Laser Lipo?

Liposuction is a very localized way to reduce fat deposits on the body. The most frequently targeted areas are the arms, stomach, and thighs. The research we have conducted at Suddenly Solo has revealed that “love handles” are an area we guys are extremely sensitive about and, if given the opportunity, would like to improve. Liposuction can be very effective in this regard.

Traditional liposuction involves sucking the fat out in solid form using a hollow pen-like device. This procedure is generally reserved for people with firm skin to reduce the risk of sagging afterward. For us Suddenly Solos, this can be an issue. But the addition of lasers could spur tightening of the skin, researchers say.

Researchers looked at the extent of skin tightening in nearly 2,200 women and men who received laser liposuction in various body regions, including the belly, thighs, and arms. The relatively new procedure was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2006.

Three months after laser liposuction, the researchers found that patients had between 20 percent and 80 percent skin tightening, meaning their skin contracted to within 20 percent and 80 percent of what would be expected for the volume of fat removed. The amount that the skin “bounced back” depended on the elasticity of the skin to start with, and the body area treated.

The amount of skin tightening with laser liposuction is probably about 50 percent better than what would have been achieved with traditional liposuction, said Dr. Abbas Chamsuddin, the study’s lead author and an interventional radiologist at the Center for Laser and Interventional Surgery in Atlanta.

This newer form of liposuction also has the potential to remove more fat than traditional liposuction and lead to less blood loss because the laser dries the blood vessels, Chamsuddin said.

Both traditional and laser liposuction involve injecting a solution into the fat to numb the area and shrink blood vessels in the region (to reduce blood loss), and making a cut of about one-tenth of an inch, Chamsuddin said. Laser liposuction melts the fat with a laser before vacuuming it out with a similar pen-like device.

Needless to say, the firmer your skin is going into the procedure, the less chance of sagging afterwards, no matter what kind of lipo you choose. And as with virtually all cosmetic procedures, insurance companies will not cover it.

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