Laser Liposuction Permanently Removes Fat
Dr. Galumbeck performs hundreds of laser liposuction surgeries every year. Known as a laser liposuction specialist, he responds to a strong demand for permanent fat removal with great results. Excess fat accumulates in many areas of the body – knees, hips, thighs, abdomen, arms, neck or face.
Many men and women find that they have inherited a family tendency to hold fat in particular areas of the body. “When I look in the mirror I see my mother and aunts” or “I’ve got my father’s love handles” are comments frequently shared by patients. Even if you eat right and exercise, these fat deposits may resist your efforts to improve your shape. Many people become discouraged about the fat that won’t go away from their hips, waist and thighs, despite rigorous exercise programs. While it is not a replacement for good eating habits and exercise, liposuction is proven to surgically optimize body contour. It selectively removes unwanted fat and unsightly bulges caused by, permanently taking away excess collections of fat cells.
Laser liposuction is the procedure in which a specifically targeted cold laser scans the exterior of the body in the area from which fat will be removed. A small incision (1/4″) is made and the liquid fat is then permanently removed. With laser assisted liposuction, recovery is very fast. The procedure is performed in the privacy and comfort of our fully accredited onsite operating suite. Patients are able to return home about one hour after the procedure, and can return to work and social activities in just a few days and are usually exercising within one week.
Compared to the standard tumescent technique, in which fat is scraped from the skin and underlying tissue, laser liposuction allows the body to heal more quickly. Bruising is less, swelling is less, allowing a quick return to work and activities. With standard liposuction techniques, a compression garment is usually worn postoperatively for 6 to 8 weeks. With laser liposuction, the garment is worn for only 4 days. Laser liposuction can be performed on all parts of the body. Many Galumbeck patients choose to have liposuction in addition to a second plastic surgery procedure. The combination procedure lets them manage one recovery and usually reduces surgical costs.
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Types of Liposuction
This form of liposuction utilizes a low level external laser (635nm wavelength) to liquefy the fat. A small cannula is then inserted under the skin to permanently remove the fat cells and sculpt the tissues for precise results. No heat is generated by this procedure, so burning cannot occur as with Smart Lipo. A study published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery° found that when compared to traditional liposuction, patients undergoing the laser liposuction procedure had less postoperative pain, less postoperative swelling and quicker recovery times. When performing tumescent liposuction our patients would wear their compression garments for six weeks, but with laser liposuction the garments are only worn for four days. Matthew Galumbeck, M.D. prefers Laser Liposuction since it allows for fast healing and precise results without the risk of burning or damage to surrounding tissues.
This form of liposuction has been around the longest, starting in the 1970s. It is the most commonly performed type of liposuction. A tumescent solution (dilute anesthetic and epinephrine, to minimize bleeding) is injected into the areas of fat to be removed. A small cannula, a hollow metal tube, is introduced through an incision in the skin and the fat is scraped out by the use of a high vacuum. Because of injury to the surrounding tissue, most patients wear a compression girdle over the areas they have had liposuction to support the healing process for six weeks.
VASER (Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance) This type of liposuction uses ultrasonic energy to emulsify fat which is then removed by a cannula. The internal probe that generates the ultrasound energy also generates a significant amount of heat which has caused 2nd and 3rd degree burns and permanent scarring.
A laser probe is inserted into the area of fat to be removed. The laser generates heat to melt the fat and the connective tissue under the skin. The melted fat is then removed by a cannula. Because this method generates heat under the skin, burns and permanent scarring have been reported.
This is a non-invasive laser system. The laser light is applied to the areas of fat. The laser is not inserted into the skin. According to the manufacturer, the laser causes a pore in each fat cell to open and the contents of the cell are released into the body. Since fat cells are not removed, they can accumulate fat contents again and grow in size. This non-invasive technique is non-specific since accurate sculpting of the body cannot be achieved.
This is a non-invasive system that freezes fat cells. A hand piece is placed on the skin over the areas of excess fat. This hand piece then suctions the skin up between two cooling plates which freezes the fat. Because this method is external, precise body sculpting cannot be achieved.