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NBC News reports on new laser-assisted technology that melts fat, offering advantages over traditional liposuction. New Image Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego, founded by Dr. Jeffrey Schafer, is a leader in this new procedure, called laser lipolysis.

There are several drawbacks associated with traditional liposuction: increased blood loss, ecchymoses, long recovery times with increased postoperative discomfort, and skin laxity. Laser-assisted lipolysis (LAL or aka Laser Lipo) has advantages.

In October 2006, a 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration for the surgical incision, excision, vaporization, ablation, and coagulation of all soft tissues and has been used for LAL as well as improvement of areas of flaccidity. The objective of this new device is to melt fat while also reducing the blood loss, ecchymoses, long recovery times and skin laxity. It achieves these improvements by destruction of adipocytes, coagulating small blood vessels and collagen, the end result being reduced adiposity, skin retraction and decreased flaccidity.

A topical anesthesia is used for the procedure. An aesthetic medical doctor sets a cannula underneath the casing to suck away the liquefied plump. A small laser liposuction can be performed in about 30 minutes. Large areas may take up to 2 hours.

Laser liposuction charges vary from $300 to thousands of dollars depending on the scope of work required.

The laser can be used in many areas of the abdomen, hips and neck.

No systemic complications have been identified and few local complications reported. These complications included local infections and skin burns. Touch-up procedures may be necessary. Laser-assisted lipolysis (LAL) is a safe adjunct to traditional tumescent liposuction which assists in melting fat and tightening the skin. LAL may serve as a useful tool for the surgeon performing liposuction.

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  • The SelectScan portable fractional hand piece offers physicians a cost-effective way to convert their CO2 lasers into a fractional system. The conversion enables the CO2 owner to offer a wider array of services including the ability to meet patient demand for the popular fractionated procedures.

    A distinct advantage of the SelectScan portable fractional hand piece, according to the company, is that it affords the physician the option of choosing the best applicable treatment parameters from among 8 different scan patterns. Based on patients’ needs and available recovery time, the SelectScan portable fractional hand piece can be used for procedures ranging from micro-ablative to conventional deep ablative. The deeper dermal penetration scanning mode removes unwanted skin cells and wrinkles while simultaneously effecting long-term remodeling of collagen.

    Still recognized as the gold standard for facial rejuvenation and tissue tightening CO2 ablative procedures have, however, declined in popularity over the past few years, in part due to the post-procedure downtime patients experience.

    Conversely, fractional CO2 resurfacing is rapidly growing in popularity. In this procedure the laser beams ablate defined tiny areas without damaging the surrounding skin. The fact that the entire epidermis is not ablated accounts for the rapid healing time; and, the skin not targeted by the laser beams triggers a natural healing process that effects skin tightening and promotes collagen genesis.

    SelectScan CO2 fractionated treatment is a 30 minute in-office procedure requiring only topical anesthetic. FDA cleared, the SelectScan CO2 portable fractional hand piece uses no consumables and has been used on over 500 patients.

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