Differences between Laser Lipo and Ultrasound Liposuction

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The advancement of new technologies and methods have led to the development of new body contouring methods such as laser liposuction and ultrasound liposuction. These procedures remove excess fat that is not responsive to diet and exercise. Such kind of methods can be usually used to extract localized deposits of fat from the following areas:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Back
  • Waist
  • Hips
  • Buttocks
  • Chin
  • Face

However, though they are both body sculpting treatments, there are some differences between laser lipolysis and ultrasound lipo:

Laser Lipo – SmartLipo Triplex uses laser energy delivered beneath the skin through a probe to melt the fat, after which the fat is suctioned out. As the cannula with the laser probe is very small, only tiny incisions are required to insert it.  This method is gentle and safe results in less scarring than conventional liposuction. The laser helps in tissue coagulation which causes the skin to tighten and become smoother. This procedure targets only fat cells, thus protecting muscle and nerve tissue. The advantages of laser lipolysis is that there is less pain, quick recovery ,faster healing ,minimal downtime , less bleeding, minor swelling and bruising. The treatment is usually carried out on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia, depending on the amount of fat required to be removed.

Ultrasound Lipo – Ultrasound Assisted Lipo uses ultrasound energy for melting and removing unwanted, diet and exercise resistant fat from different areas of the body. Ultrasound liposuction using VASERlipo is a procedure that uses high-pitched sound waves to liquefy fat in a specific area, without affecting the surrounding blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue before it is removed. UAL is a type of liposuction that can be successfully used for fat removal in hard-to-treat areas such as the chin, neck, cheeks, knees, calves, and ankles. It is usually beneficial for patients who require more precise body contouring. There are several benefits associated with UAL fat removal; it is an effective tool for removing fat from fibrous areas such as the male breasts or the back, or for removing larger volumes of fat in a single procedure. This treatment is done on an outpatient basis and can achieve results comparable to traditional liposuction within minimal downtime and lesser post-operative side effects.

Regardless of the modality used, the results of liposuction surgery depend greatly on the surgeon’s skill and expertise. So it is crucial to find a plastic surgeon who is specifically trained in performing body contouring procedures using these innovative technologies.