)
- Considered the gold standard in body contouring via fat removal
- Impressive safety record
- Might be combined with other liposuction techniques (laser, ultrasound, etc.)
- May require slightly larger incisions
- Surgeons have to wait at least 10-15 minutes for the tumescent fluids to percolate uniformly through all layers
SmartLipo is actually a brand name of a laser liposuction device sold by Cynosure. (There are other competing brands that also use laser to melt away the body fat before its extraction; they include SlimLipo and Cool Lipo.)
Patients with minimal skin sag might be a good candidate for SmartLipo that causes “controlled” injury to the tissue that triggers the increase production of collagen, which is the main building block of skin, and responsible for its tightness.
As with any liposuction technique, SmartLipo entails that you avoid tobacco products, blood-thinners, yo-yo dieting (if you need to lose weight you must do it gradually through healthy lifestyle), and excessive alcohol consumption well in advance of your surgery.
As with other laser technologies used in body contouring surgery, SmartLipo provides smooth results because it liquefies fat before its extraction, as opposed to removing it in large chunks. But to reiterate, the final results still boils down to your doctor’s qualifications, i.e., years of experience, training, and board certifications.
The length of recovery is about the same as most liposuction techniques—i.e., within 1-3 days most patients can return to their desk job without any problem. Nonetheless, it is ideal to avoid strenuous activities for at least a month.
- Purported to improve skin laxity to a certain degree
- Possibly smoother results
- Ideal for treating highly fibrous fats commonly found in the male breasts, back, and calves
- Ideal for treating smaller areas
- The use of laser comes with a risk of thermal injury, AKA burns
- Many surgeons are not adept with this new technology
- In terms of results and recovery time, there is no significant difference between SmartLipo and standard liposuction, according to some studies
Finding A Reputable Doctor
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Laser Lipo reviews claim benefits that include tighter and smoother skin, we gave this body contouring technique 4.5 star rating. Nonetheless, the axiom stating that “the operator is more important than the device” still holds true for liposuction.
Instead of focusing on the technology or liposuction technique, you should scrutinize your doctor’s qualifications, particularly how long he has been doing the surgery and its adjunct procedures and how frequently he performs them.
Other things you should factor in when selecting your liposuction doctor:
- Board certifications
- Bedside manner
- Patient satisfaction rate and reputation
- Artistic views
- Tumescent, SmartLipo, Vaser Lipo, or Laser Lipo reviews
In a nutshell, a qualified plastic surgeon can produce good results with various liposuction techniques including Laser Lipo, tumescent, SmartLipo, Vaser Lipo, etc.
When selecting a liposuction surgeon, make sure that he has been certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. While it might be tempting to select a surgeon whose service is way lower than his peers, remember that cheap plastic surgeries entail some compromises such as the use of non-accredited surgical suite and other shortcuts that could jeopardize your safety. Take note that no respectable doctor would take this route.
Simply put, discount coupons only make sense if you’re having a haircut. But for plastic surgery, being a cheapskate can spell disaster.
Additional Tip: How To Scrutinize Your Surgeon’s Before-And-After Photos
The initial consultation gives you an opportunity to ask your plastic surgeon about his qualifications and to examine his before-and-after photos, which can reveal a lot about his eye for detail and artistic approach. However, pictures are only reliable when they all come in a standard appearance.
- Background color
- Pose and position of clients
- Distance from the camera
- Focal length
When each client photo is taken from the very same vantage point, you get a clear idea of your doctor’s artistic skills. After all, liposuction or any plastic surgery procedure is a perfect marriage of art and science.
A doctor who has an extensive photo gallery of liposuction patients may also indicate that his practice is focused on this surgery, which allows him to deliver smooth and natural results. Contrary to popular belief, the key to great results is to know how much fat should be left behind after surgery, as opposed to how much fat should be removed. In fact, removing too much fat can result in surgical stigmata such as surface irregularities.
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As you can see, our Laser Lipo reviews take the cake for the most natural-looking outcome. It is one of our most advanced fat-reduction technologies and it is also one of the safest and least invasive. As we have stated, it is crucial to find a qualified doctor to perform the surgery. With the right resources, you can have a successful and satisfying fat loss experience! We hope that with the information we have provided you can find a good fit for your liposuction needs.