It seems like nowadays that there is a laser procedure used to help you with virtually any part of your body, including liposuction. Unlike, traditional liposuction which involves going under anesthesia in order to scrape and suck out excess fat from your body, laser assisted liposuction is a bit different and less invasive. Read on to learn more.
What does the procedure entail?
Before your procedure, the doctor will numb your skin with a local anesthetic and then cut a small hole in your skin in order to fit a small tube, called a cannula, into it. Then, the surgeon will use the cannula to administer a tumescent anesthesia— anesthesia that has lidocaine, epinephrine, and saline— into your skin. Not only will the tumescent anesthesia help to numb the area but it also helps to solidify fats as well. Once the tumescent anesthesia has been put into place, the surgeon will then take out the cannula and insert a laser probe into your skin. Once inserted, the laser probe will move back and forth in order to melt away fat cells and deposits. After the fat cells are melted, the surgeon will then insert another cannula into your skin in order to vacuum up the fatty deposits. Afterwards, your incision will be stitched up and you will be sent to the waiting room for an hour or two in order to be evaluated. Once deemed ready, you can then go home and rest.
What is recovery like?
Because laser liposuction is a procedure that isn’t nearly as invasive as traditional liposuction, recovery is fairly minimal. Although you will be required to avoid things like strenuous workouts and heavy lifting for a few weeks in order to allow your incision site to heal, you will likely be able to go back to work after just a day or two of rest.
No matter what type of liposuction you decide to get, they are both very effective treatments. If you are interested in learning more about laser liposuction or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact The Plastic Surgery Group of Rochester today!