Laser lipolysis, commonly known as ‘laser lipo,’ is a minor surgical procedure for the removal of stubborn pockets of fat such as saddlebags, love handles and double chins. It can effectively reduce areas of fat resistant to diet or exercise with fewer side effects than traditional procedures such as liposuction. The procedure uses a laser to effectively ‘melt’ unwanted fat on the face and body. The fat is removed when it metabolizes in the body or through ‘aspiration,’ a form of suction that allows Dr. Karcher to remove greater quantities of fat.
Because you are awake throughout the procedure, there are fewer risks involved than with traditional liposuction, which is often done under general anesthesia.
Ideal candidates are those with stubborn fat deposits that are resistant to diet and exercise. Laser Lipolysis is not a treatment for obesity – it is designed for the reduction of localized areas of fat and skin tightening in people who are a normal body weight.
Laser lipolysis is recommended for the removal of up to 500mls of fat, so you may need liposuction to remove larger quantities of fat.
You may be required to rest for an hour or so following treatment, but normal activities can usually be resumed the following day. It is best to avoid vigorous physical activity for 1-2 weeks after this procedure.
You should notice some weight loss and tighter skin immediately following treatment, but the final results are seen gradually over a number of weeks as your body continues to process and naturally remove the melted fat.
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