Laser lipolysis targets specific areas of fat to shrink the fat cells and let the body’s natural immune system take them away. It’s a non-invasive form of body sculpting that heats and disrupts fat cells without affecting other skin cells or structures.
Sometimes we all need a quick fix with minimal effort. If a big occasion is looming and there isn’t enough time to lose superfluous fat through more traditional routes, people often wonder if there’s some sort of aesthetic intervention that could do the job.
Liposuction is a well-known cosmetic treatment that removes body fat via a tube inserted through tiny cuts to the skin. It’s an invasive procedure carried out under general (or occasionally local) anaesthetic by a plastic surgeon. Depending upon the size of the procedure and after an overnight stay in hospital, an individual’s recovery time obviously varies, and the full benefit can take up to 6 months to be seen.
Whilst liposuction might be some people’s preferred option, it just isn’t right for others, and that’s where far less invasive treatments like Laser Liposculpture or lipolysis come in. Laser lipo reduces body fat by targeting areas with low level of laser energy. This energy penetrates the skin, without any incisions or need for anaesthetic.
So, what happens?
Initially, a trained laser liposculpture therapist will discuss what you would like to achieve from your treatment.
Having decided, the areas to be targeted are accurately measured, laser paddles are placed upon them while probe lasers are placed on the appropriate lymphatic glands, and then the laser lipo machine emits low level energy for around 40 minutes. When a treatment has finished, the targeted areas are remeasured, and inch-loss can be recorded. A short bout of cardio exercise speeds up the removal of the broken-down fat cells, and that’s it.
Sounds great, but how does it actually work?
Laser liposculpture basically shrinks fat cells and allows the lymphatic system to remove the fatty liquid via the body’s perfectly normal metabolic function. By penetrating the skin to a depth of between 9mm and 13mm, the fat cells or adipocytes ‘sweat’ water, glycerol, and free fatty acids to -in effect – melt.
This causes the fat cells to shrink and in much the same way that fatty foods are digested and processed, the remaining fatty liquid created by laser lipo is removed through the body’s natural metabolic process by the lymphatic system, so inches are lost safely.
The big benefits of laser liposculpture are that it’s non-invasive, it removes small deposits of fat from targeted areas, and there’s far lower chance of leaving any loose skin behind. Nevertheless, the shrunken fat cells remain intact, and fat can still be stored in those areas – which means it’s less likely to settle around vital organs if there is any weight gain in the future.
It isn’t painful, it isn’t complicated, it doesn’t affect the neighbouring structures such as skin, blood vessels and peripheral nerves, it doesn’t harm the body in any way and recovery time is minimal.
Just in time for that big occasion.