Even with the most comprehensive of diet plans and exercise routines, many of us still have the stubborn areas of fat that we just cannot get rid of. It maybe around the tummy, on the thighs, after pregnancy or, for the male, unsightly ‘man boobs’.
Whilst Liposuction maybe an answer for the larger areas than need to be treated; if you want to avoid the general anaesthesia, lengthy recover periods and excessive bruising, then laser lipolysis might well be the option of choice. Laser lipolysis is generally very well tolerated, with little bruising or side effects and very effective.
Laser assisted Lipolysis is a minor body contouring procedure, which uses a fine cannula to deliver a safe, powerful laser to disrupt the fat cells causing them to melt and break down. Laser assisted Lipolysis does not involve any major procedure or general anaesthetic and tends not to give the bruising and extended recovery periods often associated with traditional liposuction. The risk of skin sagging is reduced, as the heat from the laser tightens the underlying layers of skin leaving a smooth and sculptured finish. Treatment times vary but typically take about two - four hours and patients can return to their normal routine within a couple of days.
The procedure is actually very straightforward. Firstly, you'll be given a local anaesthetic in the area you're having treated. This will numb the area, but you will remain awake and aware of what is happening. A surgeon will make a very small incision so that the laser can be inserted, and then it's a case of just lying back and relaxing for around one to two hours while the laser does its job. The exact amount of time it takes will largely depend upon the size of the area being treated. For example, treating the chin area may be much quicker than treating the stomach.
Ideal candidates are those with stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Laser lipo is not a treatment for obesity – it is designed for the reduction of localised areas of fat and skin tightening in people who are a normal body weight.