Laser liposuction uses lasers to liquefy the fat before it is removed, making it easier to vacuum out via liposuction. Lasers may also stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which results in firmer, tighter, and smoother skin. Lasers may also coagulate small blood vessels in the area, which translates to less bruising.

Patients had laser liposuction on one side of their abdomen and traditional liposuction on the other side. They had more elasticity on the laser side at three months then on the side with traditional liposuction.

“Skin loses elasticity and gains laxity, so for areas with loose skin, laser lipo may be the way to go”.  Smartlipo Triplex, a laser energy device used for laser liposuction.

Risk

It’s not for everyone. “Lasers bring increased collagen and elastin to the party. If you are too old, cells don’t have the capacity to make collagen and elastin.”

But there is a risk of burns. “You need to monitor the temperature”.

The results — and risks — are dependent on the doctor performing the procedure.

When you injure the skin with the laser, it contracts. “There is no question that if you hit it exactly right, you will cause the skin to contract. A little injury is good, but too much and you get burned.”

Put another way: “There is a very small margin of error.”

It liquefies fat and there is no data that I am aware of that shows it consistently tightens skin. “There is a fine line between skin tightening and injury. I am not convinced that we are at a point where we can safely and predictably offer laser lipo as an option.”