Laser lipolysis is a type of cosmetic surgery. It uses laser energy to change the shape and appearance of your body. There are other kinds of lipolysis that involve injections or radio wave treatments, but laser lipolysis is the most common technique.
- There’s little risk of infection to the treated area.
- The risk of scarring is minimal.
- The recovery period is shorter than with some other procedures. You can usually resume your normal activities about a week afterward.
Lipolysis uses lasers to break fat cells apart, reducing the volume of fatty tissue. This process is also said to tighten the skin in the area where the treatment is applied. You may find that your skin is smoother and tighter than before.
What to expect during the procedure
- You’re prepped in a sterile environment, most likely in your doctor’s office, and given sterile scrubs or a gown to wear.
- A local anesthetic is then injected into the area where you’re having lipolysis.
- Your doctor makes a very small (sometimes only a millimeter!) incision at the area where you have unwanted fat deposits.
- Your doctor inserts the laser underneath the top layer of your skin through the incision. They’ll move it back and forth under your skin from different angles. During this time, you may feel some heat or even a cold sensation. Because of the anesthesia, you shouldn’t much discomfort.
- The fat deposits that are broken up by the laser are either massaged out of the area or vacuumed out, depending on how much “melted” fat there is to remove.
This procedure usually takes less than an hour, and you’ll be awake the entire time.