Laser hair removal and laser resurfacing are household terms now. Laser lipolysis is still somewhat new and intriguing.

Unlike traditional liposuction, laser lipolysis does not do the suction part. Instead, the cannula housing the laser is inserted into the area and used to liquefy the fat. Then the liquefied fat is drained from the body through very tiny incisions (1-2mm) with less suctioning than that used in a traditional liposuction techniques.

Laser lipolysis is gentler since it allows the practitioner to use much smaller cannulas. The smaller cannulas also mean smaller incisions, so there is less scarring. The heat generated by the laser is another great benefit because it works well with the body’s own healing response and causes tissues to contract, leaving skin tighter in the treated area. This may be the best part of laser lipolysis since the traditional liposuction method of merely “sucking out the fat” can leave patients with uneven contours and skin texture changes.

Laser lipolysis requires less downtime for recovery since it is less invasive and less traumatic to the patient’s tissues. Most patients experience mild to moderate discomfort in the initial post operative period, but can return to all usual activities in 3 or 4 days after the procedure.