True laser liposuction is a surgical procedure where laser fiber is passed under the skin and into the fat. The laser melts the fat for a smoother result, and it helps tighten the skin. Don’t confuse this procedure with non-surgical devices with deceptively similar names. Contrary to widespread belief, laser liposuction is not significantly different from traditional tumescent liposuction. Both procedures offer similar levels of comfort, have similar recovery times, and both can be performed with any level of anesthesia.
Laser liposuction starts off with the same tumescent technique as “regular” liposuction. However, laser liposuction adds an additional fat melting and skin tightening step. This extra step is the biggest difference between regular tumescent liposuction and laser liposuction.
During the initial lasering step, the laser fiber is passed under the skin to melt fat and heat the undersurface of the skin. This additional helps to melt dense fat (found in the breasts and back) as well as providing the additional benefit of tightening the skin in areas that are prone to sagging such as the neck, arms, and inner thighs. In some cases, the laser may be used after suctioning to heat the dermis (under side of the skin) to help stimulate more skin contraction. The laser step can add quite a bit of time to the procedure compared to regular liposuction, so Laser Liposuction tends to be more expensive for both the equipment used and the time required to perform the procedure.