Laser liposuction also known as ‘SmartLipo’, ‘laser lipo’ and laser lipolysis, is a highly effective technique of liposuction for the targeted removal of excess body fat from areas of the body that have proven resistant to diet and exercise. Laser energy applied to the fat leads to melting of the fat cells which either allows absorption by the body or for a more efficient and gentler extraction with liposuction. Fat cells that have been liquefied with laser are much easier to remove compared with traditional forms of liposuction. There is also a secondary benefit of skin tightening in the areas where laser lipo is performed. Patients with more significant degrees of skin laxity may be better suited to treatment.
Areas of the body that have been treated with laser lipo appear contoured and firmer with a smoother skin consistency. Laser lipo is seen as the gold standard of minimally invasive.
Laser lipo should not be seen as a treatment for weight loss in those who are significantly overweight or obese. It is recommended to reach your ideal target weight before considering laser lipo. Laser liposuction is ideal for healthy patients with well localised areas of excess body fat at or near their ideal body weight.
Patients who have a history of significant medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, patients undergoing active cancer treatment, patients with a history of DVT, those with cardiac conditions may not be suited to having laser liposuction. In addition, patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding are not suitable for laser lipo and should wait until three months after delivery before considering the procedure.