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Laser liposuction is better, right?

Published onJuly 1, 2012

The marketers know that lasers are sexy. For everything from wrinkles to fat, people want to know, is laser better? It sounds cutting-edge and many individuals are certainly willing to drop money for laser marketing’s promise of superior results, but when we consult science, peer-reviewed studies, and expert physicians there just isn’t a basis for the the claims that laser liposuction, laser resurfacing, and so on are better choices than the meticulously researched and developed methods of tumescent liposuction, chemical peels, and other standards of top care that laser treatments are attempting to replace.

Some facilities are invested–literally–in selling you laser liposuction treatment because the laser tools used are very expensive to lease or to buy. Once this purchase is made, in order to make up the cost a provider is then motivated to do as many laser procedures as possible. This is a sad predicament for both the doctor and the client; for many had good intentions and high hopes for laser technologies in liposuction, and many clients are being recommended these purportedly “miraculous” laser treatments that aren’t right for them.

How does liposuction work? Answering this question can shed light onto the marketing claims of laser treatments. Laser liposuction is actually a variation of tumescent liposuction, which is a safe and fast-healing procedure in which a small cannula is inserted into a small incision that enables a skilled cosmetic surgeon to sculpt the contour of the body in that region through removal of fat. This is not a weight-loss method but a shaping technique for people with relatively stable weights but certain areas on the body with excess fat that has not been improved through diet and exercise. With laser liposuction, the cannula has a laser attached to its end, and it must go through a larger incision. Dr. Steinsapir utilizes a smaller microcannula to perform tumescent liposuction, enabling precise control and refined shaping, and minimizing tissue trauma. More importantly the thermal injury associated with laser liposuction is avoided. Dr. Steinsapir feels this speeds recovery compared with laser methods.

Still other treatments such as Zerona Laser Treatment and i-Lipo are noninvasive in that all they do is shine a light on the skin. With no valid peer-reviewed studies to support the effectiveness of these products, and considering that they rely on your exercise regimen after treatment, you’re probably better off with a gym membership and personal trainer.

To sum it up, much has been promised from the laser liposuction market with little to support its claims and no evidence that it’s better than microcanula liposuction. For positive and customized results, and for no-nonsense answers about what liposuction is and isn’t, call Dr. Steinsapir to schedule a consultation. His friendly, conversational, professional expertise can help you demystify liposuction and develop an individualized plan for you.

About Dr. Steinsapir
Dr. Steinsapir is a board certified eye surgeon and fellowship-trained in oculoplastic surgery and cosmetic surgery in Los Angeles where he specializes in balanced facial cosmetic surgery for natural results, with an emphasis on minimally invasive techniques, fast recovery time, and leadership in medical technology. Dr. Steinsapir has a private practice and also serves as an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Steinsapir’s experience and training make him an expert in cosmetic surgery, which can be a vital part of your evidence-based treatment plan.

Services described may be “off-label” and lack FDA approval. This article is informational and does not constitute an advertisement for off-label treatment. No services should be provided without a good faith examination by a licensed physician or surgeon and an informed consent with a discussion of risks, benefits, alternatives, and the likelihood of treatment success. Only you and your treating physician or surgeon can determine if a treatment is right for you.