Stubborn areas of fat can be successfully removed with the help of laser lipolysis. This treatment uses laser heat energy to destroy fat cells, and can generally be used on the abdomen, thighs, buttocks and arms.
How does laser lipolysis work?
Targeted laser energy is delivered through the skin and absorbed by fat cells, causing them to heat up and rupture in a process known as lipolysis. The contents of these fat cells are then removed through the body’s lymphatic system.
As well as reducing fat, laser technology can also stimulate collagen production to tighten skin in the treatment area. This helps prevent the sagging that can sometimes occur after a fat reduction treatment.
Who is suitable for treatment?
Laser lipolysis is not a weight loss solution, and is most suited to those looking to shift stubborn areas of fat that are resistant to diet and exercise.
If you’re looking for a subtle improvement in body contouring and definition, then this treatment could be a good option.
It’s not recommended in those with certain medical conditions, so a detailed consultation with a qualified professional is essential to determine if it’s right for you.
What results are expected from laser lipolysis?
Patients who undergo laser lipolysis treatment can expect to see a reduction in fat, along with tighter, firmer skin.
It’s important to highlight that a difference will not be visible immediately – it can take a few weeks for the fat to be completely eliminated by the body – and multiple treatments are required for the most effective results.
Does the procedure hurt?
A warm sensation during laser lipolysis treatment is expected, as the procedure heats your skin. Local anaesthetic can be used to numb the treatment area in advance, so discomfort is kept to a minimum.
Are there any risks associated with laser lipolysis?
Redness and swelling are normal after treatment and will subside after a few days.
Much like other procedures that use heat, there is a small risk of burns. Infection can also occur if your practitioner does not follow hygiene protocols.
It is extremely important that you see an appropriately qualified specialist before undergoing any laser treatment.