Laser Alternative to Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure which can be used to lose weight by those who are unable to lose weight through dieting and/or exercising or simply do not have the time. It is a very convenient method in which a qualified physician r plastic surgeon uses a device to suck fat cells out of a part of the body or the entire body. The removal of the fat cells from beneath the skin results in more intact skin that is not sagging and loss in weight with reported values being as high as 50 pounds. This procedure however has its downsides. It is quite invasive as it involves making incisions through which cannulas get into the body and confers the risk for oversuction in which excessive fat tissue is removed. This could lead to dents in the affected body parts. The good news is that there are alternatives to this procedure including laser-powered ones. Here is a look at two laser alternatives to liposuction.


sculpsure-onlineThis procedure has only been recently approved for use by FDA but the benefits are quite many. Unlike liposuction, it is non-invasive and no incisions need to be made. The end goal of getting rid of body fat is still achieved though. In this procedure, laser applicators are used to zap fat under the skin without affecting the skin on top of the particular part. SculpSure can be used to help in reducing fatty deposits in thighs, tummy and hips. According to studies, the procedure results in fat reductions of up to 30%. Among the many reasons why one should consider this include that the procedure is painless and does not require anesthesia, recovery time is immediate and that the only side effect is tenderness that lasts less than a week. The only demerit is that the procedure is expensive with a 25 minute session costing about $1400.

Diode Laser Lipo

In this procedure, a laser beam of 50mW is applied to the skin to break down fatty deposits beneath it. It is able to penetrate up to 9mm and a single session results in fat reduction by up to 5 centimeters in circumference in a single treatment. The procedure applies cold laser to break down the fatty deposits and further enhance the metabolism of the triglycerides produced from the breakdown. The cannulas used in this procedure are micro in size measuring about a millimeter each. This is quite small compared to what liposuction uses. The procedure however still requires the use of anesthesia (local or general).